Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A loose and open mesh used in pillow-lace making, with which a pattern is outlined and also a simple kind of filling is put in.

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Examples

  • You begin STEM-STITCH (G) with the usual half-stitch.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • In the case of stems or other lines curved and worked obliquely, the stitches must be very much closer on the inner side of the curve than on the outside: occasionally a half-stitch may be necessary to keep the direction of the lines right, in which case the inside end of the half-stitch must be quite covered by the stitch next following.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • You begin as in ordinary crewel-stitch, but after the first half-stitch you take up

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • Then, holding the thread downwards, instead of proceeding as in crewel-stitch (A) you slant your needle so as to bring it out a thread or two higher up than the half-stitch, but precisely above it.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • The two simpler forms of herring-bone (it is always worked from left to right, and begun with a half-stitch) marked A and C on the sampler are strikingly different in appearance, and are worked in different ways -- as will be seen at once by reference to the back of the sampler

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • Having made a half-stitch entering the material at the upper edge of the work, bring the needle out on the lower edge of it immediately opposite.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • Thence take a long slanting stitch upwards from left to right, bring the needle out on the lower edge immediately opposite, cross it by a rather shorter stitch from right to left, entering the stuff at the point where the first half-stitch ended, bring this out on the lower edge, opposite, and the stitch is done.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery

  • The Spanish half-stitch as shown in fig. 309, can only be done over 4 and 2 threads and worked one way, not to and fro.

    Encyclopedia of Needlework

  • A _half-stitch_ is thus formed, and must be tightened by being drawn closely to the forefinger and thumb of the left hand.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework

  • When this is done, guide with the unoccupied fingers of the left hand this second half-stitch up to the other, thus completing _one stitch_.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework

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