from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In decorative design, a motive largely composed of ribbons, tied in knots, festooned or flowing, often used in the Italian Renaissance.


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  • Mrs Bray presented a ribbon-work cushion; Dr Smalley, some of the jam-spoons; Andrew, a bread-fork; and Mr J. Sorrel, great-uncle of the bride, a silver cream-jug; while Mr Claude (alias "Dora") Eweword kept himself in mind by an afternoon tea-set.

    Some Everyday Folk and Dawn

  • Ever afterwards it was associated in her mind with the story of _Cranford_, which was being read aloud, and the very sight of ribbon-work would recall Miss Matty or the other quaint inhabitants of the old-world village.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl

  • Marjorie was embroidering a nightdress case in ribbon-work.

    A Patriotic Schoolgirl

  • Various lists from which one may choose are given at the end of this chapter; but special comment may be made on those most suitable for bedding, and in its modification in ribbon-work and sub-tropical massing.

    Manual of Gardening (Second Edition)

  • Florrie Elder is going to have a blue drawing-room, and Marie is working her a cushion of the most ex-quisite ribbon-work you ever did see.

    A Houseful of Girls


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