from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A stitch used in worsted-work and embroidery, single and not crossed, the stitches lying side by side in a diagonal direction. Also called petit point.


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  • "My dear Jane -- I wish you would just put by that everlasting tent-stitch, and listen to me for a few moments," &c.

    International Miscellany of Literature, Art and Science, Vol. 1, No. 3, Oct. 1, 1850 Various

  • However, I took this as a sign of grace in my prodigal, and desired Anne to see the rooms prepared and that she should not attend me with my tent-stitch after dinner, as wishing to keep flint and steel apart, which your Ladyship will admit was a prudence to be desired.

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty

  • I was seated in the garden with my tent-stitch, when out comes Pratt to say a young woman requested an audience of me.

    The Ladies A Shining Constellation of Wit and Beauty

  • "She does, core of my heart, she does, and is as ignorant of music as I am of tent-stitch."

    The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852 Various

  • I receive visits upon idle days, and I shade my life as I do my tent-stitch, that is, make as easy transitions as I can from business to pleasure; the one would be too flaring and gaudy without some dark shades of t'other; and if I worked altogether in the grave colours, you know 'twould be quite dismal.

    Lady Mary Wortley Montague Melville, Lewis 1925

  • For the background we will use still another stitch, and when you are covering large spaces the work is to be done in tent-stitch.

    Masters of the Guild L. Lamprey 1910

  • They worked crewel bed hangings and cross-stitch and tent-stitch upholstery in the seventeenth century, and in still earlier times richly ornamented linens and other fabrics with flowers and scriptural subjects.

    Chats on Household Curios 1900

  • The wonderfully wrought pictures in tent-stitch, for example, bequeathed to us by the 17th century, are painful object lessons in what not to do.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery Mary Buckle 1877

  • What is known as tent-stitch (A in the sampler opposite) is a sort of half cross-stitch; its peculiarity is that it covers only one thread of the canvas at a stroke, and is therefore on a more minute scale than stitches which are two or three threads wide, as cross-stitch may, and cushion-stitch must, be.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery Mary Buckle 1877

  • A picture in tent-stitch is even more foolish than a picture in mosaic.

    Art in Needlework A Book about Embroidery Mary Buckle 1877


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