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petit point

[pet-ee] /ˈpɛt i/
a small stitch used in embroidery.
Compare gros point (def 1), tent stitch.
embroidery done on a canvas backing and resembling woven tapestry.
1880-85; < French: literally, small stitch Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for petit-point

petit point

/ˈpɛtɪ ˈpɔɪnt; French pəti pwɛ̃/
Also called tent stitch. a small diagonal needlepoint stitch used for fine detail
work done with such stitches, esp fine tapestry
Compare gros point
Word Origin
French: small point
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Encyclopedia Article for petit-point

petit point

form of canvas embroidery similar to cross-stitch embroidery (q.v.), but even finer because of its small scale. The squareness and regularity of the outlines of the forms represented is less apparent at ordinary viewing distance. The stitch used-also called petit point or tent stitch-is worked either in diagonal or horizontal rows across the intersection of the canvas threads. The thread is carried back from stitch to stitch in a uniform manner to ensure that the pull of the thread at the front is consistent.

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