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point d'esprit

[French pwan de-spree] /French pwɛ̃ dɛˈspri/
noun
1.
a bobbinet or tulle with oval or square dots woven in an irregular pattern.
Origin of point d'esprit
1860-1865
1860-65; < French: spirit (i.e., Holy Ghost) stitch
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  • These four patterns will be found useful for filling up small squares, or for varying the usual groundwork of point d'esprit.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • It is embroidered in darning stitch, and point d'esprit, and wheels.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • This pattern is worked in point d'esprit, edged with an outline of point de reprise.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • Few know enough about the subject to distinguish cheese-cloth from point d'esprit.

  • The ground of this simple pattern is worked in point d'esprit, square wheels are worked in the centre of the strip.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • They are darned in linen stitch, darning stitch, and point d'esprit, with Mecklenburg thread.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • The pattern is worked in point d'esprit, linen, and darning stitch, as can be seen in illustration.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • No. 517 is worked in point de feston and point de Bruxelles, alternately round a centre simply crossed by point d'esprit threads.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • The edge is overcast, the ground worked in point d'esprit, the border in point de toile, and the pattern in point de reprise.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • It is worked in point de feston and star wheels; the border is in point d'esprit.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton

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