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tent stitch

a short, slanting stitch used in embroidery.
Compare gros point (def 1), petit point (def 1).
Origin of tent stitch
1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Historical Examples
  • Above the mantel were suspended the armorial bearings of the Heathcotes and the Hardings, elaborately emblazoned in tent-stitch.

    The Wept of Wish-Ton-Wish James Fenimore Cooper
  • She does, core of my heart,—she does, and is as ignorant of music as I am of tent-stitch.

    My Novel, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • She does, core of my heart, she does, and is as ignorant of music as I am of tent-stitch.

  • tent-stitch, for instance, plays an important part in the wreath border of Fig. 8.

  • This is taken from a quaint little needle-book dated 1703; the design itself being worked in tent-stitch.

  • 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 E. Barrington
  • Green and tawny and red—red and tawny and green; tent-stitch down here, and satin-stitch up yonder.

    The White Lady of Hazelwood Emily Sarah Holt
  • A picture in tent-stitch is even more foolish than a picture in mosaic.

    Art in Needlework Lewis F. Day
British Dictionary definitions for tent-stitch

tent stitch

another term for petit point (sense 1)
Word Origin
C17: of uncertain origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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