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noun
  1. ornamental work done by drawing threads from a fabric, the remaining portions usually being formed into lacelike patterns by needlework.

Origin of drawn work

First recorded in 1585–95
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Examples from the Web for drawn work

Historical Examples

  • The effect is similar to one of the drawn-work hem-stitches.

    The Art of Modern Lace Making

    The Butterick Publishing Co.

  • I guess he means Mexican drawn-work, explained Ruth with a smile.

  • Mrs. Tellamantez took out her drawn-work and pinned it to her knee.

    Song of the Lark

    Willa Cather

  • Drawn-work linen squares over mahogany make an attractive luncheon table.

  • Even the peddlers of lace and drawn-work find it hard to accustom themselves to the occidental idea of a market price.

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    Samuel P. Orth


British Dictionary definitions for drawn work

drawn work

noun
  1. ornamental needlework done by drawing threads out of the fabric and using the remaining threads to form lacelike patternsAlso called: drawn-thread work
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