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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
First recorded in 1630-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for tent stitch
Historical Examples
  • If you work in tent stitch, work straight, or your performance will be uneven when taken out of the frame.

  • Over stitch instead of tent stitch was the order of the day.

  • For Gobelin stitch and tent stitch undivided canvas (not Penelope) is required.

    Beeton's Book of Needlework Isabella Beeton
  • She must always be at her books, and I cannot make her care for her embroidery, her tent stitch, nor the cooking.

    Two Royal Foes Eva Madden
  • Many Eastern carpets are worked upon a strong canvas in a kind of tent stitch, and so come under the heading of canvas work.

  • "tent stitch and the use of the globes" was no longer advertised as a part of school routine.

  • tent stitch (fig. 80) is the finest canvas stitch, and is therefore suitable for work involving much detail.

  • There were the twins with their tent stitch, Carl with his pencil and drawing book, Bettina with her knitting.

    Two Royal Foes Eva Madden
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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