drawn work

  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

Words Nearby drawn work

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How to use drawn work in a sentence

  • In others, a luncheon cloth of embroidered linen, lace or drawn work is used for these less formal meals.

  • He says that a sort of embroidery was called network, and certain drawn work he calls “opus filatorium.”

    Needlework As Art | Marian Alford
  • Even the peddlers of lace and drawn-work find it hard to accustom themselves to the occidental idea of a market price.

    Our Foreigners | Samuel P. Orth
  • To point the need of obedience, Rosario seated herself on the porch, and began doing some drawn work upon which she was engaged.

    Brand Blotters | William MacLeod Raine
  • Drawn-work effects are seen also in these central figures and along the borders.

    The Art of Modern Lace Making | The Butterick Publishing Co.

British Dictionary definitions for drawn work

drawn work

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

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