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
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Historical Examples of tent stitch

  • 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

  • A picture in tent-stitch is even more foolish than a picture in mosaic.

    Art in Needlework

    Lewis F. Day

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

  • 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

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

British Dictionary definitions for tent stitch

tent stitch


another term for petit point (def. 1)

Word Origin for tent stitch

C17: of uncertain origin
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