What Is Petit Point?

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Brigitta J. Vetter Profile
Petit point, some also call it Tent stitch, is a small embroidery stitch that is worked diagonally across the intersection of one horizontal and one vertical thread on needlework canvas.

It is also synonymous with the term Needlepoint which is a form of Canvas work embroidery worked on canvas mesh.

Petit point comes from French , meaning "small point". Many do petit point embroidery today as a hobby and make evening handbags, small pictures, powder-tins, purses, pill-boxes etc.; the favourite motif of petit point is flowers, and of these - the rose being an absolute favourite. In past centuries women also preferred angel-faces or the bleeding heart of Jesus. Deep-red, purple and pink in all shades make petit point embroidery a very lively accesory. Petit point embroidery was a favorite wedding-present from one girlfriend to the other in the old days. Quite a challenge, considering that young ladies refused to wear glasses out of vanity and to do petit point requires keen eyesight!
Brigitta J. Vetter Profile
Similar to cross-stitching, Petit Point, is commonly a small piece of embroidery- with stitches worked diagonally across two threats on finely woven needlework canvas. This canvas is usually fastened into a round wooden stitching frame.

Petit point comes from the French language and it means "small point". Many people do petit point embroidery today as a hobby and make evening handbags, small pictures, powder-tins, purses, pill-boxes etc.; the favourite motif of petit point is flowers, and of these - the rose being an absolute favourite. In past centuries women, influence by religion, - also preferred angel-faces of the guardian angel or the bleeding heart of Jesus, to express compassion. Favourite colour scheme of petit point is deep-red, purple and pink in all shades, so this makes petit point embroidery a very pretty and lively accessory and a must-have article for every fine lady of standing. Such fine embroidery was a favourite wedding-present from one girlfriend to the other in the old days. Quite a challenge, considering that young ladies refused to wear glasses out of vanity and to do petit point requires keen eyesight! Failing this, the ladies used a magnifying glass for stitching – and contemporary artists included this item in their paintings of ladies – sitting near a window, head gracefully bowed over their stitching-frame. Next time you go to a museum, take in those paintings with new meaning! Or watch out for petit-point items during your next treasure hunt in antique shops!

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