[mass noun] A type of embroidery on a canvas ground, consisting of small, diagonal, adjacent stitches.‘cushions covered in petit point’[as modifier] ‘petit point chairs’
- ‘The stitchers display dazzling skill and finesse, creating textured surfaces of petit point, needlepoint, beading, embroidery, appliqué, smocking and macramé.’
- ‘Another type of chair which recurs has a square back and is covered in tapestry or petit point, with a pattern of flowers and leaves in green and buff.’
- ‘The original is surely a vast Gobelin tapestry, not a row of petit point cushions?’
- ‘‘An interior drawer reveals a tiny, hand-made acorn, and the exterior has one panel embroidered in petit point and the rest in satin stitch,’ he said.’
Late 19th century: from French, literally little stitch.