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1. embroidery  (noun) 
decorative needlework

  Also known as: fancywork


  More Specific:
candlewick - loops of soft yarn are cut to give a tufted pattern
crewelwork - embroidery done with loosely twisted worsted yarn
cross-stitch - embroidery done in cross-stitch
cutwork - embroidery in which the design is outlined in a buttonhole stitch and the intervening material is cut away
drawnwork - ornamental needlework done by drawing threads to form lacelike patterns
hemstitch - embroidery similar to drawnwork
needlepoint - embroidery consisting of allover embroidered canvas resembling tapestry
sampler - a piece of embroidery demonstrating skill with various stitches
smocking - embroidery consisting of ornamental needlework on a garment that is made by gathering the cloth tightly in stitches


  More Generic:
    needlework     needlecraft


2. embroidery  (noun) 
elaboration of an interpretation by the use of decorative (sometimes fictitious) detail; "the mystery has been heightened by many embellishments in subsequent retellings"

  Also known as: embellishment


  More Generic:
    expansion     enlargement     elaboration


 

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