A Victorian Bachelor Button Centerpiece

The foundation for the Bachelor Button centerpiece is linen, with a design of Bachelor Button sprays. The edge is buttonholed.

Bachelor Button Centerpiece

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Silk Floss would work nicely here, as the design of edge is so fine. White or color can be used, as preferred. The flowers may be worked in LONG AND SHORT STITCH or SOLID KENSINGTON, with five closely related purple-blue shades or five shades of closely related gray-blue shades. For the stalks and leaves, use four closely related green shades.

A great deal depends on the worker in all these designs. Great care must be taken to shade as nearly natural as possible.

MATERIALS (based on the size of 18" x 18") - Linen 18 x 18 inches; 6 skeins for flowers; 6 of green for stalks and stems; 6 for edge.

Note: To download the pattern, click to enlarge the picture, save it to your graphics program (or in a text box in Microsoft Word) and enlarge as needed.  Of course your print size will depend on how large your printer is able to print.  If you enlarge it to a larger size than your printer can handle and save it, you may also take it to your nearest print shop and have them print it for you. Make sure you let them know what size you are expecting to ensure their printing capabilities allow this.

This was published in Brainerd and Armstrong's 1896 Doyley and Centre-piece Book.

Here are some more AUTHENTIC
Victorian Centerpiece Patterns

For more embroidered centerpiece or doily designs see the following pages. These were especially adapted to tray or centerpieces but the difference between a centerpiece and doily is so unclear that the purpose of the embroidered piece is simply a matter of choice. 

Square Centerpiece     Round Centerpiece   Oblong Centerpiece

Narcissus Table Runner      Morning Glory Centerpiece      Violet Centerpiece

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