This banner fronted shelf was the perfect addition to almost any Victorian room. It allowed Victorian ladies to show off their needlework while proudly displaying the initials of the home owner. it was easy to make and could be made as large or small as the room (or home owner's ego) dictated.
Here is how it was made:
The ledge of the shelf (referred to as a Bracket by the Victorians) is of wood, covered with plush or cloth, and finished with a cord and bow of ribbon. From the back of the ledge falls the banner, on which is embroidered the initials of the owner's name, and a small spray of flowers, worked in Satin Stitch and in natural shades of color.
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The shelf may be of any size, as good taste will allow. The banner should be cut the width of the shelf plus the turned edge of ¼ to ½ inch. The length should be proportionate to the width and pleasing to the eye.
Center your design in the center of the material. Embroider as needed.
The edge may be turned under before or after embroidery,
depending on the type of material used. If the material frays easily,
hemming first will prove to be most beneficial.
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