A Victorian Brush Holder To Make

This brush holder was used by Victorian ladies to hold brushes, whether they were for the hair or clothes.  One of these would not only be good for holding your brushes but almost any other personal grooming item.

The design is so simple and so versatile, no dimensions were given for the pattern. The size depends solely upon your needs.

The following was published in Arthur's Home Magazine in December, 1893. It has been edited for use on this site.

Victorian brush holder pattern, dated 1893

Brush Holder Directions

The holder above is made of bronze-colored cloth, and the pockets are of the same material; the edge is “pinked,” or a very narrow fringe may be put around it.

The embroidery is in two shades of blue and two shades of rose-color; and in place of the Holbein stitch in those colors, Dresden-pattern flowers may ornament it, or sprays of mignonette, buttercups, ragged-robins, etc., may be used.

The above item obviously was not made in the colors suggested and looks, I believe, just as lovely as one that would have followed the directions explicitly. Although Victorian women often used the suggested colors and methods, they, like many needleworkers and crafters today, like to use their own creativity and use colors and materials of their own choice instead.

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