Create a Chinese Penwiper

Victorian Chinese penwiper

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This Chinese penwiper was featured in The Dictionary of Needlework: An Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain and Fancy Needlework. 1887, by S.F.A. Caulfeild and Blanche C. Saward 1887. It has been edited for use on this site.

Chinese Pen-Wiper

The foundation is of wire, strengthened with cardboard, and covered with scarlet cloth. Bright colored birds’ feathers are sewn to the cloth foundation.

To make the Penwiper, cut out a piece of scarlet cloth the size of the detailed picture. (Note: the original published artwork was about 2 1/8 inches tall. You may wish to alter the size to fit your need or decor.) Work it in OUTLINE STITCH as shown in the Figure below.

victorian chinese penwiper detail

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Cut out several flaps of black cloth, a bit larger than the scarlet, and pink their edges. Sew them all to the feather end of the Penwiper, and hang on tassels as a finish.

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