The term “Cloth Patchwork” is kind of misleading. Most people, when first hearing this term, would think “most patchwork is done in ‘cloth' so this must be about Patchwork in general." No so.
Cloth Patchwork is used for carriage rugs and tablecloths, and can be made extremely effective, either as a bordering to these articles, or as entirely forming them.
As the cloth used for these particular items is of too thick of
substance to allow of turning under the raw edges, each patch has to be
bound with either a narrow ribbon or braid before it is sewn into its
right position in the work, and as the material is only made plain, or
with patterns that would not look well if inserted, bright self-colored
foundations are selected, which are embroidered with designs worked out
with silks and narrow braids.
To work: Select a large-sized pattern, either of a Hexagon or Mosaic shape, cut the pieces out in the ordinary way, and Embroider them in Satin Stitch; bind each round with a braid matching it in color, and then stitch it into its proper position.
No lining is required.
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