All About Cretonne Applique

In Victorian times, appliqué embroidery was very popular. Cretonne work was one of the most simple and was specially adapted to ornamenting linen goods, such as splashers, tidies and table covers. First have the linen stamped with such designs as will look well with appliqué. Cretonne designs, such as birds, flowers and children's figures, can be cut out of the piece goods and secured to the linen by a plain chain stitch with Japan Etching Silk.

Outline the whole with the same make of silk. It will wash well if washed carefully, as all nice silk work should be.

These designs are for the express purpose of showing ladies some of the numerous fancy stitches in silk which can be used in decorating the crazy work so popular at that time.

Crazy Work Illustration 1
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Illustration #2 (below) represents a patch ten inches square, the pieces being sewed without regular arrangement upon a foundation of Canton flannel.

Crazy Work Illustration 2
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