Victorian Kid Patchwork

Kid Patchwork was generally confined to the making of such small articles as pincushions, slippers, or mats, as the Kid generally used for the purpose is cut from old gloves, and, therefore, is not of a large size; but if the pieces can be obtained of sufficient size, cushions, footstools, and other larger articles may be attempted.

To work: Select an easy geometric pattern, and cut out from a tin plate a number of Kid patches without allowing for any turnings. Sew these together upon the wrong side, without turning any of the Kid under and iron the work over when finished.

Take a narrow cord of gold thread or silk braid and Couch this down to the Kid with a silk thread matching it in color so that it follows and conceals all the lines of stitches. Where it is not possible to turn the cord or braid, make a hole with a stiletto, and push it through this hole to the back and fasten it off there.

If the Kid is stitched together with great neatness, and a very fine needle used, the outline cord will not be required; it is only used to hide the stitches where their size or irregularity would spoil the look of the work.

Edited information from Encyclopedia of Victorian Needlework, by S.F.A. Caulfeild and Blanche C. Saward.

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