Victorian Piano Cover

A piano cover was considered almost a necessity in any good Victorian home. Ladies of that time like to drape any piece of furniture they had with fabric, particularly with embroidered pieces. The piano, being a larger piece of furniture, was considered a perfect backdrop to attractively display their handiwork.

The Piano Cover instructions below were published in 1889. This particular design, as you will probably notice, lends itself to a multitude of projects. The stitches are easily mastered and your finished embroidered piece will most assuredly be quite successful.

Design for a Piano-Cover or Table-Cloth

Victorian Piano Cover
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The engraving above represents a very handsome design for a piano-cover, table-spread, or stand-cloth. The model from which this illustration was copied is made on garnet wool canvas with a rich, gold-colored floss, and is probably as effective a combination as can be suggested. However, personal taste and the prevailing tint in a room where the article embroidered is to be used must direct combinations.

It is not necessary to use canvas, as cloth, felt or Canton flannel may be preferred; but the meshes of canvas will be found of great assistance in following the pattern with regularity of stitch. The work is all done in a long, back-stitch or a sort of Kensington stitch, and is extremely effective in appearance.

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