Right Angles Patchwork

The Right Angles Patchwork pattern is a variation of the wonderful Box Patchwork pattern.

The following information on this type of patchwork is from The Dictionary of Needlework: An Encyclopedia of Artistic, Plain and Fancy Needlework, 1887, by S.F.A. Caulfeild and Blanche C. Saward. It has been edited for use on this site.

Right Angles Pattern

right angled patchwork pattern

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The principle of the pattern shown above is much the same as that of the Box Pattern, but in this case, the diamonds forming the design are cut away, so as to form a number of right angles.

To work: Procure a number of pieces of silk, three shades of one colour, such as pink, crimson, and maroon, of which the darker shade is brocaded.

Cut out a diamond on paper, length 3 inches, width 2 inches, from point to point; out of one side of this cut out a right angle, leaving 1 inch upon each line, and cutting it to the depth of 1 inch, thus making the shape required for the design.

Have this cut out of tin, and from that cut out an equal number of sections from each coloured silk, and then join them together, according to the pattern; sew together the straight side of a ruby and crimson section with the cut-out edge to the right and left, and fit a pink section into the angle at the top of these two, with its cut-out edge upright.

Make up all the pieces in this manner, and then join the figures together. The cut-out edge of the light pink of one figure will fit into the bottom angle of the crimson and maroon colours, and the angles at the sides of these sections will fit into the sides of a fresh row of figures.

In making this pattern, care must be taken that the position of the colours is never altered.

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