A Splasher
To Fasten Back of a Washstand

Splashers, during the Victorian era, was often used in areas where water was used for cleaning or personal use. This usually was a washstand but they were also used in the kitchen. The one below is for the back of a washstand.

Victorian Splasher for Back of Washstand
Completed Splasher

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The splasher, shown above, is made of zephyr-decorated, Dotted Swiss, laid over pink, blue, red or lavender cambric, and bordered with lace. The bows match the tint of the cambric and cover the tacks holding the splasher to the wall. A border of plain, plaited Swiss, with or without a lace-finished edge, may be used in place of the lace frill here seen. The figure below shows details of the Splasher's embroidery.

Detail for Victorian Splasher of Back for Back of Washstand
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As you can see, instructions during that time were not always detailed. It was often left to the embroiderer’s understanding of embroidery and sewing to correctly piece the project together. The pictures, however, often made up for the lack of written instructions, as evident by the figures above.

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