Tinted patchwork became popular in the mid 1880’s.
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.
To make today, substitutions would have to be made, of course, for the those items no longer available.
This is a new variety of patchwork, made with coloured
muslin of a stiff description, and of four shades of one tint. The
material is cut into hexagons, and embroidered with coloured filoselles
and tailor’s black twist. The hexagons are arranged to form stars, rosettes, and other devices, all the dark shades of colour being arranged in the centre of the device, and the light colours at the edge.
To work: Cut out, on paper, a large eight-pointed star, or other device; then a number of hexagons, 2 inches in diameter. Use four shades of blue, crimson, purple, yellow, green, or other colours, arranging that each ray of the star is worked with a distinct colour.
The hexagons cut, fill their centers with a star worked with yellow, white, or a shaded filoselle, and over this star, and across every point of the hexagons, bring a line of black twist, working the ends into the centre of the star.
Overcast the hexagons together to make the pattern, laying
them on it as a guide, and place one hexagon, made of white muslin, as
the centre patch. Lay the star, when finished upon a plain velvet or
The work, when used for a footstool cover, is made with one large star, nearly covering the surface; for small tablecloths, cushions, &c., with a number of more minute devices fastened to a plain ground.
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