Twist Patchwork -
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Twist Patchwork is formed with octagons and squares, separated by narrow rectangular shaped pieces.

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.

Twist Patchwork

This pattern is formed of eight-sided cubes and squares, which are separated from each other by long narrow patches, cut so as to appear to twist, or interlace each other, and twine round the squares and cubes.

Twist patchwork pattern

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To work as shown above: Cut a number of squares measuring 1¼ inches each way, and eight-sided cubes measuring 1¼ inches at the top, bottom, and side lines, but only three-quarters of an inch across the lines that form the four corners. Make these cubes and squares of pieces of dark-coloured satin and brocade.

Cut out, in light silk or satin, the long, narrow stripes, make these half an inch in width, 2 inches in length on one side, and 2 ¾ inches in length on the other. Cut hem so that one side of the width is quite straight, and the other pointed.

Take one of the squares, stitch to it, on the left, a long, narrow piece, turn its short, or 2-inch length to the square, make it even on its straight width with the bottom line of square, and let the overlap and the point come at the top: to this end, but not to the point, join another long piece in the same way, fit it into the overlap where it is straight and join its short 2-inch length to the top of the square, allowing the overlap and the point to be to the right hand. Come down the right side of the square, and put a piece on the bottom of the square; in the same manner join the long pieces to all the squares.

Now arrange the cubes as to colour, and join them to the long pieces. The short corners of the cubes will fit into the points of the long pieces, four different cubes will join the four different points, and the straight parts will fit into the straight lines of the long pieces.

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