The Victorian Pillow
Without a Victorian pillow or two, or three, or more …. what would a Victorian style room be? It certainly would not be complete.
General rules for covering pillowsAfter the pillow top was embroidered, it was to be prepared for mounting by dampening and pressing the wrong side until it is thoroughly dry and smooth. In the case of most of the kit pillows, the same material was used for the back as for the front of the cushion. The front and back were stitched together on the wrong side, and a space left to admit the pillow. The pillow was expected to be 24 inches square and well filled with down. The edges of the cushion could then be finished with a heavy cord or with a ruffle as the particular instructions may have indicated.
Below are directions for making a pillow without a kit. It was published in 1889.
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Note: The above Victorian Pillow can be made as described or, if time or talent does not permit the embroidering of the ribbon, by using some of the very decorative ribbons available today. Or, if one prefers, painting fine designs on the ribbon could also be done. As you can see, the pillow lends itself to many forms of artistic expressions.
Victorian pillows were not only used on sofas and chairs, of course. They were pillows for the vanity or dressing table as well.
To learn more about them, please seeVictorian Cushion Covers.
Here you will also find a pattern from 1889 for a cushion cover for a toilette or dressing table that is not only easy to do, but quite beautiful as well.
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