Ornamental Victorian Scarf

For table, chair, or towel rack.

One ornamented Victorian scarf and oh, so many uses!

A true Victorian lady would know the many uses of an ornamental scarf. She would use it to accent a table or a mantel, decorate a chair or easel, or to hang decoratively in any number of rooms. The ornamentation of such scarves was endless and allowed Victorian ladies to not only use their needlecraft skills to the highest level but also allow for great creativity on their part.

Illustrated Victorian Scarf

Below you will find the directions and an illustration of such an ornamental Victorian scarf. This Victorian scarf, although it has multiple purposes, would be best used as a hanging scarf.

Upon close inspection of the scarf, you can see that, due to the way it is hanging, the ornamentation is placed on both sides of the material. If the decoration were to be sewed on the same side (at each end), when hung, the ornamentation at the bottom n this particular scarf would be against the wall. (See illustration at right.)

Of course, if you planned on using it on a table, you could put all ornamentation on one side so when it was laid across the table top, both decorative ends would be visible.

Ornamented Scarf

Ornamented Victorian ScarfTo throw over a towel-rack, a table or the back of a large chair, this scarf is useful and decorative. The fabric is China silk, and the end which hangs over is decorated with a row of applied velvet discs edged with tinsel cord.

A crocheted ring is fastened to the bottom of each disc, and through it is fastened a bunch of silk floss to form a large tassel. A tassel made of floss is also fastened where the discs touch and also at a similar point to the outer discs.

The other end, which falls much deeper, is bordered with two bands of velvet edged at each side with tinsel cord arranged in a single scroll. The lowest band is directly at the edge, and pendants formed of crocheted rings and floss tassels are tacked to form a fringe all across the edge. The other band is a short distance above, and a row of crocheted rings depends from it.

A little sidebar - and a little off topic:Just a note about the plural spelling of the word "Scarf". We now would spell it (at least in the U.S.) "scarves," however, if you run across authentic Victorian era instructions, you will find it spelled "scarfes" or "scarfs." Many times I will leave the original spelling of words as they were once spelled just because that's the way I found it. Other times, I have corrected the spelling.

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