Thursday, June 22, 2017

throw back thursday design- victorian style

talk about victorian and images of gingerbread houses with wrap around porches and bright colors come to mind....elaborately decorated interiors with lots of flowers and knick knacks and rooms full of furniture....here's a brief history....

"During the Industrial Revolution, the middle classes were able to increase their prosperity and for the first time invest in the decor and design of their homes. The period between 1837 and 1901, the reign of Queen Victoria, saw the cheap mass-production of countless household items, making them accessible to people who could never have afforded them before.
They immediately began to emulate the aristocracy and filled their homes to bursting point with accessories, furnishings and fabrics, all designed to showcase their new wealth and status. A bare room was considered to show a lack of taste and so Victorian interiors appeared to be very cluttered compared to modern minimalist ideas. Here we look at ways to bring touches of Victorian nostalgia to your modern home without the need for costly remodeling."

the reign of queen victoria was a long one and as the decades passed- so did victorian ideas of design....one of the biggest fads started in 1876 and continued into the early part of the 20th century- crazy quilts...quilt making was nothing new but the crazy quilt shook things up a bit...they were more decorative than utilitarian...

"Early quilts made in the crazy style were more show pieces than functional and were often made as smaller unquilted "lap robes" that were used to decorate the parlor. They were fitting showpieces for the lavish interior decoration of the day. These quilts were usually made using velvet, silk and brocade fabric, cut and pieced in random shapes. What a perfect way for women to show off their needlework skills! Using silk thread, women placed lovely decorative stitches on each seam. Intriguing names like feather, herringbone, fly and chain describe just a few of the intricate stitches. The imagination and skill of the seamstress was the only limit."


i have a design in mind for myself to try using crochet...will keep you posted...




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