Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Anti Macassar using Bella Solids, tutorial and giveaway

According to Wikipedia

 "An antimacassar (/ˌæntɪməˈkæsər/) is a small cloth placed over the backs or arms of chairs, or the head or cushions of a sofa, to prevent soiling of the permanent fabric. Also refers to the cloth flap on a sailor's blouse, used to keep macassar oil off the uniform.
Macassar oil was an unguent for the hair commonly used in the early 19th century. The poet Byron called it "thine incomparable oil, Macassar." The fashion for oiled hair became so widespread in the Victorian and the Edwardian period that housewives began to cover the arms and backs of their chairs with washable cloths to preserve the fabric coverings from being soiled. Around 1850, these started to be known as antimacassars. They were also installed in theatres, from 1865.
They came to have elaborate patterns, often in matching sets for the various items of parlour furniture; they were either made at home using a variety of techniques such as crochetor tatting, or purchased. The original antimacassars were usually made of stiff white crochet-work, but in the third quarter of the 19th century they became simpler and softer, usually fabric embroidered with a simple pattern in wool or silk. Annie Chapman, the second canonical victim of Jack the Ripper, was said to have made antimacassars for a living shortly before she was murdered.
By the beginning of the 20th century, antimacassars had become so associated in people's minds with the Victorian period that the word briefly became a figurative term for it. (See also: doily).
Antimacassars are also used on the seat headrests of commercial passenger transport vehicles, such as trains, buses and especially aircraft to extend the life of fabrics"

Maybe we don't have the fragrant Macassar Oil slick in our hair today but we do still need to protect our lounges from all sorts of oils and chemicals.

Moda had just released the new Bella honeycombs and while I was waiting for mine to arrive I thought I might try a little experiment and mix quilting with crochet.

My crochet skills are very basic but if you are an accomplished crocheter then, the possibilities are unlimited. You could make squares, triangles, circles using this technique. Maybe use a combination of crochet and quilted shapes.

I could envisage a whole quilt using this method.

If you have make a crochet/quilt masterpiece, please share in the Flickr Group - Anti Macassars. I would love to see all the wonderful combinations you come up with.

What you will need:

  • 1 pack new bella solids mini charms ( 30 - 2.5" squares )
  • 1 yard bella solid ( 9900-170 Etching Slate)
  • Heat n bond lite ( or other fusible product )
  • 1 yard Iron on light weight pellon
  • 2" heart template
  • 2" finished sided hexagon template (I have a hollow template that has a 1/4" seam allowance included in the template. I could use the outer edge for the solid hexagon and the inner edge for the pellon hexagon)
  • Pencil
  • Perle Cottons 
  • Crochet Hook (1.50 mm #2)

 From the Solid yardage cut:

  • 8 - 4 1/2" strips. Cut 60 hexagons from these strips (Remember to add 1/4" seam allowance if not included in your template)

  • Trace 30 hearts on dull side of fusible web
  • Cut out each heat leaving 1/8" around each shape
  • Press onto back of each mini charm square

  •  Cut out each heart on pencil line. Peel off backing paper from fusible and press onto centre of 30 hexagons.
  • Using an applique stitch, sew around hearts.

  • Cut from iron-on pellon, 30 hexagons measuring 2" on each finished side.
  • Centre and press onto back of 30 plain hexagons.

  • Take one appliquéd hexagon and one pellon backed hexagon and place them right sides together. 
  • Start 1/4" from corner and sew around 5 sides. Pivot at the 1/4" mark at each corner.
  • Turn out the hexagon and push out the points.
  • Fold in the open seams 1/4" and press.
  • Slip stitch the seam closed.
  • Using perle cottons in contrasting colours, quilt around each heart.

  • Using perle cotton and an embroidery chain stitch, stitch all around the edge of the quilted hexagon.
  • Make sure there is an even number of stitches on each side and add an extra stitch on each corner.

  • Crochet around the edge of each quilted hexagon. I chose to do single crochet (sc), with 3 stitches in each corner for first row and then 2 rows of double crochet (dc) with 2 dc, 1 ch, 2 dc into every corner.

  • I used single crochet on top to join the rows with a single crochet border all around the finished piece.
I have one set of heart templates to giveaway. Just let me know what shape you would use to make a quilt/crochet project.

The giveaway will be drawn 14th March 2013 AEST.


  1. I am all for stars but how you could work that with crochet/ quilt combo I am not sure! Love your antimacassar. I always worry when people rest their heads on the quilts that I have over my couches just glad that people don't oil thier hair like they used to.

  2. oh i love the hearts,thankyou sharing your tutorial,it looks fantastic and is a great idea Jane.xx

  3. Wow how cute.. I just wished I could crochet.. I can always learn now with your tutorial...

    What shape.. I love stars...


  4. I would use hexagons as I just love hexies

  5. I love the hearts also Jane, your Anti Macassar looks great, a new look for an old idea.

    1. I love your work and i like the biggest thanks

  6. This is AMAZING! I love hexagons, and I love to crochet! I never thought to combine the two. WOW!! Now when you added the heart to them :) You had me won over. This is perfection. I'm sorry, but I would just have to copy you!!

  7. Fabulous! I love the quilt/croche combo :) I picked up a mini-charm pack of Posy not long ago, I think it would go wonderful with the heart idea. Not sure about how to start the chain on the hexi's though. Love the tutorial great job.

  8. Wonderful!! I really , really love the combination of quilt fabric with crochet.

  9. Cute idea! I love hexagons and I like how you used the hearts with them.

  10. What fun! I love hearts!
    Thanks for sharing!

  11. I love the hexies with the hearts. Stars would also be pretty. I love to crochet as well. This is a project that just made it to the "to do" list. Thank you for the tutorial. :) Angela (

  12. thanks for a wonderful tutorial. i love your hexies/hearts.
    i love hearts and would love to put hearts on a baby quilt i am going to make shortely.
    thanks for the great idea.

  13. Love this idea! I would probably use triangles, I'm crushing on triangles at the moment. :)

  14. I would use Hexies! I am big into hexi's right now, I love them, and I love your hearts and your quilt! How inspiring are you! Your quilt rocks!

  15. I would do hexies, though stars would look cool too... decisions, decisions. lol Thanks for the giveaway. vickise at gmail dot com

  16. love hexies! would make this with hexies just as you did.

  17. I love your work and i like the biggest thanks

  18. hexagons would be my choice. thanks for the chance

  19. This is such a beautiful project Jane - I need to make some of these to cover the arms on our couches and would love to just use the hexagon shapes.


  21. Love your new take on an anti-macassar. Love the colours!
    I would choose hearts.
    pippirose59 at gmail dot com

  22. Thank you for this very informative tutorial. I have watched the progress of the quilt and was wondering about attaching the crochet, now I know. Thanks again I would love to make aheart one similar.

  23. I think triangles would look very cool with the crochet...and a heart in a triangle could be interesting

  24. I'm in the USA so I really don't want to be entered in the giveaway. Postage is crazy these days! But I wanted you to know how much I love this antimacassar! I love the look of the fabric and crochet! I've been trying to figure out what to do for a favorite aunts birthday and I think I might make one of these. But maybe as a table covering. It's really cute and I think you could do many things with it! Thanks for sharing!

  25. Well what can I say, well the same as most other commenters. HEXIES are cool and they were the first thing I learned to patchwork together 38 odd years ago. Love hearts as well I have them everywhere.

  26. I love your idea. The hearts are very cute in the middle, but what about smaller hexies or yo-yos. Three different looks to consider, which one will I choose?

  27. This is just so sweet! I would do this with hexagons just as you have done... it couldn't be more precious! Be especially blessed, Kathy

  28. Love your antimacassar so cute very jealous Thanks for sharing Becky

  29. That is pretty cool! I remember anti-macasars on my great grandmother's armchairs and always wondered what they were for then someone told me they were to protect the chair form the brill cream that men used so then I had to go find out what brill cream was.... :)


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