English Quilting

Mid-18th century English waistcoat with English quilting. Mid-18th century English waistcoat with English quilting. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK, acc. no. T.87-1978.

English quilting is a technique whereby the whole article is padded and the design outlined in small running stitches, taken through three layers of material. It is important that each stitch is made in two separate movements, downwards and upwards and through all the layers of material.

This form of quilting can be used for any item where padding of some form is used, either for decoration or as a means of providing warmth, or indeed both. It has been used for garments such as dressing-gowns, jackets and petticoats, as well as soft furnishings such as bed covers, cushions and tea-cosies.

Source: THOMAS, Mary (1936). Mary Thomas’s Embroidery Book, London: Hodder and Stroughton, pp. 222-232.

V&A online catalogue (retrieved 8th July 2016).


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