Chintz was originally a woodblock printed, painted or stained calico produced in India. These early fabrics were extremely expensive and rare. With imported chintz becoming so popular with Europeans during the late 17th century, French and English mills grew concerned, and went as far as to declare a ban on all chintz imports. In 1720 England’s Parliament enacted a law that forbade “the Use and Warings in Apparel of imported chintz, and also its use or Wear in or about any Bed, Chair, Cushion or other Household furniture”.
The essence of Victorian Chintz is created here by use of a textured, floral stitch. Alternating two weights of yarn in the same or similar colorways makes subtle striping similar to vintage wallpaper. This shawl begins with a strand of I-cord; stitches are picked up along the edge, and the sides are worked in I-cord as you go to complete the finished details. It is worked in two halves with a center-back detail, and grafted together.
It would also work well with any of Anzula’s fingering wt yarns, such as Sebastian, or Cloud