Peacock Alley: Vintage Chenille Bedspreads

For lovers of handmade and of vintage linens, a new blog to check out! This post about the history of handmade chenille bedspreads was fascinating to me!

topdrawerlinens

Do you love vintage chenille bedspreads? I am in awe every time I find one – they are a rare and disappearing part of American history β€” it is incredible we can still lay our hands on them at all.

cabin crafts setscotty dog chenille hand tufted

You have probably read the story many times of Catherine Evans, the young girl who started the industry, but if not, here it is in brief (and there is so much more!):

Catherine Evans (later, Catherine Evans Whitener) was from Reo, Georgia. She was 12 years old in 1892 when visiting a relative and saw a beautiful hand stitched cover on their bed she loved. Determined to make one for herself, she designed one of her own using a form of candlewicking[1] and tufting[2]. She gave one of first spreads to her brother as a wedding gift in 1900. Soon she had requests to make them for…

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17 thoughts on “Peacock Alley: Vintage Chenille Bedspreads

  1. When I was growing up, all the beds in my parents’ house had chenile bedspreads on them. I had no idea about the history behind them…fascinating! Thanks for sharing, Kerry.

  2. That was a great post to share – I am glad you had no idea of the history, as I did not either! They were very common here in the 60’s and 70’s. And rarely seen any more. I quite like them for their cosy comfort thing in winter.

  3. I think the author of Topdrawerlinens is a soul mate of yours Kerry! What a great and informative post. I too really appreciated the history and background information. For many of us these bedspreads represent cuddly comfort and security. And I have never seen any as pretty as the ones featured in the photos. They were just lovely.
    Karen.

    • She and I are cut from the same cloth, right? (Pun intended!) The examples she used in the post were exceptional–I mostly only knew about the very plain ones.

    • I honestly always thought these bedspreads were from the ’40s and they just screamed “JC Penney’s” to me. I liked them in a retro sort of way but I had no idea about their history!

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