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“A bit of trivia - the doily that went on the back of an armchair, where one's head would rest against the upholstery if one leaned back and relaxed, was called an "anti-macassar".”
“This anti-macassar is done in the fashionable style of netting, with a pattern darned on it after it is worked.”
“This anti-macassar must be begun on the line of d.c., forming one end.”
“This part of the anti-macassar uses three reels of cotton.”
“It is a great improvement on the old-fashioned anti-macassar, as it is not liable to be displaced.”
“It would be greatly improved by the addition of a bead border, similar to that of the anti-macassar, given in a former part of this work.”
“The anti-macassar of which we give a representation in the engraving is intended to fit the top of a library chair.”
“Spotted muslin, or any similar material, may be used for the back of the anti-macassar, instead of crochet, for those who would prefer saving themselves the trouble of working the second piece.”
“Make a chain of the required number of stitches, including the borders, and work the whole anti-macassar, except the border which is at the one end, below the foundation chain, which must be done last of all.”
“This, from its weight, serves to keep the anti-macassar from shifting, and is finished with a handsome fringe.”
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