This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
AS church needlework, applique embroidery may, perhaps, be more artistically employed than in any other way. Its value is in the fact that it can be seen at a distance, the effect being just as good as solid embroidery, and the work very little in proportion. But it also bears close examination when carefully done, as it may be beautifully as well as strongly executed.
The "Rose of Sharon," given in one of the supplement sheets this month, is a well-known motive in ecclesiastical embroidery. It may be worked solidly in beautiful colours, or it may be brought out according to the following directions in silk applique. A heavy satin is the best material for this work. A good quality of satin ribbon may be used, as it is less expensive when small figures are to be cut out than satin by the yard. The shades should be selected with the same care as embroidery silks. The combination of pink, one shade, and three shades of green is generally used in this study, with Japanese gold thread. The design should be transferred to a heavy paper. On tin-reverse side of this drawing paste pieces of the satin, the pink over the rose and the dark greens over the large leaves, the lightest shade over the small leaves and buds. A Hour paste should be used, and when it is dry cut out the paper and satin together with sharp scissors, following the outline of the drawing with great care. Cut out the stems also in the paper only, so that the design will be complete. Now mount this pattern on the tightly stitched ground material, and fasten it firmly down with small stitches, following the entire outline. Draw the outline of the stems around the paper, then cut away this paper. In cutting out the rose disregard the sepals; these, with the little stem leaves, are to be embroidered. Where the device is firmly fastened down, the lines of the drawing which fall within the rose should be traced in with a brush or pencil.
The leaves may be tipped with long and short stitch in a double thread of green filo. The edges of the flower petals which curl over should be embroidered in lightest pink, and may be even more effective if thrown out by a row of deep pink stitches under them.
Embroider the sepals, and in this way the petals will be defined near the centre. The centre dot should be embroidered, and radiating lines from it may be carried over the petals in regular rows of different lengths. These stitches should be made with sewing silk, and must be very firm and tight. A few pink stitches on the sides of the buds will break their surface, and suggest a promise of opening.
Lastly, the entire outline should be edged with two strands of gold. Remember that the upper outline of the rose petals when followed falls within, and leaves the outer edge embroidered, not gold-bordered. The stems should be expressed in gold.
L. B. Wilson.