This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Some interesting specimens of this embroidery, on view at Mrs. Brackett's, 200, Regent Street, suggest a few remarks about a style of work that should he better known than it is. The Leek Society was started some years ago by Sir Thomas (then Mr.) Wardle for the development of the natural Eastern silks. The fabrics on which the embroidery is executed is mostly on the natural coloured tussah silk which is printed in true Oriental designs; the peculiarity of the Leek method consisting in the working up of the printed patterns in the tussah embroidery silks. The dyes are harmonious, and exquisite effects may be obtained by a person of only moderate skill. Much gold thread is introduced in some of the designs; this School favouring the Chinese manner, which certainly allows of very brilliant colouring. The Leek embroidery is worked without a frame and in a stitch similar to the old feather-stitch. The printed patterns in borders or all-over patterns may be obtained in soft dyed tones as well as in the natural colour. Leek embroidery is not expensive, and one may experiment upon very small pieces.