This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
The Border (No. 69) would be most appropriately carried out in fine Japanese gold thread and olive-shaped spangles. It is well adapted for a dress trimming. The whole pattern could be outlined in Japanese gold thread, the three-leaved form being filled in with little speck stitches of black silk, to give solidity to the design. The little pointed leaves might be formed of graduated olive-shaped gold spangles with a round one at the top, from which spring a few black stitches. A ribbon, a little wider than the design, would form the best basis for this pretty piece of work, and the black and gold scheme would be effective on almost any colour or on white.
M. B. H.
The Border (No. 70I is a quaint arrangement, suggesting the tomato. An enlargement would give scope for tomato-coloured velvet for the fruits and green velvet for the leaves. The tall stem cries out to be worked in the basket-stitch of the old Jacobean embroideries, in rich red browns, and over it to be laid the velvet leaves and the fruit forms, cut out and applied in tomato-coloured velvet, as already suggested. The lines should be in Algerian silk of a darker tone, and the same used for outtlining the edges. The leaves should be edged and touched up with darker green.
This scheme of working could only apply to an enlarged copy of this design. In its present size an outline of filoselle-green for the leaves and a red orange for the fruits would be the most satisfactory treatment. M. B. H.
Dessert Doyley (Sweet Pea). (See Supplement, No. 68.) This motive for the centres of dessert doyleys may be embroidered on cambric or gauze. As these blossoms are perhaps rather small for the purpose indicated, a border should be added. If the embroidery is on cambric, drawn-thread work would be the most suitable enlargement, while for gauze one fancies a scalloped edge finishing with a buttonhole-stitch, which could be cut out. Cream, pale yellows, purples of various hues, pinks and crimsons should blend in the blossoms, and pale green for the stems and leaflets. One thread of sixfold floss is sufficient for working on either fabric. M. B. H.