Very suitable for this kind of work is the suggestion for a portiere given on pages 262-3. Of course, the design must be suitably enlarged. The lotus flowers, natural size, measure about ten inches across when fully open, and are sometimes even still larger. The leaves

Embroidered Cushion in Applique. By Mary Perrott.

Embroidered Cushion in Applique. By Mary Perrott.

(For detail, working size, see Supplement B. For treatment, see p. 268.) vary very much in dimensions, as they grow rapidly and increase quickly as the stalk lengthens; some lie quite flat on the water, but these leaves seldom attain to quite as great a growth as those which rise above it. A cream-toned foundation of satin or Harris linen would be suitable. Tapestry dyes may generally be used on such a ground, but it is best to experiment at first. Tint the flowers a very pale pink and the centres yellow. Vary the greens for the leaves, but put them in with broad, flat tints with a medium hard bristle brush. Be careful not to use a full brush as you approach the edges, because the colour is apt to run if too freely applied. When all the tinting is done, take rope-silk for working on satin or Harris linen, and outline the flowers and leaves with tones corresponding to the tinting. The leaves must be veined in the same way and the water lilies indicated, the water having been previously tinted greyish blue. If it is desired to decorate a dark portiere, the tinting must be done with oil colours thinned with turpentine, as the proper effect could not be obtained with transparent dyes.

E. H.