This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Poppy Design (See Supplement A, No. 54). Coarse Russian linen will be a good ground for this. The silk should be either Algerian or thick floss. The spiky leaves in the upper and lower borders must be worked in satin stitch in the dullest of dull blues. The stems (also in satin stitch) must be in green; also the seed vessels from which the petals have fallen, but the stamens in darkest purple. The centre portion of the design may be treated in various ways with equally good effect, i.e., the ground may be lightly darned in the- same blue as that used in the borders, the flowers and leaves being merely outlined in red and green. All the centre ground may be left untouched, but the flowers, leaves and seed vessels worked solidly in tones of brilliant red and grey green; the stamens and little hairs on the stems of darkest purple as before. In either case, the lines which divide the
Poppy Design, by a. B. Bogart, for a Frieze. To be Painted or Embroidered.
(For full-sized detail, see Supplement A. For suggestions for treatment, see above.) borders from the centre must he sharply defined. Three tones of gold will make as satisfactory a division as anything. Another mode of treatment would be to darn the flowers and leaves, each petal or leaf to be in one tone only and outlined in a much darker tone.
Much enlarged, the design would be admirable for a curtain decoration either as frieze or dado. Let the centre be of dull blue linen with a hand of natural colour above and below, heavy lines of black or purple dividing the borders. The poppies in, say, four or five tones of tapestry worsteds of the beautiful soft reds used in the old English embroideries, with. steins and leaves in equally soft greyish greens, would make a very handsome decoration for a dull blue linen plush curtain. The spiky leaves would be worked in coarse silk as before, but green and very pale. Space can hardly be spared for further suggestions for the treatment of this beautiful design, but it will be seen that its possibilities are well nigh inexhaustible.
M. B. H.
The Sweet Pea Design (see pages 260-261) is suitable-fora table centre on gauze or chiffon, or it may be used for a child's cot cover or arranged for a bedspread. Groups of sweet peas embroidered in their natural colours on the stiff kind of gauze called "bolting," and used as a table decoration, leave nothing to be desired. This fabric is colourless, and when laid upon the white tablecloth only the embroidery is seen. A centre cut in the form of a Maltese cross with one of the groups of our design in each section would be a good arrangement. In the open corners, bowls of flowers or sweets might be plated. The doyleys should match the centre. For a cot cover, a ground of palest blue surah with while sweet peas, or a white satin ground with flowers of the very palest pink, would be charming, and one or two of the blossoms scattered on the little pillow would add much to the effect For a bed cover for adult use. the sprays may be arranged as a border, closely following each other, or as a wreath in the centre. Linen with a hemstitched border is best for this, and twisted floss for the blossoms. Silks exactly matching the colours of the actual flowers may be procured. The paler tones are best. M. B. H.s