This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Such full directions were given for the treatment of the four panels of " The Elements," of the same size and character, that we cannot do better than refer the reader to the issues of the magazine in which they appeared (July, August, September, and October, 1904). It may be further suggested that such panels, painted on silk in water-colours, may be-used, in the Japanese manner, as a kakemono. Euterpe may be a golden-haired blonde, with hazel eyes and warm, roseate skin. Her dress may be pale yellow, her mantle of rich purple (suggestive of velvet), lined with pale lavendar. A touch of turquoise blue may be put in for the fillet in her hair. Painted on gilded leather, lincrusta, or (its substitute) anaglypta, such panels suggest very decorative possibilities.
The design is also suitable for relief burning. Choose a well-seasoned piece of white wood, 1/2-in. thick, close grained and free from knots. Chestnut or sycamore are both suitable. Trace the design on to the panel, and deeply incise with a knife-shaped point, keeping the point at a steady heat. Alter the main lines are put in, burn the background away to a depth of about a quarter of an inch. Great care must be taken with the modelling of the face, hands, and drapery. It is advisable to mark out in pencil the parts to be burnt away, and work up to these marks from where the design is in deepest relief. A companion panel will be given later.
Iris And Daffodil Designs (Nos. 115, 116). Needlework and Painting. - Traced on " Harris" green linen, the flowers and leaves of these designs might be painted in oil colours in the natural tints, and then outlined in twisted floss of rather darker tones. In America this method is much in vogue, and by it very good effects may be produced with little labour. An alternative treatment would be to work the flowers in a Hat strapped stitch and outline with Japanese gold, the leaves in one Hat green outlined with a darker tone. - M. B. H.
China Painting (No. 120). Bonbonniere. - First trace the design delicately in India ink, then tint the bowl and cover with pink or blue; dry thoroughly, then remove the colour within the design with a steel eraser. To treat the design in monochrome, outline it with a deeper shade of the same colour as the ground, without erasing the colour.
Initials For Embroidery (No. 114). A Tambour frame will be a great help to the amateur in working these letters, or, that being lacking, a piece of "toile ciree" a little larger than the work will be very useful. Tack the linen firmly to the " toile ciree " or stretch it tightly in the frame, and proceed to pad or stuff the letters in order to get an even surface to cover. The padding should always be carried the opposite way to the embroidery; that is to say, pad lengthwise but work across the letter. The padding should be mostly on the surface, and as little as possible underneath. Some very good workers put on trusses of cotton to fit the letter, tying down with a single-thread in the needle; others fill up the spaces with long backwards and forwards stitches, and only a tiny one on the other side. Having " stuffed " the letter as much as required, work in the smoothest satin stitch from side to side. Lay two or three threads down for the stems and work over in the same way, also the leaves. For the dotted letter make a firm outline by working in satin stitch over five or six threads, then fill up the space with many small back stitches. French embroidery cotton or D. M. C. works softest and smoothest.
The Leather Strap (see Supplement B, No. 122) may be either cut, pressed only, or raised, but the flat treatment is best, as the strap will be bent when in use. Sew on a small buckle where indicated, and punch some holes along the narrow strip. - E. S.