This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
This and the companion panel given last month will be effective for a two-fold screen, use strong cream-coloured Harris linen. It is 36 in. wide, and costs is. a yard. This width would cut two panels with very little after allowing for turnings, for each panel should be 17 in. or 18 in. wide. Your material cut out to the proper dimensions, proceed very carefully to transfer on to it the whole of the design, both border and figures, very neatly and clearly. This done, each panel must be stretched in a frame for working. Now, with Japanese or Chinese gold thread, follow the entire design with a couched line, using the gold thread double where the lines are thick. An exquisite effect can he obtained in this manner, which will well repay the trouble of working. The mount lor the screen may he either gilt or of any coloured wood, not too dark, or of coloured plush. It is. of course, admissible to work the outline in anyone colour instead of gold, either in stem stitch or with a couched line, but the result will be far less elegant.
A very rich effect would be got by staining the background with dark oak and the drapery with a rich pink, somewhat after the colouring of Albert Moore's "Blossoms," in the Tate (Gallery. The shading of the drapery must be carefully graduated from deep carmine to the palest tone The hair and floral ornament at the top could be left unstained. The inscription and scroll work at the bottom should be outlined with brown slightly darker than the oak background. 0r. belter still, the background below the figure might be left unstained.
D'Oyley Designs by Mary Perrott.
The ground tor these may be cream-coloured satin, silk, or linen. The flowers should in all cases be worked in their natural colours, with the leaves in light green. The leaves and Mowers should be satin-stitch, the stems in stem-stitch. Filo-floss silk would be most suitable.