This is chiefly used as a trimming for blouses ana other garments of thin material, where it is desirable that one or more bands of material be fastened together by lacy open work.

Take a narrow strip of cross-cut lawn or similar material about 1 inch wide and fold both edges inwards, forming a narrow band about 1/3 to 1/2 inch wide. Tack this in a straight or curved line, as the required shaping demands, to a firm piece of cardboard, taking care not to pull out the material too tight. Then lay the hem of the material to be trimmed (or a corresponding band) parallel to the first and tack to the cardboard.

The stitch is a variant of herring-boning, but the needle is inserted close to the folded edge of the band vertically, forming loops (instead of horizontal stitches) on the wrong side (Diag. 145A).

If many bands are required to be shaped, for instance, into a neckband, it is advisable to draw the shape out on the cardboard and to tack the bands into place along both edges (Diag. 145B).