... IN relation to household articles and garments, with the application of any of the previous stitchery

Age : 12-14 Years

(A)

It is important that tidiness and an orderly habit of caring for garments, household equipment, etc., should characterize the girl.

Bags and cases for general mending lead to an orderliness in arranging drawers, trunks, etc.

A fairly large work-bag is necessary for the girl to hold the work for the repairing lesson. And this should be as simple and as beautiful as she can express.

Materials such as rough towelling, crash, sheeting, unbleached calico are all cheap and strong, and most suitable for this purpose.

Seams should be made an interesting feature; the girl can show her judgment in the construction and decoration of the bag.

The place likely to have most weight is the bottom - hence the mass of darning as simple motifs in Diag. 52 (see page 33).

This motif is repeated as small latchets for the strings, that in turn give a chance for the girl's ingenuity and inventive powers.

One half-yard of rough towelling costs 2d. to 3d. : mending yarn, cotton embroidery and unbleached tape, .strings or cords of their own making. The bag costs 6d., but bleached flour bags at 2d. each work out about 4d. per child, counting thread, etc.

(B)

Simple cushions in similar material to the work-bag give opportunity to the pattern-making instinct to express itself usefully and beautifully through the stitchery already known.

Diag. 128 shows a pincushion, spaced fittingly for pins - its purpose, weighted at the corners, and connected by a few lines of decoration.

Experimental work shows varied and interesting patterns, which later, as in an earlier stage, becomes part and parcel of the structure.

This care of personal and household belongings, means nicety of taste, that right feeling which in itself is an emotion working to healthful, beautiful ends. In our advancing civilization the useful alone is no more to be our aim and end than is the mud dwelling of the mound dweller, or the square cavity in the brick wall to be the aim of the architect who can plan also " The lancet arch or the glowing and melting harmony of gold and azure."

B 148