I saw a most interesting example of the durability of this work in the home of the late Mrs. Emma Brewer, whose name was so well known to the older readers of The Girl's Own Paper.
The long corridors in her flat were carpeted with lengths of this work, most exquisitely worked, in aconventional pattern in which dark tones predominated, but were relieved with brighter touches of colour. The work was the width of moderately wide stair carpet, and in lengths each several yards long. When I remarked on the beauty of the work, and exclaimed against such handiwork being walked upon, Mrs. Brewer smiled in her way - which was a very charming way - and said, "But, my dear child, it may just as well be serving a useful purpose, and where it can be seen, as be rolled up and put away to make a happy hunting ground for moth!" And then she told me how, in her early married life, when her husband - a Member of Parliament - was often late at the House, she used to fill up the time by doing this work while waiting up for him. In those Victorian days the gentlewomen did great things in the way of needlework, and there is every indication that the reign of Queen Mary will show some equally fine records. But though everyone may not have the courage to attempt such large pieces of work as these strips done by Mrs. Brewer, there are scores of less ambitious ways in which the work can be used to great advantage. Only remember this: its great beauty lies in a right selection of colour. And here the modern worker has an immense advantage over the earlier workers. Silks and wools are now obtainable in a variety of delicate and beautiful shades that would have fairly dazzled our ancestresses. Baldwin's Beehive Fingering can be had in a number of beautiful colours, and is very suitable. And to these must be added the wonderful range now available in the mercerised cottons, and the various pretty glossy threads, such as Peri-Lusta, that modern i n genu i ty has produced from wood fibre! All these wear we11, and though the cotton threads may not be quite as lasting as the wools, they do well for things that are not required to live indefinitely, and are only wanted for a time.
A quiet device that could be used as a Belt, a Cushion, or a Teapot Mat.
Bands of trimming like the three-colour blocks above would look well at the edge of plain Winter Curtains, such as serge or rep.
If you thought of trying a Mat, this Design would look very well.
A Crazy Pattern that will amuse children.
It is not necessary that men's fancy waistcoats, for instance, or dress trimmings, or girls' waistbelts, should last for a generation. If they serve a couple of seasons, that is usually enough; one is tired of the pattern by then, and craving something new; for these the mercerised threads are usually all that can be desired. On the other hand, for cushions, bags, fancy strips for chairs and suchlike upholstery, where the work will be acceptable, and delightful, and useful for as long as ever it can be made to last, a good quality wool, with dyes guaranteed to fade as little as possible will be the best to use, and the beauty of this will be greatly enhanced if a stout rope silk, or EsplenD'or, is introduced-in touches. It will brighten the work and give it rich-n e s s and character.
Above is a Design that would look well for Belts, or for trimming Children's Winter Frocks.
This would look well in Bands as a dress-trimming for serge or cloth.
Carried out In apple green diamonds, outlined with black, and completed with white.
The Design above is most suited to a Fancy Bag. This work looks well if used for the lower half of the Bag, the upper half being of silk.
As a general rule, this work looks best when it consists of a repeated simple conventional design. Now and again one comes on sprays of flowers, birds, and such-like subjects that have been produced with good effect, but these are exceptional more often they look crude and angular; whereas a small recurring pattern has charm of its own in its very simplicity a n d mono tony. One point a bout this work will es-p ecially commend it to the girl with small pocket money, and that is the cheapnessof the material as compared with work done on linen or any other material that is to show when the work is finished.