Never hem or machine around the bottom of a light frock that is liable to shrink in the washing or cleaning. Fasten the hem down with French knots. These can easily be cut if the skirt needs lengthening.
Always turn up a deep hem on light skirts, for use in case of shrinkage.
Hem-stitching can be done with far less strain to the eyesight if a dark finger-shield be used. With this the white threads show up very clearly.
Floor rugs that show any tendency to fray at the ends should be bound with Carpet Binding, which can be procured from any upholsterer or furnishing draper.
The woman for whom beads have no attraction is not easy to find. An admiration for beads is a characteristic of women of most tiationalties. In the present day it is possible to get some really beautiful beads, and they can be used in so many different ways-that delightful necklaces and chains can be made. Some of the season's novelties are really lovely A few are illustrated here, but in pictures of this kind it is quite impossible to portray the beaut) of the beads. Still, with some little description, these will give an idea of what can be obtained and made.
The necklace shown at the top of this page is made of Venetian beads of a lovely shade of Turquoise, interspersed with gold filigree beads, the tiny beads being of metal, the same shade as the Venetian. As will be seen from the illustration, a double row of small beads is used for the upper portion, but after being threaded through the long bead on each side, the threads divide, and a pendant effect is given. A chain of this description is not at all difficult to make.
A MOST SIMPLE CHAIN TO MARK.
OF TURQUOISE VENETIAN AND GOLD FILIGREE BEADS.
Another illustration shows a very effective necklace made of two kinds of Venetian beads, the dark ones being black covered with exquisite little coloured flowers, while the lighter ones are of crystal and gold, with spots of pink. Between are gold torse beads and gold glass bugles. The chain is made on one thread only and is the simplest kind to make, and it is - as will easily be seen - most effective.
The little bracelet is made on two rows of bead wire, and is of Cats' Eyes (flat green beads) and small aluminium beads. A great advantage of these aluminium beads is that they will not tarnish. These beads are, of course, equally suitable for necklaces and chains, and also for hair ornaments
The largest illustration shows several chains. A particularly pretty one is the second from the top. This is made of one of the prettiest kinds of beads - the medallion. This is a flat round bead, and one which is preferred by a good many, because it shows so prettily on the blouse. This particular chain is of an exquisite shade of blue, but these beads can be obtained in other shades. The small beads used here are silver metal beads, while at each side of the medallion bead is a gold torse bead.
The illustration immediately below the medallion necklace shows one made of Venetian beads, the particular attraction of which lies in the fact that no two Venetian beads used in its manufacture are alike. The connecting beads are small gold filigree (next to the Venetian beads) with gold metal beads in between.
A section of a long mosaic bead chain is shown under. This gives a pleasing example of how pretty a colour scheme may be obtained with fairly sombre shades. The actual mosaic bead - the large one- has tones of green, yellow, blue and white. * Next to it is a green bead, 2 small gold, 7 bronze, 2 gold. Then follow a brown bead the same size as the green referred to, 2 gold, 7 bronze, 1 gold, 52 tiny green metal beads, 1 gold, 7 bronze, 2 gold, 1 brown, 2 gold, 7 bronze. 2 gold, 1 green, 2 gold, 7 bronze, 2 gold, 1 green, 2 gold, 7 bronze, 2 gold, 1 brown, 2 gold, 7 bronze, 1 gold, 52 small green, 1 gold, 7 bronze, 2 gold, 1 brown, 2 gold, 7 bronze, 2 gold, 1 green, 1 mosaic. Repeat from *.
Those whose tastes run to more delicate productions, however, should see the Persian beads. A necklace of these is shown immediately below the mosaic chain. These beads can be obtained in various sizes and shapes, and show for the most part, beautiful pale shades on white grounds, giving the beads the appearance of delicate china. This particular necklace is made on two threads, which at intervals are divided and then connected again. The colours in this are Wedgewood blue, pale coral, silver and white, and it is quite impossible to describe the beauty of this attractive little article.
This shews a number of most effective necklaces and chains.
The design at the top is equally suitable for a Hair Bandeau.
A Pretty Tiara for the hair is shown here.