Author of "A History of Hand-made Lace," etc.

he importance of the modem revival of fine needlework can hardly be over-estimated, Commencing tentatively at the end of the nineteenth century, it was not till the beginning of the twentieth, that the horrors of the Berlin wool period, in which our mothers and grand-mothers had so long been immersed, were completely cast aside.

Mid   Victorian needlework excelled in natural effects to the total exclusion of delicate suggestions brought about by diverse materials, or of the production of form bent to the uses of ornament.

Mid - Victorian needlework excelled in natural effects to the total exclusion of delicate suggestions brought about by diverse materials, or of the production of form bent to the uses of ornament.

The result was the reproduction of nature as we see her in nightmares. Anyone with a memory sufficiently long to carry back twenty years can recall how a cushion-cover might be decorated with a rose-bud or auricula shaded in so realistic a manner that one almost stooped to pick the flower, and dared not. rest one's head upon it lest a thorn might prick.