A mixture of linen or cotton may also be effectively embroidered - taking an idea from the seventeenth century of embroidering quaint-shaped leaves on to the fabric. This would make a most artistic covering for the chairs where a one-colour scheme was chosen for the room. The leaves could be worked out in any soft shades of one colour, such as pastel blues, vieux rose, cinnamon, or green. It would also be effective worked out in blue or green. The outer edging of the leaf is herringboned, then comes an Oriental stitch, after this there follows a repetition of the herringbone-stitch. There are many decorative ideas which can be worked out in this useful stitch when a light effect is desired. The stem of the leaf is embroidered each side in satin - stitch, worked in a slanting direction, whilst the centre is veined in a darker shade of silk. The centres of the leaves may be embellished with French knots, loops, or fancy darnings, and a spiked edge can be worked around the leaves if desired, taking three stitches which spread at the base, and meet and enter the linen at the top. This form of embroidery presents a light, effective, and decorative appearance, and would not unduly try the patience of the embroideress.
There are those who will possibly prefer a silk covering for their chairs; for this purpose a silk sheeting would prove excellent - but perhaps there is nothing more soft and beautiful than a Roman satin. A beautiful idea for a Chippendale chair may be worked out in this material in shades of electric blue. The groundwork should be a shade darker or lighter than the embroidery, which is worked out in a conventional design in mallard floss. Naturally the colouring and fabric chosen for the seats of these chairs must to a large extent depend upon the environment in which they are to be placed, also upon the colour scheme that pervades the room generally.
Another idea may be used for the chairs, and that is to make covers of silk brocade. The brocade should be a reproduction of an old design. Very exquisite ones are those composed of ivory-white brocade. The pattern of the brocade can be embellished with soft-coloured silks by the needlewoman, until it becomes a most elaborate piece of embroidery.
Embroidered seat for a Chippendale chair