How to Form the Mimosa Leaf   An Ivy Leaf Design for Table centre   The Silver Spider's Web

How to Form the Mimosa Leaf - An Ivy Leaf Design for Table-centre - The Silver Spider's Web

The Mimosa Leaf. Commence with the paler of the two shades of green, and work 48 chain (this forms the centre stalk of leaf), join on the darker shade, 1 single stitch into second chain from hook, 1 single stitch into each of the next 7 chain, 1 double crochet into each of the next two chain, 10 chain, slipstitch along to stalk chain, 1 double crochet into each of next 2 chain, 10 chain, slipstitch along to stalk chain, 1 double crochet into each of next 2 chain, 10 chain, slipstitch along to stalk, 1 double crochet into each of next 2 chain, 10 chain, slipstitch to stalk, 1 double crochet into each of next 2 chain, 10 chain, slipstitch to stalk, 1 double crochet into each of next 2 chain, 12 chain, slipstitch to stalk, 1 double crochet into each of next 2 chain, 12 chain, slipstitch to stalk, return back along other side of chain, so that each little frond-like leaf faces the other in the same order on the two sides of the chain. The length of the leaves may be varied, and the number of fronds worked along it, but never do more than 14 or 15 little leaves each side.

The central branch from which leaves and blossoms project is a length of 76 chain, with 24 double crochet worked along it. The length of this branch depends upon the design to be carried out, and this, like other variations, must be left to the discretion of the worker.

The Ivy Leaf

The table - centre illustrated shows a charming design in which the ivy leaf is displayed in a picturesque fashion.

Three shades of green are employed in these leaves; some being of dark green, others of medium, and a few smaller pale leaves. A brown silk is introduced into the thicker stalk. A skein of silver thread will be required for the spider and web.

The leaf is commenced with 17 chain, 1 single stitch into second chain from hook, 1 double crochet into the next chain, 1 treble into each of next 3 chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 long treble of 3 times over the needle into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 1 treble into each of next 2 chain, 1 chain, 1 long treble of 4 times over the needle into next chain, 1 long treble of

3 times over the needle into same, 1 long treble of 3 times over the needle into next chain, 1 long treble into each of next 2 chain, 4 chain, 1 double crochet into same, 1 double crochet into first stitch the other side of chain, 4 chain, 1 long treble into each of next 2 stitches, 1 long treble of 3 times over the needle into next stitch, 1 long treble of 3 times over the needle, and one of

4 times over the needle into next stitch, 1 chain, 1 treble into each of next 2 stitches, 1 long treble into next stitch, 1 long treble of 3 times over the needle into next stitch, 1 long treble into next stitch, 1 treble into each of next 3 stitches, 1 double crochet into next stitch, 1 single stitch into next stitch, 2 single stitches into extreme end.

2nd row. 1 single stitch into next double crochet, 1 single stitch into next of each 8 stitches, 3 chain, 1 long treble into next stitch, 1 long treble, and 1 treble into next, 1 treble, and 1 double into next stitch, 1 double and 1 treble into next stitch, 2 treble into next, 3 chain, 1 double into same, 1 single stitch into each chain of previous round, 1 single stitch into each of 3 chain the other side of leaf, 3 chain, 2 treble into next stitch, 1 treble and 1 double crochet into same, 1 double and 1 treble into next stitch, 1 treble and 1 long treble into next stitch, 1 long treble into next stitch, 3 chain, 1 single stitch into same, 7 successive single stitches. Fasten off neatly.

The small leaf. Work 4 chain, 1 single stitch into second stitch from hook, 1 double crochet into each of next 3 chain, 1 long treble (thread 3 times over the needle) into next chain, one long treble into next chain, 1 long treble and 1 treble into next chain, 1 treble and 1 long treble into next chain, 1 long treble into next chain, 3 chain, 1 single stitch into same, 3 chain, 1 long treble into first stitch on other side of leaf, 1 long treble and 1 treble into next stitch, 1 treble and 1 long treble into next stitch, 1 long treble into next stitch, 1 long treble of 3 times over the needle into next stitch, 3 chain, 1 double crochet into next stitch, 1 double crochet into each of next 3 stitches, 1 single stitch into the next and extreme end.

White satin table centre, with sprays of ivy in shades of green and spider webs of silver thread

White satin table-centre, with sprays of ivy in shades of green and spider webs of silver thread

The stalks are all embroidered into this design, the thicker parts having a double outline.

The veins of the leaves are embroidered in pale silk on the dark leaves, and in a darker shade on the palest leaves. The berries and tiny leaves are also embroidered.

The web. Take a long strand of silver thread and very neatly sew it on to the satin in a web design. The web can be very carefully and faintly pencilled in, and the thread drawn along the pencilled lines, only tacking it down here and there to prevent insecurity, but not enough to cause it to look unnatural. The pencil marking must be absolutely invisible.

The Spider. With silver thread work 6 chain, 1 single stitch into second stitch from needle, 1 double crochet into each of the remaining chain, and 1 double crochet into each of the 5 stitches the other side of chain, 2 single stitches into extreme end. The body may be enlarged by adding another row of double crochet. Tack the spider into the web by means, of long stitches, which form the legs

This design is very suitable for cushions, perambulator-covers, small table-covers, or toilet cloths.