One of the prettiest ideas for a small table is a decoration of ribbons. These ribbons, which may be of any width or length to suit the taste and requirements of the hostess, may • be painted or embroidered. Two lengths of ribbon of any shade are laid crossways over each other in the centre of the table, or they may run right across the table from corner to corner.
For a round table it is effective to use three lengths of ribbon. Two are placed cross-ways, whilst the third is placed lightly on the top of these. Between the divisions of the ribbon six small silver vases filled with forget-me-nots make a charming decoration, or a cut-glass bowl filled with the same dainty flowers is in good taste.
A design of wild roses is very effective when embroidered on a white moire ribbon about six inches wide. The sprays of flowers are finished off with a true-lover's knot in pale blue. The petals of the flowers are embroidered in satin-stitch in shades of pale pink, the centres are French knots in pale gold silk with a touch of apple-green in the centre. Embroider the leaves in satin-stitch in shades of green.
The embroidery on such strips of ribbon of necessity is very delicate and beautiful. The high lights on the leaves are worked in the palest tones of green, while the true-lovers' knot is worked in a soft shade of blue, in either satin-stitch or long and short stitch. This pale blue true-lover's knot is outlined in stem-stitch in a bright shade of turquoise, which is an admirable foil to the paler shade of blue with which the design is worked.
Another pretty idea is one of forget-me-nots, which is worked on to the white moire silk ribbon. A spray of these old - world flowers is sketched lightly on to the ribbon in pencil, or a pansy design may be used. The design of flowers is also finished off with a true-lover's knot. The forget-me-nots are worked in shades of pale blue in long and short stitch - that most useful of stitches for shaded work. The centres have a French knot of old gold silk. The wee buds of the forget-me-nots are worked in the very palest shades of pink, delightful little touches of colour which accentuate the beauty of the flowers. Work the leaves in shades of green. The true-lover's knot is worked in crewel-stitch or in long and short stitch.
The width of the ribbon may vary according to the size of the table. Wide ribbons are effective when the paint-brush is employed in their embellishment. Choose a good white glace ribbon, and upon this sketch a long trailing spray of autumn leaves. There are those who take a delight in adorning their tables on certain special occasions with decorations which suggest the seasons of the year. For the fall of the leaf what could be more effective than these ribbons with Virginia creeper straying across their shimmering surface? They would look equally effective worked in soft shades of green and brown. Scarlet poppies look excellent too in summer-time. They are stamped or sketched on to the ribbon, and then painted in shades of rose madder and vermilion, using either water-colours or oils. The poppies can also be embroidered. With such ribbon decorations wheat looks charming in small cut-glass vases, or leaves which are turning a golden brown can be used in its place.
For winter there is nothing more effective than sprays of holly, either painted or embroidered right across the ribbons. As an alternative, masses of holly, with its bright red berries, may be embroidered at each corner of the ribbons. The berries are quite realistic if embroidered in French knots, which give a raised effect. The Chinese fully appreciate the value of this stitch, some of their work being entirely worked out in this manner.
Spring, with her wonderful soft greens, and pale tints, suggests the primrose. If the table is large enough, a wide ribbon is quite charming for this idea. The ribbon should be of the palest shade of green, so pale that it is almost a deep cream shade. Sketch carelessly arranged bunches of primroses over the ribbon. It is an extremely elaborate and beautiful piece of work if' these bunches of flowers are worked or painted along the entire strip of ribbon.
An embroidered ribbon for table decoration. Wild rose sprays are worked upon white moire silk ribbon, and the design is completed by a true lover's knot in pale blue
As a floral decoration with thin idea daffodils are ideal. Violets are also charming - painted in bunches or odd flowers scattered over the ribbon, the leaves also scattered carelessly over the ribbon in odd places. The entire colour scheme should be in soft shades of mauve.
Summer suggests the rose or carnation. The former should be painted or embroidered
E on a pale rose satin ribbon, either right across the ribbon strips or at each corner as fancy may suggest. The trailing leaves must be worked in satin-stitch. If the table is small, rather narrow ribbon must be used. Old-world moss rosebuds are always a favourite design.