The Possibilities of a Metal Thread - Combination of Gold with Copper - A Dainty Lace in Silver Thread - Suggestions for Trimming a Blouse - A Medallion in Gold

The artistic possibilities of metallic laces and insertions must be seen to be fully appreciated. The black-and-white reproduction fails to give due effect to the gold, silver, and copper threads of which they are composed.

M e t a ll i c threads may be used in many ways, and always with the happiest results. Crocheted loosely with a bone hook, the work is quickly done ; or a fine hook may be used, pro-d u c i n g a durable trimming.

Gold and silver embroideries are somewhat costly to buy, but the thread itself can be obtained quite cheaply - from 6d. to 9d. the ounce - and in clever fingers may be worked up into handsome effects.

Quite simple crochet patterns can be taken, and, indeed, give the best results, for the thread must not be drawn tightly, as when using cotton.

Old gold and copper used in combination are shown in Fig.i, the trimming thus obtained being indicated on the blouse illustrated.

The method of working is as follows :

With copper-coloured thread, and a medium-sized bone crochet-hook, work 9 ch. In the 6th ch. from hook, crochet 2 ch., 2 ch., 2 tr. Miss 2 ch., and work 2 ch., then 2 tr. in next ch. Turn with * 3 ch. In the Ist hole formed by 2 ch., work 2 tr. Crochet 2 ch., and in the 2nd hole work 2 tr., 2 ch., and 2 tr. Turn with 3 ch. In the Ist hole, work 2 tr., 2 ch., and 2 tr.; 2 ch., then 2 tr. in the next hole. Repeat from *.

When a sufficient length has been completed, an edging of old gold thread is added by working in the space of the Ist scallop * 2 d.c, 2 ch., 2 d.c, 2 ch., 2 d.c, 2 ch., 2 d.c. Crochet 3 ch., and join next space with a d.c. stitch; 3 ch., and continue from *.

fig.I.Copper and old gold threads used in combination for a trimming and wheels

To enhance the colour scheme, a length of chain, worked in old gold thread, is afterwards threaded in and out of the pattern but this can be omitted, if desired.

To enhance the colour scheme, a length of chain, worked in old gold thread, is afterwards threaded in and out of the pattern but this can be omitted, if desired.

The wheels or discs are carried out in the same threads, the working of the colours only being reversed.

Take the old gold thread, and wind it I4 times round the bone hook ; carefully remove same with finger and thumb, then with a steel hook, size 41/2, work d.c. stitches in and out of the hole until the ring is covered.

2nd row : Work 4 ch., then crochet I tr. into the Ist ch., I ch. ; I tr. into next ch. Continue all round. To fasten off, do a d.c. into the end of 4 ch.

3rd row: With copper-coloured thread work d.c. stitches all round.

As will be seen from the illustration, the trimming is laid on the material to the edge, and the discs may be placed on the sleeves, and at the waist, and used in place of buttons.

Blouse or dress bodice trimmed with gold and copper lace. The under sleeves and vest may also be made in this pretty work

Blouse or dress bodice trimmed with gold and copper lace. The under sleeves and vest may also be made in this pretty work

Fig. 2 is an exceedingly hand-some design. It is worked in steel thread, while the design adjoining is of the same pattern, only of wider width, and is done in silver thread ; and a me-d i u m-s i z e d bone hook is used instead of a steel one.

The silver thread is the most effective on white, and is very suitable for smart frocks.

Crochet I4 ch. In the 7th ch. from hook work a d.c, then 3 ch., I d.c., 3 ch., I d.c, 3 ch., I d.c. Work 6 ch., and join in last chain-stitch with I d.c, and in the same loop work 3 ch., I d.c, 3 ch., I d.c, 3 ch., I d.c. Turn with * 6 ch. In the centre hole of the Ist group of 3 of previous row, work I d.c, 3 ch., I d.c, 3 ch., I d.c, 3 ch., I d.c, 6 ch.; I d.c in the middle of next group, 3 ch., I d.c, 3 ch., I d.c, 3 ch., I d.c Repeat from *.

Fig. 3. This insertion is done in old gold thread, and is worked with a steel hook, size 41/2.

Commence with 22 ch. In the 9th ch. from hook, work a d.c. Miss 3 ch., and in the 4th stitch work 7 long tr. Miss 4 ch., and in the 5th ch. work 7 long tr. Miss 3 ch., and in the 4th work a d.c., 3 ch., I tr. Turn with 9 ch., * I d.c. into the space formed by the 3 ch., 7 long tr., in the 4th stitch of 7 long tr. of previous row ; 7 long tr. in centre of next group ; I d.c in the last space, with 3 ch. and I tr., 9 ch. Turn, and repeat from *.

thread and wider, a bone hook having been used

Fig. 2. A handsome design worked in steel thread. The lower example is the same design in silver

Fig. 2. A handsome design worked in steel thread. The lower example is the same design in silver

Fig. 4. This pattern looks best worked in old gold thread, with the edges in a copper shade, using a steel hook, size 41/2.

Work 20 ch., I tr. in the 7th stitch from hook, I tr. in each of the next 2 stitches, 2 ch. Miss 2 loops, and work I tr. in each of the next 3 - 2 ch - miss 2 stitches, I tr. in each of the next 3 stitches, 3 ch., and again I tr. in the last stitch. Turn with 6 ch. * I tr. in the Ist space just made, also 3 ch. and 3 tr.; 2 ch., then 3 tr. in the next space; 2 ch., and 3 tr. in the next space. Turn With 6 ch. 3 tr. in the Ist space, 2 ch., 3 tr. in the next; 2 ch., 3 tr. in the next, then 3 ch. and I tr. in the same space. Turn with 6 ch., and repeat from *.

For the edges, work * 4 d.c. into each hole, with 3 ch. between ; then 5 ch., which join into space between holes - 5 ch - then continue from *.

Fig. 5. This is the simplest design of all to work, and, besides its use as a trimming, it is particularly suitable for large fillings, such as yokes, sleeves, etc Use a medium-sized bone hook.

Fig. 3. An insertion in old gold thread worked on a steel hook

Fig. 3. An insertion in old gold thread worked on a steel hook

Fig.4. Worked in old gold, with the edges in copper thread, a pretty effect is produced

Fig.4. Worked in old gold, with the edges in copper thread, a pretty effect is produced

Make a chain according to the necessary width, and then work I tr. into the 4th ch. stitch from hook, I tr. into next ch. Crochet 2 ch., miss 2 ch., and again work 2 tr. Continue to end of row. Turn with 3 or 4 ch. Work treble stitches of proceeding rows into each space.

The edging consists of 5 tr.and Id.c. in each space.

If it is desired to work a yoke in a closer design than that d escribed , this can be done by crocheting it to shape in double crochet stitches over a brown paper pat-tern.

Fig. 6 is a medallion worked in gold thread. Use a steel hook, size 4^.

Fig. 5. A very simple but effective design for an allover lace for yokes or sleeves trimming

Fig. 5. A very simple but effective design for an allover lace for yokes or sleeves trimming

Fig. 6. Medallion in gold thread. An exceedingly pretty form of dress

Fig. 6. Medallion in gold thread. An exceedingly pretty form of dress

Wind the thread 35 or 40 times round a lead pencil, and work d.c. stitches all round, as instructed in Fig.i.

2nd row : 6 ch., Id.c. into third chain from hook; 6 ch. Id.c. into 3rd ch. ; 3 ch. Miss 2 of the foundation chain, and work a d.c. into the 3rd stitch. Work 8 of these spaces round the ring.

3rd row: This is the same as the 2nd row, with the exception that the spaces are worked a little larger.

4th row : 6 ch., I d.c. into 3rd ch. ; 6 ch., I d.c. into 3rd ch.; 6 ch., Id.c. into 3rd ch. ; 3ch., and join into next space.

These medallions can be used for many forms of trimming, and can also be worked in any colour to harmoni se with the articles they are intended to adorn.