Cretonne Veiled with Net - Its Application to the Decoration of a Room - The Glistening Dewdrops

- Novel Idea for a Competitive Working Party - Original Ideas

Applique cretonne work is eminently adapted to the decoration of a room, the ever necessary soft cushion becoming a thing of beauty as well as comfort when covered with a veiled cretonne design.

The cushion illustrated is covered with a coarse white net, and shows a cretonne design of graceful pale pink roses, buds, and foliage, interlaced with soft green ribbons of a delicate shade.

This design was cut from three-quarters of a yard of cretonne, and placed between double net, made up over a white sateen cushion pad. A pink cord to match the veiled roses is a finish to the whole.

A very pretty fancy is to sew on to the roses and foliage a few tender pink and leaf-green jewels at irregular intervals, which, dimly glistening through the veiling on the petals and leaves, suggest the raindrops after a summer shower upon the roses in the garden.

The table-covers, fireplace curtains, fire-screens, etc., could all be made to match, and with a soft rose-coloured or Liberty-green carpet would complete a \ cry attractive and not expensive form of decoration for a drawing-room.

An original competition might be arranged by those who are on the look-out for something new in that way for the coming autumn and winter. Cards of invitation should be sent out two or three weeks before a given date, announcing a ' Cretonne Competition and Tea," proceeding to explain that prizes would be given for the best articles made from cretonne and net, materials for which must not cost more than a certain sum. These competition teas prove very popular and enjoyable, especially when it is wished to arrange something in which philanthropy and pleasure may be combined, those invited naturally being persons who have a common interest in any charitable scheme in operation. It would be usual for the organisers to provide tea and prizes, and all articles made for competition given to be sold for the benefit of the cause.

This would be an exceedingly attractive idea, as the things that may be made are so many and varied, a few suggestions, in addition to those already mentioned, being a tea-cosy, set of d'oyleys, traycloth (a very dainty one seen was of white spotted net, with a design of flowers and beautiful little blue birds, and a narrow gold trimming as a finish to the edge), chair-backs, blotters, photo-frames, workbag, pincushion, glove and handkerchief sachets ; in fact, almost any pretty and useful thing which may occur to one can be carried out in this way.

A cushion cover of cretonne roses appliqued upon white satin and covered with coarse white net. A few beads sewn on would give the appearance of dewdrops upon the roses

A cushion-cover of cretonne roses appliqued upon white satin and covered with coarse white net. A few beads sewn on would give the appearance of dewdrops upon the roses