This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
This design is a conventional treatment of the South American orchid known as the "Dove Orchid" or "Flower of the Holy Ghost." It is intended for a Whit-Sunday stole to be worked on red damask or other ecclesiastical silk; in filofloss, long and short stitch. The petals of the orchid .are of a waxy white, somewhat resembling those of the yucca, and should be worked in sheeny white, shading down to pah-green. Four shades give sufficient tone. Eight skeins suffice for both sides of the stole. In working the dove three shades suffice, the fourth only being used for the hollow of the calyx The stitches in the body of the dove should be a- short and close as possible, worked up and down, shaded towards the edges and below the head. The filofloss maybe split if desired. The eye of the dove should bein red filofloss. The spots on the petals and on the wings of the dove should be in the same, worked in French knots. The entire Mower should be outlined in Japanese gold. The stems should be in Japanese gold, couched with red sewing silk.
The leaves require four shades (eight skeins) of filofl beginning with the deepest shade used in the calyx of one orchid. The two darker shades are used chiefly in the two lower leaves. The leaves should be shaded in parallel veins, like those of the lily-of-the-valley.The cross should be filled in solidly with Japanese gold. The circles around the are formed 01 one or two lines of gold. The small circles marked for gem stones may likewise be worked in silk or gold.
The stole is completed by a band of gold, formed by more strands, across the end, directly above the fringe, which should he red or gold. Four skeins of Japanese gold suffice for crosses, steins, and outlines of leaves and flowers, &C. The gold rays proceeding from the dove may be filled solidly, or outlined, if desired.
Two Embroidered Book Covers (page 49). these dainty suggestions for book covers should be carried out with a light and delicate touch. Lei brocade ofan ivory tone form the background, all the stemlines be laid in fine-Japanese gold and the flower and leat forms worked in a single thread of filofloss. For the one, two shades of periwinkle blue should form the flower, with a touch of flame colour for the centre spot; for the other, French knots in shades of yellow to gold, crowded closely together, should till the circles. These covers would also work out quite satisfactorily on natural coloured linen, the mode of treatment more or less the same as on the brocade.