This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
You will see, by Moeller & Condrup's advertisement, that they offer to give free lessons in relief burning (poker-work) to any teacher who wants to learn that useful craft.
Subscriber (Birkenhead.) - The hymn-board designed and carved by Miss Reeks, which we illustrated last month, was a commission from Mrs. Coltart and placed by her in the parish church at Birkenhead ; so it is not remarkable that you have seen one like it there.
(1) Naturally, there is a disadvantage in having to crease the double-page drawing, as in the instance you mention ; but surely this is counterbalanced by the advantage of having such studies the actual sizes of the originals, or very nearly. There should be no difficulty in getting any of our double-page illustrations to open flat and remain so, for each section of the magazine is separately stitched, and its middle pages may be pressed back without fear of injury to the binding. (2) Your suggestion will be followed so far as practicable.
P. J. (Bath).- (1) It is usual to edge the front with a deep lace, which, when in use, will hang over and partly hide the super-frontal. The lace, however, is not obligatory. (2) The corporal should be about twenty inches square, made of the finest linen or lawn. It should be finished with a plain hem an inch deep. A small cross worked in the centre is often the only ornament, but simple crosses may also be embroidered in the four corners.
(1) The "mineral water-colours" you mention were employed for a time in china painting ; but, we are told, were a failure. In the United States, on the other hand, the excellent " vitro moist water-colours " made by Messrs. A. Sartorius & Co. have been used with great success. You may be interested to know that the address of the firm is 46, West Broadway, New York. (2) Our correspondent, Mr. F. A. Rhead, you will see, takes the same view as you do in regard to the present lack of interest in ceramic art among amateurs in England.
" Hampthill." - (1) The purpose of the folding diptyeh and triptych, doubtless, was to protect the painted picture it enclosed. (2) The term " drawing " is not fitted to express the elaborate processes of modern water-colour painting. It has been retained from the time when water-colour pictures were, indeed, drawings in India ink, afterwards stained with a few tints of thin colour - being little more than studies of light and shade. " Water-tinted drawings " and " water-washed drawings," they were called early in the last century.
Adapted from a Stencilled Frieze by Mr. James A. Found (See Correspondence).
Example of Work by the Village Carving Class, Shipbourne, Tonbridge.