This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
The Box Top (No. 66) may be embroidered on satin, velvet or vellum. If on satin, the scroll work should be padded and worked in satin-stitch with fine twisted gold, great care being taken In keep the form of the scrolls exact. (In padding, the stitches should always run in the opposite direction to the covering stitches, and a soft yellow cotton is the best medium to use for raised gold work). The leaves may be worked in green filofloss - two tones - with golden stems, the little roses of ribbon gathered on Hie inner edge and forming a rosette. The whole surface within the circle should finally he sprinkled with tiny gold spangles, each spangle secured with a gold head or a French-knot. If vellum is chosen for a foundation, the whole box may be of the same material. Linen also makes a very good background for the embroidery, and the same scheme may be carried out on natural tinted linen, or, slightly varied, on any desired tone.
M. B. H.
The Border Design of leaves and berries (No. 65) may be used for many purposes. A photograph frame, for instance, may easily be arranged by repeating the double corner spray and leaving out the somewhat redundant foliage in the centre. This, on deep cream satin, the leaves in rich tones of green, and with gold stems and red berries, would be simple and effective, and easy to accomplish. The leaves and berries would look best in filofloss, with Japanese gold for the stems and for an outline to the leaves. The latter should be worked in satin stitch in one tone only; those at the back dark, and the upper ones lighter; the berries well padded and in brilliant red. For a border, a pleasing scheme would be to work on fine huckaback, darning the background with blue crewel and outlining the pattern with washing gold thread. The crewel should be of a dull, watery blue, and taken double, each stitch being drawn through the loose thread of the huckaback alternately so as to form a sort of diaper pattern. The darning should all be done first, and, afterwards, the pattern outlined in rather coarse twisted washing gold. This should be sewn down with yellow horsetail, and the berries worked in yellow silk. A border worked in this way and laid on a foundation of blue silk has a very good effect, and a little picot edge of gold thread and silk should be worked over the join to give completeness to the whole. This design could also be adapted for a calendar, and treated in the same way as the photograph frame. M. B. H.
The Rose Design (No. 67). - In the size shown in the Supplement, this design would be well adapted for a bell-pull. Or it might be used as a border for an afternoon tea-cloth, or, on coloured cloth, for the cover of an occasional table. Enlarged to perhaps three times its present dimensions, it would also serve admirably as a curtain border. For the bell-pull a stout natural-coloured linen commends itself as a ground, the design to be worked in crewel worsteds. Five-tones of red would be required for the flowers, from a pale pinkish tint on the outside edge to a deep rose-red at the heart, the inner petals to be turned over with a pale shade, but in themselves deep red. Three tones of rose-leaf green and one of brownish hue for the foliage and stems would also be required, and one tone of yellow for the stamens. The flowers should be shaded in the ordinary long-and-short-stitch, the leaves worked simply and flatly in a slanting satin-stitch, the needle being always put in at the edge of the leaf and brought out in a slanting direction at the centre line. The brown stems should be worked in a thick rope-stitch, the brown stem line being carried to the centre of each leaf.
For the afternoon teacloth, on fine white linen, two tones of pink, two of green, and one tone of bronze filo-floss will suffice. The whole of the outside petals should be worked in a "dog's tooth" - stitch in the first or palest tone; the centre petals in the same stitch is the second tone; the leaves outlined in green also in the same stitch, every fourth or fifth stitch on the outside edge be .a little longer, to give the serrated effect of the rose-leaf. The stems should he in hemstitch of brown and the stamens of yellow French-knots.
For the enlarged curtain border, quite a different mode of working may be suggested: a band of apple-green linen for the border, on which the pattern must he carefully drawn. The roses should then he cut out in two tones of pink linen, and exactly fitted to the design. The centre of the flower should be of the darker tone, and, as the amateur worker would probably find some difficulty in cutting out the one piece and fitting in the other, this may be laid overthe outer petals of the flower without in any way spoiling the effect. The linen thus applied may be kept in place by embroiderer's paste, or, if the stiffness of this treatment is objected to, simply tacked firmly down, the edges being afterwards secured by buttonholing all round with black twisted floss. The leaves may be treated in the same manner as the flowers or worked in crewel worsteds; the French knots in the centre of the flowers may be in yellow Algerian silk.