This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
Cream linen, thick and firm of texture, and handmade for choice, or Roman satin, fine and even threaded, should be chosen for this design, and two shades of rich terra-cotta filoselle, in tint almost flame colour. There should be considerable difference between the two shades, the paler being for the background, and the darker for outlining the figure. First darn the whole of the space behind the figure with six strands of the paler shade of the filoselle; then outline, with a fine and even stemstitch, every line and detail of the design even to the flowers and fruit, using six strands for the draperies and three for the finer details. The lines of the background should run across the space to be covered, those cf the border in the opposite direction.
For more accomplished workers who find this treatment too simple, an applique scheme is suggested. For the background a diaper or brocade of gold colour, not too bright, with, perhaps, a thread of metal running through it; flesh coloured linen or dull silk for the face and limbs, tawny red corded silk for the draperies, with border of tarnished gold stitched down with yellow silk; the daffodils embroidered in one thread of filofloss, the basket in bullion, and the fruit in shades of purple, green and red. The conventional border at the top may be laid in tarnished gold on a lightly darned background of dull blue; the border between the outside lines in Oriental stitch in tawny red or cream if preferred. Every part of the design must be surrounded by a dark line of satin stitch or buttonhole stitch where one fabric overlaps the other and stemstitch for the features and inside lines. The various pieces of the figure, after being drawn on the different fabrics and cut out with the sharpest scissors, may be fastened to the background with embroiderer's paste, and should be left for some hours under a heavy weight before the stitchery is begun.
Border for a Benediction Veil. (See Supplement)
This may be enlarged for a decoration for a fair linen cloth. It may be worked in pure white embroidery cotton or in scarlet. A very fine chain stitch should be used for all the fiat parts: the raised portions have the best effect if the padding is worked one way and the thread carried smoothly across in an opposite direction to finish. Lines or medallions of drawn thread work add greatly to the beauty of the altar linen.
The Alphabet for Embroidery, begun in the Supplement this month, is suitable, among other purposes, for table linen or pocket handkerchiefs. Use for this fine French embroidery cotton. Run two or three times before working in satin stitch.
Motive for Decorating fair Linen for Altar Use. (see Supplement.)
This design may be adapted and modified to suit many purposes and embroidered in many different styles. The grapes can be padded and worked in satin stitch or round and round in fine chain stitch until the circle is filled. The wheat ears must always be padded, and worked in satin stitch, tapering to a point; the bearded part sewn most carefully over a single thread, or laid in a fine lace cord. Stemstitch should never be used for. altar linen, but a fine specking stitch formed of innumerable tiny backstitches forms an excellent filling for the cross, the outline of which should be thickly run and sewn in satin stitch to form a cord-like edge. The berries should be firm and much raised. M. B. H.
Table-Centre. (See pages 98, 99.)
This table-centre should be made of bleached or unbleached linen, the design being embroidered with linen floss, filo-or embroidery cotton. The whole design may be executed in solid embroidery in one, two or three colours; in simple outline stitch in one or more colours; or in outline stitch with the rosettes of the border and the leaf work of the corners, and so forth, shaded in long or short stitch. The most suitable colourings for this design are shades of gold, shades of dull blue, or shades of terra-cotta. These three colours may be used together, care taken to select shades of equal intensity, so as to secure a properly balanced effect. The embroiderer, in transferring the design, should first stretch the linen, carefully observing the direction of the threads of the fabric, and then trace the pattern in the most accurate manner, using a straight-edge in drawing the long parallel lines. The table-centre should be finished with an inch and a quarter wide hemstitch.
Stole. By G. A. Audsley. (See Supplement.) This is intended to go with the Sermon Case or Corporal Case, by the same designer, which we gave last month. It is to be embroidered in rich coloured silks, outlined with gold, upon a plain, cream-white silk or rich brocade of a small pattern. The leaf-like members of the cross should be carefully shaded, at least three shades of each colour being used. The stems of these members should be, like all the outlines of the design, as indicated by double lines, of bright gold. Any harmonious arrangement of colours may be adopted. The centre of the cross is intended to be occupied by a jewel, cut "en cabochon," and set in a light silver-gilt case, which can be securely stitched to the ground of the stole. A carbuncle of a bright colour will be very suitable, being symbolical of our Lord's passion. The amethyst is also appropriate, symbolizing deep love and Christian humility. G. A. A.