Sewing is a usual form of handwork throughout the civilized and uncivilized world. The form of the stitches varies little, but the principles of construction and the application in articles and garments are often entirely different. Each part of the world has characteristic handwork of its own. The American teacher who goes to foreign lands to teach and the native one, ambitious to do as.the more civilized nations are doing, are apt to follow the visage of the schools of the United States or of the Continent of Europe. The better procedure would be to study first the articles and garments known and in use in such lands and select some of them for the class instruction. Such foreign stitch forms as are satisfactory should he adopted rather than the unnecessary details of our more elaborate system. When our methods are needed and desirable, they can be used as supplementary to the native work. The life of those nations and its improvement or development should, however, be the basis for decision on courses of work. In some countries the women and girls are very deft with their fingers and many nations have developed wonderful crafts of their own; these should be preserved, if possible, unless the best reasons exist for change. It is stupefying to foreign children to be given ideas of construction entirely at variance with their previous knowledge and at the same time, little adapted to the life they are living.