This section is from the book "Educational Needlecraft", by Margaret Swanson And Ann MacBeth. Also available from Amazon: Educational Needlecraft.
Age: 14-18 Years; 18-24 Years
Our next stage in the making of patterns introduces the circle, and this immediately gives the designer an immensely wider field from which to gather material, since all curving lines are composed of segments of circles of varying size. But in the beginning it is advisable to keep to the entire sphere, without too much licence in varying it, and in order to keep steadiness and stability in the design, straight lines in some form or another are needful, though they may be merely straight lines of spots or squares. Diag. 181, a coverlet, sewn chiefly with the tacking stitch, gives an excellent example of this combination and is as simple in its construction as can be, and yet most suitable for the coarse woollen fabric on which it is worked. The worker may make use of compasses,
but if compasses are not at hand, a penny, a teacup, a plate, or even a round tray will prove excellent substitutes. Diags. 182, 183, 184 show a blouse and a tippet and a dress designed thus with combined straight lines and circles. Diag. 185 shows the end of a toilet cloth, and the circle here has taken a floral semblance by means of its radiating straight lines of stitching.
Diag. 181. Coverlet of Welsh Flannel Sewn with Wool.