Age : 11-12 Years

This lesson is the crux of the early period.

The strengthening and defending of raw edges have followed the need of the child, and now with the awakening skill of the hand, she seems to have no fear, on the experimental side, in grappling with construction that needs skill.

It is the business of the teacher to seize and direct this spurt of dexterity in handling!material, or it passes for ever.

There is a second period, truly, when another chance arises for the acquirement of skill, but which, however well directed, remains the poorer if the awakening be neglected.

Lesson XVI A Strengthening Strip 57

Diag. 53.

At this period there is no concern about the ultimate utility of her occupations, and that is perhaps fortunate for the educator.

Flannel, calico, linen, cretonne, any of the ordinary textiles. Needles, No. 6 betweens. Thread, No. 40 cotton, linen or yarn (with darner).

Pockets, bags, child's straight petticoat, slip bodice, can all illustrate the value of " A Strengthening Strip "

(Diags. 54, 55, 56).


1. Take a strip of tape, say 3 inches. Mark a slanting line midway and cross by this line, forming a V-shaped strip.

Turn in 1/3-inch fold at each end of the tape (Diag. 54), and tack down along slit of the garment, which will

Methods 58

Diag. 54.

Methods 59

Diag. 55.

Diag. 56.

have corresponding folds tapering to meet the angle of the V-shaped tape.

Top sew the inner edge to the right side of the article and hem down all the outer edges on the wrong side, including the crossover (which should not show the sewing through) (Diag. 56). Note that the tape ends lie in slanting fashion to allow the tape to lie quite straight at the bottom.

To say that only 3 inches of this or that strip is the correct thing is but to reiterate a code of rules, instead of taking the chance as an opportunity for the pupils to show initiative and judgment.

And that is what we want in all true handiwork: initiative, responsi-bility, experiment; so' that, like the old Venetian glass workers, our glory will consist in each bit of work being different, showing the power of the individual; not as our glory has been, a machine-like same-ness where the hand of an individual wrought - as if the laughter of work were stilled.

2. A strengthening strip need not be shaped as in Diags. 54, 55. It may be doubled and opened out loop fashion, as in Diag. 57, where lit actually becomes a kind of tape-bound button hole; or it may have .a piece of shaped material stitched all round, as in a pocket (Diag. 55).