Collars and Cuffs would look effective in this style of work.
Beautiful trimmings for dresses made of some material of an open texture can very easily be made in this popular style of fancy work. Any geometrical design can be traced on the fabric, such as that illustrated here, then the outside edge is worked over with overcasting stitch; the openwork section is done on the counted threads. Commencing at the first 3 threads inside the line at the left side, with fine linen thread and a very coarse tapestry needle, insert the needle between the 3rd and
4th threads in the fabric, from the top, catch the end of the thread as it follows the needle, bring the latter up before the 1st thread in a horizontal line, then pass it down through the 1st hole again, crossing the end of the thread to secure it, bring it up through the 2nd hole and down through the 1st again, * pass the needle diagonally on the back and bring it up through the 3rd and 4th threads in a perpendicular line below the 2nd hole, insert between the 3rd and 4th threads in a horizontal line with the last hole, and bring it up again through the preceding hole, then down through the hole to the right, * repeat to the end of the lst perpendicular line of openwork in the design, turn the work upside down and repeat over next 3 threads and continue in this way until all the perpendicular lines are worked, then turn the work the other way and work the horizontal lines in exactly the same manner. The lower edge is worked in buttonhole stitch with coarse embroidery cotton and the centre flower with the same kind of thread. Make a hole in the very centre of the motif with the coarse needle, then work a row of buttonhole stitch around it, using, of course, an ordinary embroidery needle for the purpose. The petals are worked thus: After finishing the centre bole put a stitch on the edge of the first one or two stitches to get the thread exactly opposite the centre of one of the little squares that surround this centre, stretch the thread along the centre and make a stitch in about the 4th thread from the edge, insert the needle in the edge of the buttonhole stitch through which it comes out and stretch another thread to the top stitch where you run the needle under the same thread in the fabric; this gives 3 threads over which you work darning stitch from side to side, taking alternately two and one of the threads on the needle down to the centre, where you pass the stitch through the buttonhole stitches until exactly opposite the centre of next square, where you repeat the petal, and so on all round for the 8 petals. The material is next cut away from the outside of the buttonhole edging.
Suitable for a Cushion: Background dark brown, Cross-bars gold. Centre Design cream.
Variety can often be obtained by combining one or two Simple Motifs.
Collars, revers, and cuffs in this pattern will give a very dainty finish to the costume made of linen, and of course, may be, with advantage, worked on a coarser material of a contrasting colour, or white. Har-danger canvas is a very suitable material for the white or ecru work, and so are the new shirting canvasses of m ercerised cotton.
A Neat Design for Waistbelt, in three colours to harmonise with the Gown.
Rose pink, pale green an< white would combine wel for the above Design.
The revival of the mid-Victorian Berlin wool-work is a useful one. Like every form of needlecraft, it has been abused, and always will be abused if it gets into the, hands of the inartistic worker, who has neither good judgment-nor a good pattern-to guide her. But when treated artistitional . As a matter of fact, its very conventionality is an advantage in many instances, because a worker who has the sense to know when her powers are only very limited can get a good motif, and repeat it with excellent effect, without any demand on artistic perception , or clever workman-ship -which may be beyond her.
The Berlin Wool-work Designs on this page are described in the next article.
Suitable for Inlets for a Cushion.
iese Bells would look pretty for a Fancy Work Bag.
A simple pattern for a Fancy Waistcoat.
Waved lines in various shades of the same colour are effective.
cally, and used in the right place, this work has very desirable qualities, and is to be preferred to many of the looser, coarse forms of embroidery, even though it may be much more conven-
A Bold Design in three colours for a Cushion Centre or a Footstool.
The good wearing quality of this work is undeniable; the canvas gives a staying power to the whole, and the thickness of the crossed wool or thread makes a thoroughly strong firm substance when completed.
A Design in black, violet, heliotrope and white. Could be used in various ways-.