In the public schools embroidery or fancy-work is not generally encouraged; but a little attention given to it before Christmas is greatly enjoyed by the children. They may be allowed to bring the presents they are preparing, or class lessons may be given on the making of needle-books, pin-balls, scissors and thimble cases, etc. Lessons on tissue paper work afford much pleasure, and here is an opportunity for a practical lesson on the combination of colors. Simple embroidery may be taught. Fig. 114 represents a scalloped embroidered edge, which is easily acquired by a pupil who has practised the blanket-stitch.