This section is from the book "Scientific Sewing And Garment Cutting", by Antoinette Van Hoesen Wakeman. Also available from Amazon: Scientific Sewing And Garment Cutting: For Use In Schools And In The Home.
For the third design, leave a space of six threads of canvas, and between the sixth and seventh threads put in a line of backstitching. Count three threads, and put in a line of basting, taking up two threads and leaving four. Count two threads, and put in another line in the same way, and again count two threads, and put in a third line. Leave a space of three threads, and put in a line of backstitching, which finishes the third design.
How far is the third design from the second? Ans. Six threads.
Of what is it composed? Ans. The backstitch and basting-stitch.
Where is the first line of backstitching placed? Ans. Between the sixth and seventh threads from the second design.
Where is the first line of basting placed? Ans. Three threads from the line of backstitching.
How far from the first line of basting is the second one placed? Ans. Two threads, and the third and last is two threads from that.
How is this design finished? Ans. By a line of backstitching three threads from the last line of basting.