Articles that Can be Made-materials Required-how to Make Sprays-fuchsia Blossomsvirginia Creepers-general Instructions
Florestore Work will be found a most fascinating form of crochet work. When soiled, it can be made to look like new if carefully washed and a sufficient quantity of salt added to the rinsing water to keep the colours from running.
The illustrations given show several articles to which this work can be applied.
The sprays or wreaths are made separately, and are afterwards affixed to the article they are intended to adorn.
The beginner should master at least two small details. First, how to hold the wire. This should be held with the thumb, as in the case of the padding cotton in Irish crochet. Secondly, care should be taken to bind the stems. A crocheted stem would appear ugly, so that it is not to be recommended.
Materials required for working sprays of fuchsia:
"Gem Brighteye"-pink, Nos. 392, 393; mauve, Nos. 331, 332; pale pink, No. 379; red, No. 384; cream, No. 459; green, Nos.
351. 352. 353. 493. 494.' for binding stems, Ardern's " Grove " No. 493.
Fuchsia Blossom. The outer bell. With the medium shade of pink thread work 23 chain; turn, 1 double crochet in second chain from hook, 1 double crochet in next chain, 1 treble in next chain, taking up loop of wire formed by turning about 1 inch of wire back; now, over wire, 1 treble in each next 8 chain, 1 double crochet in each chain to end of chain; 1 chain, turn, * 1 double crochet into each double crochet of previous row, bend back wire, and work over wire; 12 chain, I double crochet in second chain from hook, 1 double crochet in next chain; 1 treble in next; here bend back wire and take up loop as before; proceed to work over wire, 1 treble in each chain, until double crochet of previous row is reached, then double crochet into double crochet of previous row, and over wire to end, 1 chain, turn, and repeat from * until the four petals which form the outer bell are worked.
The Inner Petals. With a mauve shade, and using hook No. 1 1/2 (wire not being required), make 6 chain, 1 long treble in fifth chain from hook, 6 long treble of 3 times over the needle in same chain, 1 long treble, 5 chain, finish off with 1 double crochet; four of these petals are needed for each blossom.
For the Stamens. Eight short lengths of pink thread are required; knot cream thread at the end of each, cut off tidily; twist a piece of fine wire round these to keep them in place; let one stamen hang down much longer than its fellows; arrange the four petals round the stamens and lightly sew them; sew the outer bell round, and make a little green cap to fit on the top; 5 chain, 1 double crochet in second chain from hook, 1 double crochet in each of the other three stitches, 1 chain, turn, 1 double crochet in each stitch, 1 chain, turn, 1 double crochet in each stitch of previous row-four stitches in all-1 chain, turn, 1 double crochet in each stitch; this completes the small green part; sew this round the base of the flower; with thread of the same shade twist it down the stem for
Fuchsia Bud. Work 10 chain, 1 double crochet in second chain from hook, 1 double crochet in next chain, taking up wire just as in pink petal, 1 treble in next chain, 1 treble in next chain, I long treble in next chain, and 1 treble in each stitch to end of chain; finish off with double crochet. Four of these are required. Sew together and bind, after making the little green cap and fixing at base of bud.
Fuchsia Leaf. Fuchsia leaves invariably have a little red colour in the centre. With No. 384 work 15 chain, join on a deep green shade, 1 double crochet into first chain, starting at second chain from hook; have ready fine wire; place reel of wire on table to the left, thread to right of you, work over wire 1 double crochet into first stitch, leaving a short length of wire to the right to be used as a stem; 5 chain, 2 long treble of 3 times over the needle in next chain, and, still over wire, repeat in each of next 5 chain; over wire work 2 long treble in next chain, 2 treble in next chain, 3 double crochet to round top of leaf; here work down other side of chain, over wire, 2 treble in first chain going down other side, 2 long treble into next chain, 2 long treble of 3 times round the needle into each of next 6 chain, 5 chain,
1 double crochet to finish off; leave another short length of wire, bind them for about
2 inches; arrange the leaves in pairs. The smallest leaves will require about six or seven chain to commence with; leaving out the long treble of 3 times over the needle will make the leaves narrower. Each leaf must be wired in the same way.
To Arrange the Sprays. Begin with two leaves, one perhaps standing up a little longer on its stem than the other. Bind for about 1 inch, holding the stem in the left hand, and binding with right; now hold stem by piece you have bound, and twist between the finger and thumb for a short distance; insert two more leaves and, if desired, two blossoms, and so on, on the length of stem.
To Make the Photograph Frame. Take a strong piece of cardboard, and mark out the size and shape you wish the frame to be; the one illustrated is 9 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches Then mark, a little to the side (see illustration), the inner shape-the one shown is for a cabinet photograph. Place this on a piece of white buckram, and again cut out the shape, allowing turnings all round also; mark the space for the photo, and allow turnings, making little snips at the corners; cover the buckram with any material preferred. The material should be pulled tightly over the buckram, then folded over the cardboard frame; a few long stitches across the back is the best way to make it secure. Arrange the sprays, and fasten with a few stitches through the cardboard.
Dainty Calendar with Virginia Creeper Design
Materials required for working trails of Virginia creeper:
Suitable shades to use in " Gem Bright-eye " are: red, Nos. 354, 356, 357, 358, 359, 384, 453; brown, Nos. 340, 400, 401, 446, 447, 489, 498; green, Nos. 499, 500, 501, 503; Ardern's " Grove " Lustre, Nos. 384 and 451 for binding stems. Florist's wire.
A Large Leaf. Work 21 chain in dark red, 1 long treble in fifth chain from hook, taking up loop of wire formed by turning wire back over wire, holding wire as described in directions for fuchsia, 2 long treble into next chain, 2 long treble into next chain, 2 long treble of 3 times over the needle into next 3 chain, 1 long treble of 3 times over the needle into each of next 3 chain, 1 long treble into each of next 4 chain, 1 treble into each of next 3 chain, 1 double crochet into next chain, 1 double crochet into last chain, 1 chain to make the top of the leaf as pointed as possible, 1 double crochet in first stitch other side of chain-over wire-1 double crochet in next stitch; join on lighter shade; just tie a single knot, and leave about 1 inch over, hold these under the left thumb with the wire, and crochet right over them; after two or three stitches these can be cut off with a sharp pair of embroidery scissors; 1 treble in next 3 stitches, 1 long treble in next 4 stitches, 1 long treble of 3 times over the needle into each of next 3 chain, 2 long treble of 3 times over the needle into each of next 4 chain, 1 long treble into each of next 2 chain, 3 chain, 1 double crochet, and break off, twisting end firmly round wire a short distance.
Details of work for the fuchsia blossom design
A completed spray of the Virginia creeper. A study of the natural leaf will be useful in helping the worker to produce a correct effect
The Small Leaf. Work 7 chain in a light shade of red, 1 double crochet in second chain from hook-over wire-1 treble in next chain, 1 treble in each of next 3 chain, 1 double crochet in next chain, 1 double crochet in top of leaf, 1 double crochet in first stitch on other side of chain, 1 double crochet in next stitch, treble to end of chain, finish leaf with 1 double crochet; bind a short distance.
Do not work two leaves alike, but vary shading as much as possible.
Take three or four lengths of florist's wire for the long trail; arrange the bunch of leaves, bind for three or four inches with Ardern's " Grove " Lustre; arrange another bunch of leaves, and bind; do this the length you require, beginning with the lightest shades and finishing with the darker. Occasionally bring in the brown and green shades.
Make all the sprays as light and fine as possible; bend the trails in and out.
If the beginner regards the outlay for threads as rather high for an experiment, very good results may be obtained with fewer shades, if carefully selected.
To Make up Calendar. Take a circular piece of cardboard, cut a somewhat larger circle in buckram, cover with linen tightly, stretch over cardboard, and paste neatly at the back. Arrange the trails of creeper, and lightly stitch their stems through the cardboard. Affix a small calendar in the place required-this can be bought quite cheaply at any large stationer's-and tie a bow of ribbon at top. Attach a ring by which to hang it up. Finish neatly by pasting white paper over the back.
It is not necessary that the calendar should be made a circular shape. It can be cut square, or to any shape desired by the worker, the flowers, of course, being arranged accordingly; and, instead of hanging it up by a ring, it is sometimes found more convenient to place it on an easel, which could be bought very cheaply.