Eastern embroideries make a great appeal to those who are blessed with imagination and a love of the Oriental. There is something curiously fascinating about such work. The wealth and luxuriant beauty of gold and silver, crystal and turquoise, sends one back to the vivid splendours and glories reminiscent of the "■ Arabian Nights."
Women with appreciation for colour constantly find the collecting of Oriental embroideries an absorbing and fascinating hobby. Later it becomes still more fascinating, when ideas for the modern requirements of their own frivolous chiffons can be borrowed from the East. But elaborate designs on silk for gowns are not the only embroideries used by the woman of this century.
A dainty slipper made of chamois leather, and decorated with minute Indian beads, could quite well be copied and worn in the boudoir or bedroom. These pretty slippers would be a quaint novelty to wear with an artistic rest gown, and they would be delightfully soft and supple for tired feet.
Two chamois leather skins will make one pair of slippers. First of all, cut out the shape of the foot in paper, leaving enough to be brought over the instep and front of the foot; then place the paper shape on the chamois leather, and cut it to the exact size. As a matter of fact, these novel slippers are like little bags, gathered neatly into a piece of silk ribbon around the ankle. A flap of chamois leather bound with ribbon is then sewn neatly at the top, and the flap forms the decorative portion of the slipper as it rests on the instep.
Fantastic applique shapes of cerise silk look well on the chamois leather, and a conventional design of minute Indian beads further embellishes these bewitching Oriental shoes. The applique of silk can be dispensed with altogether if desired.
A bead design worked in vivid turquoise beads with soft shades of green silk would look charming, when the ribbon which is used for binding the chamois leather should be of the same shade as the predominating colour scheme of the beads.
A very elaborate pair of slippers could be made by using lustrous crystal, gold, and rose beads, with emerald green beads. A conventional design embroidered thickly over the entire chamois leather slip-pers is decidedly chic ; or a design of flowers would be equally effective.
A turndown collar composed of crystal and chalk beads, made over a hundred years ago, is another old-world relic which might adorn the white throat of the modern woman with great success. It is very much after the shape of the popular Peter Pan collar and when worn on a blouse of soft silk or mousseline-de-soie is both dainty and novel. The quickest way of making such a collar would be to thread on a strong crochet silk or cotton about five crystal beads, then two chalk beads, and five crystal beads, and two chalk beads, until sufficient have been threaded to form the collar, or as nearly so as possible. After threading the beads on the silk or the cotton, the silk can be wound up again to prevent its becoming tangled.
Measure a portion of the bead-threaded cotton around the neck. This will form the top portion of the collar, and should be the size of the collar usually worn. Pass five crystal beads along the cotton, and crochet the two chalk beads between the next chalk beads ; repeat this until the first row of festoons is made. Turn, and again crochet the chalk beads between the chalk beads, and passing five beads along to form another festoon of beads. This is repeated until the collar is deep enough to suit the requirements of the wearer. Cuffs could be made in the same manner.
A collar worked out in beads in shades of gold and turquoise would be charming and effective, and would form a very beautiful addition to a chiffon blouse. The softness of the chiffon seems to provide a pleasing surface for the glittering beads.
Muffs are delightful when made of soft satin with a touch of fur and embellished with embroidery in silk and beads, or beads alone if desired. One yard of satin makes a good-sized muff. A black satin muff embroidered in silk and scintillating beads is a novel and useful possession. Satin or velvet bead - embroidered muffs are particularly suitable for use with a black satin or velvet coat, or a well-cut gown of either fabric. A scarf of black satin embroidered in beads and silk, described on page 2792, Vol. 4, made to match the muff, and edged with fur, would make a beautiful set.
A clematis design such as is given here, worked in pastel shades of blue, looks attractive on black satin. Stamp or trace the design on to the satin, and commence the embroidery. The flowers are worked in satin-stitch in two shades of pale blue, the edges of the leaves are outlined in dull shades of green, almost a bronze green, which is capable of giving the effect of golden light playing upon the foliage. The tendrils and stems are worked in chain and stem-stitch.
The fascinating part of embellishing the embroidery with beads may now be commenced. The flowers are sprinkled all over with minute scintillating rose satin beads, to give just the desired warmth to the pale blue flowers. The beads are threaded on to the cotton one at a time, and sewn into position. When there are a sufficient number of beads on the surface of the flowers, draw the needle through the centre of the flower.
Chamois leather slipper worked with minute Indian beads. Turn-down collar formed entirely of crystal and chalk white beads
Thread seven white satin beads, and fasten them down securely ; repeat this eight times, and it will form a pretty starlike design. Finish off the centre with a dull gold or pearl bead.
The centres of the leaves are filled in solidly with dull gold or soft green beads ; touches of gold may also embellish the stems and tendrils.
The satin can now be made up into the muff. It must be well padded with cottonwool, and lined with black or coloured satin as preferred. When a black satin muff is lined with a soft blue silk which matches the • flowers, a bead-embroidered muff becomes a thing of Oriental beauty. A border of pale blue is formed by carrying the pale blue lining over each side of the muff. The black satin is gathered slightly along the top of the muff and along the bottom, which almost gives the appearance of a wide frill. Each side of the muff is slightly gathered the inner side of the blue border. This gathering is covered by a narrow strip of fur, and finished off at the bottom with two black tassels. Exquisite muffs are carried by Parisian ladies at the theatre or restaurant, and are often of immense proportions. They can be made of the softest shades of pink, apricot, or turquoise satin or velvet, to match the evening gown with which they are intended to be worn. A floral or conventional design is stamped on to the fabric, and simply outlined in satin-stitch in soft shades of filoselle. The flowers may be thickly sewn with pearl beads, and the centres of the leaves with bright cut gold or silver beads ; whilst the stems may be brightened with an occasional gold or pearl bead. If made up in the same manner as the black satin muff, a narrow strip of ermine would look charming each side, and the tassels could be of gold or silk of the same shade as the satin or the lining.