With the old gold thread work 36 ch. Take the florist's wire, and lay it on the top of the chain; then (over wire) work 2 d. cr. in the second ch. from hook, securing the end of wire tightly. * Over wire only, work 6 d. cr., then (over wire) 2 d. cr. in the 5th ch. from last 2 d. cr., making these stitches as tight as possible. Repeat from * to end of ch. There will then be 7 loops of 6 d. cr.
Turn, and work 8 d. cr. over wire; then (over wire) * 2 d. cr. in the centre of 1st space of previous row, drawing these 2 stitches tightly, 6 d. cr. over wire only. Repeat from *. Continue this row backwards and forwards until a length of 8 1/2 or 9 inches is worked.
Border. 1st row. Here the wire is not required.
Secure the pink thread in the 1st end space with 1 d. cr., and in the same space work 2 ch., 1 tr., 2 ch., 1 tr. Work * 2 ch. to next space; in it work 1 tr., 2 ch., 1 tr. Continue from * to end of row, turning the corner with 2 ch. and 1 d. cr.
On the side work * 3 ch., then in the space 2 tr., 6 ch., 2 tr., 3 ch. to next space (d. cr between loops), 1 d. cr. into it. Repeat from * to end of row.
Turn the corner with 3 ch. and 1 d. cr., and work the end and the other side in the same way as just described.
2nd row. In each of the end spaces work I tr. with 2 ch. between.
For the sides, work 3 ch. to turn corner; then *, in the space of 6 ch. work 4 d. cr. with 3 ch. between. 3 ch. to space of 3 ch., and work 1 d. cr. into it. 3 ch. to next space of 3 ch., and work 1 d. cr. into it, 3 ch., and continue from *.
On completion of the border, draw both ends together by working d. cr. stitches tightly into each space. Turn, and work loops consisting of 25 ch. into each space, securing them with d. cr. stitches.
In gold thread, work 3 ch., and join in a ring. Into this work 12 d. cr.
2nd round: Work 2 d. cr. in each stitch of previous round.
3rd round: The same as the 2nd round.
4\th round: 1 d. cr. in each stitch of previous round. Repeat these instructions for 5 or 6 more rounds, or until the work is shaped like a thimble.
Take a piece of cotton-wool, roll to the shape of a ball; then, holding 3 1/2 inches of wire in the left hand for stalk, wind it over the wadding; bring it down and bend for stalk; wind over wadding several times, securing a length for stalk each time (see illustration). Lastly, twist the wire round the stalk to keep all the wires together.
Nicely shape the apple with the finger and thumb, and cover with yellow paper, winding wire tightly round the edge of the paper at the top of apple.
Draw the crochet work over the apple, and work 1 or 2 more rounds of d. cr. to the top, drawing the stitches tightly towards the stem.
To form the eye of the apple, take a needle and cotton and pass it from the centre of bottom of apple to the top; draw thread tightly, and secure round the stem. Bind the bottom of the stalk for about an inch with gold thread.
Three apples are required for the bunch, the stems of which bind together for about another inch.
Apple Leaves. With gold thread work 15 ch.
Lay the florist's wire on the top of ch., allowing 2 or 3 inches for stem; then (over wire) work 2 tr. in the 2nd ch. from hook. In the next 3 ch. also work 2 tr. In the next 6 ch. work 2 long tr., and 2 tr. in each of the remaining 4 stitches to end.
Work along the other side of leaf in the same way - i.e., 2 tr. in each of the 1st 4 stitches, 2 long tr. in the next 6 stitches, 2 tr. to end of row.
Twist the two ends of wire for stem, and bind closely with gold thread.
Work 2 more leaves to match; arrange spray, and bind stems together.
also the thimble-shaped tinsel covering ready to put on to the cotton-wool foundation
Fig. 3. A spray of apples and leaves, executed in gold thread, suitable for a hair ornament or as a trimming for a hat
Fold evenly 9 inches of ribbon wire, and bind about half an inch tightly with strong thread. Turn in the end, and bind about an inch and a half of stalk with gold thread. Attach the apples, and continue binding stalk for about two inches, then add the spray of leaves, and complete the binding to end of stalk. Lightly bend the stalk here and there.
An Ornament for the Hair
Fasten the hairpin securely to the stalk by winding the gold thread round it several times. If preferred, the hairpin can be omitted, and the spray pinned in position as required by passing hairpins over the stalk, and then into the hair.
Figs. 5 and 6. Butterfly Ornament. This is a most becoming adornment for the hair, and may also be used as a hat-trimming.
Required: Silver thread, Tosca beads, florist's wire, ribbon wire, a strong hairpin, and a crochet hook, size 4 1/2.
Wing of Butterfly. Work 5 ch., and join in a ring.
1st row: Work 5 ch. Lay the florist's wire on the top of the ch. round the ring, leaving a small piece with which to attach the wing to the body; then, in the ring (over wire), work 6 tr. (thread over hook 3 times), 6 long tr. (thread over twice), 6 ordinary tr., and 1 d. cr., 2 ch. Turn.
2nd row: Over wire, 1 tr. in top of 1st tr. of previous row. 2 tr. in next stitch, 1 tr. in next stitch, 2 tr. in next stitch, 1 tr. in next stitch, 2 tr. in next stitch. In next stitch 1 long tr., 2 long tr. in next stitch, until 9 stitches have been worked; then work 9 stitches of tr. (thread over hook 3 times) in the same manner.
3rd row: Over wire, 2 tr. in each stitch of previous row.
When the end is reached, work d. cr. stitches across the inside of wing.
This completes one wing. Work a second one to match in exactly the same way, reversing the order of stitches, as, for instance, the 1st row would be begun, after making a ring and crocheting 5 ch., with 6 ordinary tr., 6 long tr., and 6 tr., with thread 3 times over hook.
Body of Butterfly. Take about 3 inches of ribbon wire, double, and press closely together to resemble the body of a butterfly, then wind silver thread closely round. (If the body is first covered with silver paper less thread will be required.) Finish off securely with one or two sewing stitches.
Twist silver thread round two pieces of florist's wire, each 2 1/4 inches long, for the antennae (or feelers), and, with fine sewing cotton secure them under the fore part of the body.
Take up 4 beads, pass them over the top of body, and secure underneath. Repeat 10 times, lastly adding 2 bright beads for the eyes.
Fix the wings to the body with wire left over for the purpose.
Fig. 5. A dainty butterfly in silver tinsel thread and beads, which would make a charming ornament for evening wear
The illustration shows the hairpin permanently attached to the butterfly by florist's wire, but this, as in the case of the golden apples, can be left to the choice of the worker.
In addition to butterflies, other insects, such as dragon-flies, beetles, can be evolved, and these the practical worker will soon be able to accomplish herself. And here the lessons that have already been given in florestore work will again come in useful, as they can easily be utilised for metallic thread. (See Every Woman's Encyclopaedia, page 1843, Vol. 3, page 3045, Vol. 5, and page 4316, Vol. 6.)
For example, the fuchsia blossoms could be easily copied. Worked in pink and mauve metal thread, with green thread for the leaves, the result would be charming; but carried out in gold, silver, or aluminium, the effect would be even more artistic.
There are also pansies, forget-me-nots, and marguerites that are always acceptable flowers as ornaments. The latter would look exceptionally pretty on a bandeau made in the style of Fig. I, but for this the measurement should not be less than 12 inches long, and a, bunch of marguerites should be placed at either end.
One word as to the metallic threads. If an absolutely untarnishable thread is required, then aluminium should be chosen. It is obtainable on silk and cotton, and in several sizes.
It is well for the worker to know that t h e bright-surfaced metallic or aluminium threads are mounted on a silk or cotton foundation or core. That with a cotton foundation is quite easy in work, but even more pliable is the thread with a silk foundation. The latter is, of course, the more expensive, costing about 3s. per ounce. The fine makes are especially suitable for florestore work.
It is also well to bear in mind that the threads are made smooth and twisted, the former being the better for fashioning the dainty flowers and leaves, as seen in the illustration.
Fig. 6. How the wings and the body of the butterfly are worked