The vase also looks charming when filled with violets and snowdrops. The embroi-deress must arrange her transparent fabric over the design; Chine silk, Japanese silk, chiffon, gauze, or Persian lawn are admirable. The vase is again traced first of all upon the material. Remove the fabric, and place it over a violet so that the stems rest naturally in the vase, as shown in the illustration.
Remove the fabric and place it over a snowdrop, and trace it like the violet so that the stem rests in the vase. Repeat these methods, arranging your fabric at an angle which will permit of violets and snowdrops with their leaves being traced in an artistic manner to fill the vase. Outline the vase in the darkest shade of Wedgwood blue.
The design on the vase is worked in open chain stitch. The violets are embroidered in violet mallard floss, using satin stitch. The centre of the flower is worked in a deep shads of yellow silk. The snowdrops are worked solidly in white mallard floss; and some of the petals have a touch of black, which is effective. The stems and leaves are worked in soft greens.
Beautiful splashers could also be made from the design-sheets, with the flowers traced on to the fabric to look as if they were growing.
Small spring flowers would also add greatly to the beauty of a filmy blouse of muslin or chiffon. Indeed, spring flower embroidery will beautify many articles, both for the home and for personal wear, with the greatest success.
Snowdrops and violets make a delicate and harmonious filling for a vase design. The flowers should be worked in their natural colours, the vase in Wedgwood blue
A dainty muff and stole for a child can be worked quickly in white
A flap, finished with a silk frill, is arranged to hang loosely over the front of the muff. -Work loosely throughout with a No. 5 bone crochet-hook. Commence with 31 chain
(measuring 9 inches).
I si row. 1 treble in the 2nd chain from hook,
I treble in every other chain, 2 chain. Turn. After each treble draw the loop on hook well through before commencing the next stitch, so as to form a space between each treble.
2nd row. 1 treble in 1st space, 1 treble in each space, making 15 spaces in all, 2 chain to turn.
Repeat the 2nd row 2 2 times.
1st row. The Flap is now commenced by working 1 chain, and 2 double crochet in each space of previous row (30 stitches), 1 chain. Turn.
2nd row. 1 double crochet in each double crochet of 1st row, always taking up the two top strands of each stitch, 1 chain. Turn. 3rd row. Miss 1 double crochet, 1 double crochet in each of the following double crochet, except at the end of the row. when a decrease is formed by drawing a loop through each of the last two stitches, putting the wool over the hook and drawing it through the 3 loops on the h o o k - a 11 the decreasing is worked in this manner - 1 chain. Turn.
4th row. Same as last row.
5th row. Miss 1 double crochet, draw a loop through each of the next 2 double crochet, put wool over hook, and draw it through the 3 loops on the hook; 1 double crochet in each of the next 20 stitches. Draw a loop through each of the last 3 stitches, put the wool over the hook, and draw it through the 4 loops on the hook, 1 chain. Turn.
6th row. 1 double crochet in each stitch of previous row, 1 chain. Turn.
A dainty muff for a child. It is worked in white wool, with a frilled flap, and lined with pale blue satin
7th row. Same as 5th row.
8th row. Same as 6th row.
Repeat the 3rd and 6th rows alternately until the flap is decreased to 4 1/2 inches at the bottom, and is about 5 1/2 inches deep.
The muff is lined with soft pale blue satin, which it will be found easier to attach all round before joining up the muff.
No padding is used, as the wool in itself is sufficient to give the necessary warmth; but if it is desired to make the muff warmer, lay a piece of cotton-wool between two pieces of lining, instead of one side only. This is necessary on account of the openwork design.
After the lining is fixed, sew the muff into shape under the flap, allowing this to hang loosely in front.
A frill is then attached under the flap, made from two yards of very soft pale blue merv ribbon, about six inches wide. Ten rows of running threads are put in at equal distances apart, the first one of which commences three-quarters of an inch from the edge, the last row being run in the edge of the ribbon.
The gathering threads are drawn up to form a semicircle, the ends safely fastened off, and the ends of the ribbon neatly hemmed. The frill is then caught on to the flap with light stitches.
Narrow satin ribbon to match is used to suspend the muff, and is tied in pretty bows and rosettes, as shown in the illustration.