The materials required are simple and inexpensive. Silver gauze ribbon in half and quarter inch widths, at 3 1/2d and 1 1/2d. per yard; and net, ninon, satin, or wire as a foundation on which to work.
This charming raised work can be mounted upon any material, no matter how light, as it is all made up separately, and sewn on to the foundation.
The spray shown in the illustration is made of one yard of the wider ribbon and one of the narrower width, the foundation being a fine muslin.
Twist the ribbon tightly for the length you need for the main stem, and attach it at one end to the foundation. Sew down tly the whole length, working in this case from the back. The leaves and roses are made separately.
For a leaf, take one and a half inches of ribbon, cut it off, fold it across the width, so that it is now three-quarters of an inch long, and with white cotton sew or whip the two edges together from the raw edge up to the double tip. Run your needle back again, and draw it up slightly. Open it out without breaking off the cotton, and shape it into a leaf with the fingers. The gathers make pretty little veins. Draw the edges together, and twist it into a little stalk, cut the cotton, and the leaf is formed.
Make as many of these leaves as needed, with some slight variety as to size, using smaller ones at the top of the spray and larger ones below.
For the roses take a piece of ribbon about three inches long, and in the case of the wide ribbon double it lengthwise, and whip the whole length of it, taking the edges together. Draw it up, and form it into a rose, stitching it securely through. It is best to group the roses, and place the leaves alternately on either side of the stem. The branching stem, leaves, and flowers are worked in the same way as the main stem, but in the narrower ribbon.
The leaves are sewn down with neat stitches up the centre of each and a stitch at the tip of each. The roses are attached in the same way.
It is well to put a rose at the junction or fork of two stems, as it serves to hide a difficult join.
For a fancy dress intended to represent "Winter" or "Frost" this application of "frost" embroidery could be elaborated in conjunction with crystal beads and bugles. A few beads lightly attached to the silver flowers by a spot of gum would give the sparkling effect of frost, or a sprinkling of the glittering powder sold for the purpose would be another means for the same end.
An evening dress with "hoar frost" embroidery flowers, and a lightly arranged spray in front
Nor need these glinting flowers be necessarily posed on white. Pale blue, pink, and eau-de-nil are shades that would enhance their delicate effect. A bodice spray would look charming on an evening dress in any of these shades. Such a spray could be mounted on wire, with a number of branches, to be arranged as required.
Another practical and charming variety of this work can be made up on a piece of fine hat wire, and used a spray for the hair or hat. Instead of twisting the ribbon and attaching it to a material, twist it tightly round a piece of white-covered hat wire of the length needed, and bend it into the shape you require for the spray or wreath.
Each leaf and flower is made complete as before, and sewn by their little stalks on to the ribbon round the hat wire.
For a hat, a motif made on the wire, twisted into a circle, a diamond shape, or an oval, would be practical suggestions.
The application of this charming work has been considered chiefly in this article as an adornment for dress. There are, however, almost endless ways in which it might be adapted as a decoration for fancy articles for gifts or trifles for bazaars.
A set of sachets for gloves, handkerchiefs and veils, covered in white or a pale shade of satin, would be exquisite embroidered with a hoar frost floral spray, and finished off with silk or silver cord.
A floral spray in "hoarfrost" embroidery. Dainty and light, such a spray can be worn in the hair or as a corsage ornament