It is made in the simplest manner, as befits anything connected with one of the simplest and most human stories ever written, and may be a perpetual reminder of a delightful series of episodes in the life of the most delightful character of modern creation.
Peter Pan's story, like himself, never grows old. The children love him, so also the grown-ups, whose hearts are young but whose bodies are growing old, love him too, for perpetual youth is very attractive.
For this reason we dare not say that the "Peter Pan" tablecloth is especially delightful for a schoolroom tea-table, because in the drawing-room there will be just as hearty a welcome for Wendy in the corner beckoning to Peter, who stands forlorn from the loss of his shadow.
In a girl's bedroom a dressing-table cover would be charming, with the crocodile looking so natural that we can almost hear the alarum clock ticking inside him. It would be an equally potent reminder that early rising is a virtue in the bachelor's bedroom, or that of any other adult. In order to show the adven-tures on the Island-come true in needlework, cretonne can be purchased with Peters and Wendys, Captain Hooks, mermaids, and big dog nurses printed all over it on every yard. These figures should be cut out, neatly tacked on to good plain linen, and sewn on with crochet thread in a simple blanket stitch. Then the needle picture is ready for making up into whatever article is desired.
If cretonne so patterned cannot be found, it will be easy to transfer one of the numerous pictures of this delightful play character on to the linen by means of carbon paper, and then go over the lines in stem-stitch with coloured silks or threads.
For a Peter Pan Coilar-case
A practical wearer made for herself a Peter Pan collar-case by covering two pieces of cardboard 18 inches by 12 inches in size. On one side was a piece of blue silk, with a figure of Peter Pan or Wendy applique ; on the other was white silk for the lining. These two pieces were sewn together at one edge, like a large book cover. Elastic bands were stitched to keep it close and flat when closed. Then when a collar, or half a dozen collars, want pressing, they are slipped in, the case is put under some books or a box, and left for a time. The collars after their rest cure come out as good as new.
If the worker is fairly skilled, nothing more delightful could be devised for schoolroom, nursery, or morning-room than a screen on the panels of which were depicted the better known and loved scenes of Mr. Barrie's delightful play. A fourfold screen, if worked on both sides, would be indeed a triumph and a labour of love. If worked upon a material such as coarse canvas, and stretched on a framework of deal, which could be enamelled or painted at home, the cost would be well within the means of all.
A Peter Pan collar-presser has Wendy cut out of cretonne and appliqued with blanket stitch. The case is lined with white silk. The collars slipped inside are pressed into renewed freshness
The children listen for the ticking of the clock which the crocodile has swallowed. They ornament a duchesse mat for a girl's dressing-table
Effective Designs and How to Work Them
Coin pat-terns must have been in-vented for the joy of those who cannot draw correct curves, as well as for those who can but who love to exercise their ingenuity in bending to their own use certain forms of a conventional type which may be used in endless different ways.