Velvet ribbon is a good-natured witch, for it will suggest a certain beauty to that which has hitherto been regarded as possessing little charm. One has only to look at old pictures to realise that the fascinating belles of the past knew the value of a black velvet throat-band. We see a woman with powdered hair, a dimple, and sweet, scarlet smiling lips ; the eye wanders to the beautiful rounded neck, and then to the gracious figure - and to that little circle of black velvet around the throat which intensifies the whiteness of the skin.
Delicate embroidery seems particularly pleasing on these little velvet bands. Measure the size of the throat, and trace a design on to the velvet in Chinese white. It can be fastened with small hooks and eyes or patent fasteners - these are usually the most successful. A design of buttercups looks quaint, but almost any small flowers are suitable for these rather narrow velvet bands. Work the flowers in satin stitch, either in gold thread or in soft shades of yellow filoselle, with the leaves and stems worked finely in soft shades of green.
The old-world flowers are so often ideal for the embellishment of wristlets and bands for the throat, and of all of them perhaps the moss rose is the most loved. * Sketch a design very lightly in Chinese white on to the velvet ribbon for the throat, the width of the ribbon being left to the discretion of the wearer. Many women could only wear a ribbon half an inch or an inch wide, whilst another could take a ribbon of twice the width. The moss roses are worked in shades of pink in satin stitch. As the rose tapers to the end of the petals the silk should be very pale. This makes the delicacy and subtlety of the flower much more realistic. The leaves, and the trailing mossy leaves of green which encircle the rose, must be worked in satin stitch also. The result should be charming when finished.
A Violet Neckband
Another pretty idea for a velvet neckband is to embroider one with single violets - that is to say, just scatter the little flowers all over the velvet. Choose some pretty shades of mauve filoselle, and embroider the petals of the flower thickly in stem stitch. Beginning in the centre of the flower, work around and around the petal in small stitches until the entire flower is filled in. The flower when finished should have a pretty braidlike appearance. The stems and leaves are worked in exactly the same manner.
Very charming results may be obtained on velvet neckbands by employing chiffon, and making minute flowers of this delightful
For evening wear the velvet neckband is always becoming. It can be embroidered or form the background for a tracery of diamonds and fairylike fabric. Choose some odd bits of chiffon - pale blue, rose, and green. Cut out some minute pieces so that they will fold, for a small flower chiffon cannot be used singly. Take a very fine needle threaded with silk that exactly matches the chiffon, gather these little pieces of chiffon up into a little flower, and sew it on to the velvet ribbon. Tiny green leaves may be made in the same manner, or artificial foliage of a mossy nature looks well. Place these little flowers at intervals along the velvet ribbon. For the stems there is nothing prettier than gold thread worked in stem stitch, or if it is coarse it may be sewn down with fine gold silk.
Little mauve chiffon flowers fashioned to imitate violets, pale blue to imitate forget-me-nots, pink silk flowers for the moss rose - all may be used to decorate the ribbon velvet.
Japanese almond-blossom, the flowers made of chiffon, look charming on a velvet neckband, the stem worked in brown filoselle, with touches of green. Baby ribbon may also be used to make little roses. It can be bought shaded, and this naturally gives a delightful roselike appearance. The ribbon is drawn through the velvet, and carefully manipulated to form dainty miniature roses. It is pleasing and fascinating work. The leaves and stems may be embroidered in stem stitch in green mallard floss or filoselle. Filoselle seems almost the happier choice for this work, but this detail must be left to the embroideress.
Another method of decorating a neckband is to place at intervals discs of gold thread. These little discs are wonderfully effective for evening wear as they present quite a jewelled appearance, especially if couched with silk to match the gown of the wearer. The gold thread is simply laid down in spiral fashion, and oversewn at regular intervals with filoselle of the desired shade.
Chenille flowers are also effective when embroidered upon the velvet. They are worked in very much the same manner as the ribbon. Choose a centre for the flower, and then work each stitch to this centre, and a pretty little flower may be created. The chenille flowers look pretty when joined together by silver thread, while touches of green filoselle effectively suggest the leaves.
A set of these dainty neckbands make delightful dress accessories. Embroidered to suit any gown, they give a pretty and attractive finish.
And, as every woman knows, it is this matter of finish which tells for or against in the matter of dress. It is a pity, to use a homely proverb, to spoil a good ship for a ha'p'orth of tar, and this is true of the minor details which complete a dress.
Forget -me -nots embroidered on a velvet band are dainty and effective. Tiny violets could be chosen if mauve shadings were preferred
Minute flowers in chiffon are charming on a velvet band for the neck. Leaves and stems can be added in embroidery silks