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Mother will not want all of the sewing-room conveniences shown in this chapter; in fact, she could not very well use all of them because several are designed for a similar purpose. But let her choose from among the articles those that she likes best, and make them for her as your time permits. Some of the articles can be made up for Christmas gifts, some you may find an opportunity to sell. For the most part, the articles are inexpensively made; several require nothing but materials that can be picked up at home.

The Fancy-Work Frame shown in Fig. 136 hangs upon the wall. A couple of nails or hooks can be fastened securely in the wall to support it. When not in use, the drop-front is hooked up out of the way, and the contents thus made proof against dust.

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Fig. 136. - A Fancy-Work Frame

With the frame hooked together in this way, it can be carried conveniently, if it is desired to use it in another room or on the porch.

Fig. 137 shows the construction of the framework, with dimensions of all the parts. You will note that the front and back portions are identical, except that the back has an additional strip (C), fastened between end strips B midway between strips A. Hinge the front and back together as shown, then cover all surfaces of the strips with cretonne, fasten a piece of cretonne over the back of the standing part of the frame, and over the front of the hinged part, and form three cretonne pockets in the places indicated. Drive nails into the upper edge of strip C for

Spool-Spindles, provide a hook for scissors, screw a pair of screw-eyes into the top of the back frame for hangers,

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Fig. 137. - Detail of Framework and fasten a pair of hooks to the hinged front, for hooking it to the standing part. Tack the ends of a pair of heavy tapes to the hinged front and the standing part, to support the front when it has been opened.

The Sewing-Stand (Fig. 138) is a manual-training problem well adapted both to home and school work.

Four legs of the dimensions of A (Fig. 139), eight carpenter's dowel-sticks of the dimensions of B (Fig. 140), and four pegs of the length of C (Fig. 139), are the only pieces of wood required. For covering material, a square yard of cloth is needed.

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Fig. 138. - Sewing-Stand

For the legs, it is suggested that you use oak, chestnut, ash, pine, or cypress. For the round sticks, use oak or maple dowel-sticks. It does not matter whether the sticks are of the same wood as the legs or not, because they are to be concealed by the cloth covering of the sides. If you buy material at a mill for the legs, order an 8-foot piece 1 1/4 inches square, surfaced four sides.

Figure 139 shows a cross-section of the sewing-stand. Bevel the top of legs A, as shown, bore a pair of 1/4-inch holes, 1/2 inch deep, in two adjoining sides of each leg, to receive the ends of connecting dowel-sticks B (Fig. 140), and bore a 1/4-inch hole 1/2 inch deep in the top of each leg to receive the end of the spool spindle C. The holes must be bored accurately, otherwise it will be impossible to set up the framework square and plumb.

Assembling. With the parts prepared, and sandpapered smooth, coat the ends of dowel-sticks B with glue, and drive them into the holes in legs A. Also coat the lower

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Fig. 139. - Cross-Section of Framework of Sewing-Stand

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Fig. 140. - Details of Legs and Connecting Dowel-Sticks end of the spool-spindle pegs C with glue, and drive them into the holes in the tops of the legs.

The Woodwork Must Be Finished before the covering material is put on. It is suggested that you either stain the wood and then wax it, or that you white-enamel it.