straps on either side are
green crosses in the centre
in bright blue with blue-
the chequered squares in
and blue are enclosed by emerald green bands in The background of the central panel is satin stitch. chequers worked in of blue tussore and light bluish-green tussore
hardly visible in the illustration, are in emerald, while the darning stitch, which forms the little crosses,
in bright blue.
remainder of the background
in square stitch (see Figs.
A fold of
the canvas turned over on to the right side has a frayed
three or four threads are withdrawn
pretty soft effect
this gives a
down over a creamycouching in tussore.
have the appearance of back stitching, but they are sewn in that are in reality couched down interesting method of bygone days, when embroiderers worked much in gold threads. " Point rentre et retire." The surface thread is pulled through and caught underneath by means of another thread which never appears upon the surface at this method has been applied to backgrounds worked all lines
economical in use and very durable. One can well understand the reason of its use, but not the cause of its falling out of use. Probably this was due to the gradual decadence of emin silk, as well as in gold (p. 81).
broidery in this country towards the end of the fourteenth century, or perhaps the then new method of couching in
use at the present day
The wide dark bar
at the end of the