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An

Book

Embroidery

straps on either side are

woven

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

;

the all

hardly visible in the illustration, are in emerald, while the darning stitch, which forms the little crosses,

background,

Square is

worked

is

in bright blue.

Stitch.

—The

remainder of the background

L

in square stitch (see Figs.

and M).

A fold of

the canvas turned over on to the right side has a frayed

edge

;

three or four threads are withdrawn

pretty soft effect

fawn These

skirt

;

braid,

the fold

with

is

this gives a

down over a creamycouching in tussore.

tacked of

lines

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).

It is

broidery in this country towards the end of the fourteenth century, or perhaps the then new method of couching in

—involved

use at the present day

less

time and

labour.

The wide dark bar

at the end of the

68

work

is

of

dark

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