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An It

is

be met

frequently to

embroideries, particularly

century.

It

Book

Embroidery

with in the early English

of the seventeenth one of those adaptable stitches which

is

those

are so helpful for the decoration of

borders,

fillings,

has therefore always been much used by embroiderers. To work Fig. 18. This figure hardly needs descripleaves, flowers

;

it

—

merely a long stitch tacked down. Begin on the left of the space to be filled insert the needle on the right edge and bring it up in the centre take a small stitch over the stretched thread to fix it down and bring the needle out at the left edge again, just below the first stitch. If the thread is stretched loosely across as in tion, being

;

;

the V-shaped portion of the braid collar, Plate IX., a

broad and effective means of

filling

narrow spaces or

tacking a braid in position can be obtained with of time

and

economy

material.

To work Fern or Fish-bone

Stitch (Fig. 19).—

This stitch, somewhat similar in form, also makes a good

border line or even a Plate

XL, where In

filling, if

worked

in rows, see Fig.

D,

a centre line of material gives the rib.

19 the

Fig.

stitches

meet

the

in

centre and have a definite central rib-

A central

line

material

before

should be marked on the starting

to

work

it.

Bring the thread out at the left take a slanting stitch towards the centre and ;

insert the needle just

bring

Fig.

19.

beyond the

out at the opposite edge

line

take another slanting stitch and insert just beyond the line again. This slight overit

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