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The connecting threads

place.

for the

weaving of the

bars or bridges are laid in two or four strands,

little

according to the fineness of the thread. outer edge slip

;

carry the thread to the inner medallion, and

the needle, eye

stitch

Begin at the

first,

through a loop

of button-hole

overcast the next one, and carry the thread from

;

there back to the outer edge these two strands

till

;

then weave over and under Oversew one is reached.

the centre

two button-hole loops and lay the threads for the next this, when woven, will finish at the outer edge again. Oversew the stitches until the position for the next bar is reached, and continue till the circle is filled in. The corners are worked similarly with a few added bridges here and there to fill in spaces^ which would otherwise be rather empty. These oval openings and ends might be worked in what is known as Richelieu work, instead of in the manner described. It is rather a quicker

or

bridge

;

method, but not quite so firm, nor are the bars so flat. Method Button-hole the inner edge of the space, also round the edge of the little inside medallion then

—

;

lay three strands of thread as the foundation of the bridges (see Fig. 24) ; button-hole these to the edge and oversew the button-hole stitches of the outer edge until

the thread

When

is

in position for the next strap.

work is finished, the linen under the bars is cut away with a very sharp pair of embroidery

the

carefully scissors.

Run round

the outer edges of the spaces which are

filet or net pattern with two rows of tacking stitch to strengthen, and .button-hole

to be filled in with a

over

this.

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