KNOTS AND BULLION
she rode in coach abroad,
was always knotting thread."
and most useful method
applying threads, cords or braids to materials of various kinds. For filling in forms, circles, or squares it is equal to chain stitch,
and should be worked
forms, whether squares or curves, are better to be com-
menced from the outer edge and worked inwards, order to preserve the shape.
for the outlining of squares or angular
forms where the
to tighten the applied material, whether
threads or braids, in turning the corners. points the threads or braids should
At these and they
sewn down with closer stitchery. Couching is one of the simplest means of decorating velvet, a material always difficult of manipulation, and particularly so for the beginner, on account of the pile, which is apt to cause irregularity in the stitchery. should
(Figs. 21, 21a). This stitch is often frame it is easier to keep the material stretched when working diagonal lines or circles, where much of the stitchery comes on the cross of the material, it is advisable to do so. By means of couching, the embroideress may sharply define an outline, fill