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Embroidery

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in various forms, geometric or otherwise, repair a worn surface, work diaper patterns, or attach metal threads

and braids to her embroidery (Plate XVI.). It is a name applied to a method of attaching threads singly or in groups to a foundation by means

Fig. 21.

another thread,

of

Fig. 2ia.

usually

a single one.

Under

all

circumstances this should be finer than the thread or cord sewn down. It is most economical in use as the threads

lie

on the surface

—a

point well worth con-

sideration (Plate III.).

was originally used for the sewing on of gold threads, which were too precious to be wasted, Probably

being

made

it

—naturally

of pure metal

the difficulty of drawing these metal threads through the material would

means of attachment. At any rate, method of sewing on gold threads was in general use over Europe as early as the twelfth century.

lead to the simplest this all

Couching

is

particularly useful as an outline to stitch-

where a weak line requires defining. An irregularly sewn form, whether floral or geometrical, may be much improved, and the colour may also be enhanced, by a firmly couched outline. It is most convenient for ing, especially

sewing down applied work. Primarily it covers the join, is of considerable importance in aiding the colour

and

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