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formed a central cluster of threads is left between each block, which may afterwards be oversewn with a contrasting colour, or left with the warp thready of the material exposed. A very open and particularly effective insertion for a hem is made by working over two groups of four threads each three or six strands of thread in each Begin exactly as in Fig. 31, at the cluster if preferred. then take in left lower corner, and weave to the centre one more cluster and weave in with it the last one of the as the first of the next, a pretty little pattern

is

;

work to the top slip the thread down to the centre weave over two clusters, adding one of those previously woven with another group continue in this way to the end. By adding a new cluster to the one already in use the threads are pulled further apart, and a wider opening between the groups is the result. With

previous block

;

;

;

;

these few suggestions, the worker will find that she can

arrange and vary these insertions to suit her material

and her own Filet

taste.

Background.

— Small squares, ovals,

circles, or

indeed any shaped space may be filled in with a net or filet background, then darned in with a simple pattern.

The usual way

of opening a square or oval (Plate X.)

is

to button-hole the form round the outside, then turn the

wrong

and cut the horizontal threads at the edge near the button-holing draw and cut again at the opposite side these same threads. The whole a bar of threads of the space is cut and divided up is left between each of the open spaces, always leaving the same number of threads between each three or four, and cut and draw the next three or four. When the

work on

to the

side

;

;

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