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Fringes

and Tassels

it round the neck two or three times pass the needle through the loop, then up the centre of the head and out at the top here another bead adds to the appearance of the finished

needle with a double thread and wind ;

—the ends serving to attach

tassel

A much

more elaborate

finish

it

may

to the embroidery.

be made by button-

holing the head of the tassel, beginning at the neck and

working in rows towards the top. If the tassel is large enough to admit of it, a crochet-covered top, beginning with a chain and working upwards, is very quickly made long chains ending with beads may finish the lower part effectively. Plate VIII. shows simple tassels made in this way those on Plate I. are rather more elaborate. Needle -made Picots (Fig. 42). This edging requires a good stout thread, linen, twisted silk, wool, or fine string, according to the purpose for which it is required. It may be worked on a braid, a cord, or the edge of the material. There is no great difficulty in the working oi these picots, but

absolute

regularity

loops and knots

in order

is

of

the

essential

to secure this, a

Fig. 42. mesh, or if that is not to hand, a pencil may be used After some practice, to keep the loops uniform in size. the worker will probably dispense with a mesh and u e a pin to keep the loops in place while making the knot. Fasten the Fig. 42 shows the method of working.

which is of the button-hole type, with the thread under the needle thread securely and take the

first stitch,

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