Foreword such universal demand for handwork of every kind, and for such household fittings, which tend towards economy
and labour saving
the need is almost most interesting embroideries done during the last few years have been planned and carried out in some of our Scottish schools by untrained workers designs so simple that the workers do not realise that they are designing at all since they draw largely with needle and thread alone, and have little assistance from chalk and other markings. And it is this type of work, usually sewn in coarse yarns and on rough canvas, flannel or homespun, that is perhaps the most happy and most stimulating for a designer of needlework to begin on. The work is so quickly achieved so gallant and bright in colour so utilitarian in purpose and of so little cost in outlay, that it is above all others to be recommended. It needs no experience in stitchery to work in bright wools, if the material is firm and strong, and the writer has pleasant experience of maid-servants and village wives in the north country making admirable rugs, garments, and other embroideries, which command good prices at the Artificers' Guilds and other places where a high artistic standard of design is required. It is only by means of such counter attractions in stimulating leisure crafts, which pay their way as well as give unlimited.
pleasure to the workers, that spirit of restless
we can contend with
excitement and craving for mere plea-
is so marked a sign of the early days of and reconstruction can only come by countering this mischievous tendency in young people by giving them something that gives stimulus to their longing for