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Drawn-Thread and White Work The tion. skill

art

and

Some

craft has passed

from generation to genera-

by the exquisite with which the work is executed, others by the multinations are distinguished

of colours the patterns predominating are mostly of the geometrical type. Some of the sixteenth and seventeenth-century Italian drawn work [punto

plicity

;

which the weft or warp threads were removed punto tagliato (cut work), in which both the weft and warp threads were cut away, leaving only connecting bars of the linen, are inspiring to the needlewoman of tirato), in

;

leisure.

From

these embroidered

and needle-point

and cut-linen works

reticella

laces arose.

Hedebo Embroidery. The embroidery done by the peasantry of Denmark is worked almost entirely in button-hole stitch, on a firm linen ground, and with a coarse linen thread.

(The Danish women always wear a when they are working on the

shield of metal

little

second joint of the

little finger

to protect

it

—the constant

would be apt to cut the finger otherwise.) is an exceedingly durable type of embroidery or and is simple for it partakes of the nature of both

friction It

lace

to work.

The

designs are mostly of the geometrical

worked form borders, corners, By combining other or centres for table and bed linen. embroidery stitches with the button-hole stitch many charming pieces of work might be produced without much difficulty. Many of the Danish peasantry earn their livelihood by means of this beautiful work. type, consisting of squares, circles, ovals, etc.,

in button-hole stitch, arranged to

Plate

XIV.

illustrates the corner for a panel for a

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