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An Useful Hints. of a piece of

This is

may

Embroidery Book

—As

a preliminary to the embroidery

work comes the putting on

of the pattern.

be done in different ways, but whichever

chosen,

it

well

is

to

realise

way

from the outset that

accuracy is essential. All possible care should be taken with the drawing on or tracing of the pattern or design ;

all

warp and the weft

straight lines should follow the

of the

material,

unevenness

when they

causes

are visible

— the

slightest

unnecessary trouble in the after-

working. 'Transferring the Design. in a design for coarse

—As

previously

mentioned,

canvas a geometric pattern

may

be put on with a ruler and a chalk pencil, but as chalk off, it is

necessary to fix

and

rubbed the design, either by running it

gives a thickish blunt line

is

also very easily

round with a needle and thread, or by taking a fine brush and going over the chalk lines with Chinese white or oil paint thinned with turpentine. Another method is to lay a sheet of tracing paper over the design and trace it through clearly and accurately then, following the plan of the little ones in the kindergarten with their embroidery cards, lay the traced design, face up, on a pad of felt, or on two or three folds of woollen material, and prick little holes very closely together, along the ;

lines of the design.

Pouncing.

—A needle or

will serve as a pricker.

downwards on

a fine glass-headed steel pen

Lay

the pricked design face

which has previously been pinned on to a drawing board fix the tracing, and with a soft pad dipped in powdered chalk and charcoal rub lightly across the holes from left to right keep to the material

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