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Decorative Flowers and Leaves Braids and thick threads can be taken through to the

by making a hole with a stiletto, or by using a needle and thread. Bring the needle through the hole and pass it round the braid, then pass it back through the same hole and pull the braid through the hole with it in the case of a coarse thread, the needle will make a wrong

side

;

large

enough

In working with

hole.

flax,

note the

direction of the fibre by drawing it through the fingers. The needle should be threaded at the smooth end, so that when the thread is drawn through the material it is not

In working with double wool, cotton, or

roughened. silk,

pass two separate threads through the eye

—both

threads are then running the same way.

Always keep the finished part of the embroidery covered up while working, if possible it keeps it fresher and the threads do not get rubbed. Hot hands discolour the threads, roughened fingers ruffle them. Washing in warm water with the free use of pumice stone will help in both cases. Washing Woollen Embroideries. The soap should be of a good quality and free from alkali, which injures the colours. Flake the soap and dissolve it in boiling water whip it into a lather add cold water until it is of a comfortable heat for the hands, and put the embroidery in. Squeeze and work it gently but on no account rub it until it is clean, then rinse in warm water, and again in cooler water squeeze the water out hang up immediately dry quickly and pin out in the open air, if possible on a board, and iron damp on the wrong side on a folded blanket. White work may be washed in a lather of Lux any soap which does not contain alkali may be used. ;

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Proceed as for coloured work, squeezing the dirt out, not l

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