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CHAPTER

III

CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN "

and

A

cunning workman, an embroiderer in blue and in purple

in fine linen."

We

shall

now

discuss the decorative points.

The construction and the building up

may

A

of the pattern

be taken together.

Simple Pattern in Needle -weaving.

—The

sim-

an initial effort should be one which could be executed in needle-weaving such as is illustrated in

plest design for

marked off on the material, there being no necessity to put any design on to paper the weaving may be done in any simple primitive pattern, or from some of the more Plate

I.

Here the spaces

for the decoration are

interesting darning pattern samplers, or

some idea or be more or

it

fanciful invention of the worker.

may

follow

It should

less symmetrical in colour and form, and provided that sufficient thought is taken in arranging the colour scheme and that the technique is good,

the

result

should be both pleasing

(See Chapter V. on

needle-weaving.)

and decorative. Supposing the

material and the colour scheme to have been already decided, and that a loosely woven texture—which demands a simple conventional pattern with bold stitchery and bright colour effects has been chosen (let it be a runner, table cover or any article suitable for

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