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Construction and Design household use). It would be best, as simplicity must be the keynote, to have a marginal or border design, built up entirely on straight lines and geometrical forms. First plan out the material and arrange for the decoration ; decide whether the pattern is to be placed on to a wide hem, or inside a narrow one, or whether it is to be applied as wide bars at the ends and edges of the runner.

The

limited space at the disposal of the designer will

often aid

and suggest the pattern.

The decoration should, when possible, strengthen the Be careful at all times to place it where

construction. it

A

not interfere with the usefulness of the object.

will

cushion,

for

example,

ornamented with raised em-

broidery or with large beads, conveys the idea of dis-

comfort rather than of comfort, which raison d'etre of a cushion, the

by means

of

is,

addition

after

to

a

all,

the

room,

colour and decoration, being a secondary

point.

In the early days, when decoration was so freely applied by primitive peoples to seams, hems, shoulderstraps, indeed to all objects,

it

was

their

aim to increase

the usefulness of the article rather than to decorate

A

Border Pattern.

—When

points have been decided, take squared paper, ruler, pencil,

and draw a few nicely spaced

lines

the outer ones to give weight to the edges. crossing at the corners will form the design.

work

it.

above-mentioned

the

;

and

duplicate

All these lines

framework

of the

Regularity and order are as essential in needle-

as in

most

crafts, therefore the care

and precision

taken in the earlier stages will aid in the working of the later.

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