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Construction and Design one ; it should be planned and balanced to look as if it just belonged to it. A design is well balanced when the elements are so adjusted that they are neither too monotonous by over repetition nor confused by too order to

much

fill

variation.

Diagonal Lines.

—

It is safer at the earlier stages to

avoid diagonal

lines, or

several reasons

:

be avoided

if

forms made up of such

they give a

lines, for

which should

restless effect

possible, they present to the embroideress

considerable difficulty of manipulation

—coming, as they

must, on the bias of the material, which

may

easily be

tightened, puckered or pulled out of shape in the working

by the inexperienced hand. The Game of Design. There

—

the possible patterns which

may

is

really

no limit to

be built up on straight

and geometrical forms. The needlewoman has only and squared paper in order to discover that she may, after some little practice, make most elaborate designs with interesting results. There are, of course, certain fundamental principles which will help her, but they are not many, and with the suggestions lines

to try with a ruler, pencil

already given she should be able to arrange designs suitable for her

own

use.

It

pleasant occupation for the younger hold, on a winter's evening, to start

A

many simple

might be quite a

members of a houseand play at design.

time limit, perhaps a quarter of an hour for the

and a longer period elaborate, might be given

effort,

as the patterns

first

became more

afterwards all the designs ; be exchanged, compared, criticised, and then could judged by an older member. In this way a " habit of pattern

making might be 21

cultivated.

Many

of the

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