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An

Embroidery Book

The Fifth Point

:

The Stitchery.

We express ourselves and our ideas in embroidery bymeans of stitches and colour. To have pleasure in the craft, the needlewoman must have a fairly accurate knowledge of the technique. Stitchery should at

all

times be as simple as possible,

and carefully adapted to the material and the design. Simpler Types of Stitchery. The commoner types, those which by experience and long use have been proved to be the most beautiful or the most practical, are the best. All the more complicated forms are merely

modifications or combinations of these simple types, many of which are used in " plain " needlework. There

few stitches which a careful worker cannot master in a very short time. Stitchery not the Most Important. It is wise to remember that stitchery is not the most important factor, but only one of the many which go to the making of good and artistic work. Beauty, in needlework, are, in fact,

consists, not in the variation

and elaboration

of stitch,

but in the harmony of material and technique, as well as of form and colour.

Where coloured threads are used it found advantageous to adopt one stitch only. Many of the charming pieces of embroidery stored up in our museums give us an idea of what can be done in this way, and though we lack, perhaps, both time and patience nowadays, there is no reason why we Unity of Stitch.

will often be

should not, by cultivation of our tastes, raise the level of the art considerably

above 24

its

present standard and

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