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Construction and Design

prove that we can still produce embroidery of the modest, reticent type adapted to our own conditions of life, which will reveal both refinement and artistic

delight.

To execute

excellent practice

she would learn varied

work in one stitch would be for the young embroideress, whereby to know and use a stitch in all its She need not fear monotony the

a piece of

aspects.

coloured threads will give sufficient variety.

take the simplest of

all stitches

to begin with

Let her

—the tacking

and keeping it and its many varieties mind when planning out the pattern, she will find that she has many delightful ways of executing it. Tacking or basting stitch, worked in rows, becomes or basting stitch

in her

simple darning, a background stitch with which she

make charming II.

and XII.)

patterns and

Worked

wherewith braids frills

may

fillings,

may

ad libitum. (Plates running stitch,

closer, it is a

be tacked in place (Plate IV.),

gathered up, seams of frocks connected, or smocking

prepared. Finally,

when worked with

the same quantity

on the under and upper surfaces of the material, new dignity, and becomes satin stitch the stitch beloved of the young modern needlewoman, who is generally inspired and stimulated by the wonderful skill and precision of the Eastern needleworkers. White Backgrounds. White backgrounds, when embroidered in white or with only a little colour, may have much greater variation in stitchery; it is a relief to the worker and an improvement to the work indeed, should the embroideress feel so disposed, she has here the opportunity of displaying her knowledge of stitchery of thread

it

attains a

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