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CHAPTER DARNING STITCHES

IV

—BACKGROUNDS

AND FILLINGS

" The needle's work pleased her, and she graced

it."

There is an infinite variety of pattern to be made with many needlewomen

darning stitches, and fortunately

have

sufficient originality to invent little variations to

suit their

work and

material.

Most

of the patterns

Plate II. are intended to be worked on a loosely

on

woven

foundation where the threads are easily counted, such as

some

of the coarser linens, single thread canvases,

greenhouse shading, and

tammy

cloth for finer work.

These darning patterns are better worked with a blunt needle and a long thread, as it is rather awkward, at times, to join new threads in the middle of a pattern, especially Simple fillings like an openwork one (see Fig. H). these may greatly enhance the effect of a piece of emIt will be seen by referring to Plate II. that they might be worked so as to form quite a number of patterns in straight lines (Fig. A), in waves or chevron

broidery.

pattern (Fig. C), in clusters or stars (Fig. F), in lines of slanting stitches (Fig. D), in groups of squares or chequers (Fig. E), in

work

A little

Vandykes

stitches as Figs. J

(Fig. G), or in

any

of the open-

and L.

Simple Openwork

—Fig.

J is a pretty pattern suitable for a border, for the foot of a Filling.

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