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An

Embroidery Book

child's frock, for a

jumper, for table mats, or for any

where a dainty openwork appearance

article

is

wanted.

It consists of straight lines in a vertical overcast stitch,

worked

in rows, from left to right and from right to left. These upright stitches are in groups of two, worked over four threads of the material each row is separated from the other by two strands of the material. To Work Fig. J. Unfortunately the Fig. J does ;

—

not show this is

worked

it

filling

will

to advantage.

When

the pattern

be seen that the intervening strands,

in conjunction with the

open spaces, form tiny

little

which add transparency to the work. A filling more tedious to work, but with a more open appearance, is got by overcasting every stitch on the advancing row, and on the return row working the upper part of each stitch into the lower space of the row above, thus leaving no strands between the stitches or rows. Vandyke Border, Fig. G. This pointed pattern, worked in a single row, makes a good finish for a border or hem. To work as Fig. G, each group requires seven stitches to form it, the shortest covering four threads and the longest twelve the last stitch of each group forms the crosses,

—

;

first

of the next one.

large filling

—

Filling. The size of the groups may vary and small Vandykes may alternate. Another somewhat similar may be made by taking the

Pyramid

stitches horizontally instead of vertically

;

in this

way

groups of little pyramids are formed. Each row should be worked with alternating pyramids. The simplest method is to begin at the top with a short stitch over 30

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