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and in the centre of each star, which makes the pattern an open one, provided the working thread is not too thick, in which case it would fill up the at each corner,

hole.

An

equally good background for a firmer material

work

is

two rows, diagonally, one up, one down, number of strands between each star. In this way the material itself is formed into little diamond-shaped panels or lozenges. Fig. G, Wave Pattern. This is one of the more elaborate darning patterns. It makes a more solid filling and takes rather longer to work than some of the others. Many pleasing variations may be formed with darning stitches, where the background weft or warp threads are utilised to form the pattern. Damask Darning. Materials may be repaired by a linen, twill, or damask darn, in which case the weft threads have to be put in first by the worker before the pattern can be woven. Work Fig. C by lifting two weft threads in descending rows and passing over seven after working six rows the pattern is changed by the two weft threads to

stars in

leaving always an equal

—

—

;

being lifted in ascending rows, the last of the descending first of the ascending row. In a twill darn, the pattern of weft threads descends

counting as the all

the time in regular diagonal lines.

It is quite

damask them on a order to see what

worth while copying some

of these

patterns from table napery, and reproducing larger scale in effective designs

bright colours

they are

;

—in

they might well be utilised

as fillings for squares, stools, or cushions.

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