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An

Book

Embroidery

quite vertical, being inclined

towards each other in

twos.

A Good

Filling.

—To

the needle out at the top

form the

left

corner

strands and three to the right

;

first ;

stitches, bring

count down over six

insert the needle

and take

a horizontal stitch under six strands to the right. The slanting stitch is now formed by inserting the needle into the hole on the upper line made by the first stitch, and taking a horizontal stitch under six strands to the right on that line the upper one proceed in this way to the end of the space. The next row is worked from right to The thread should be tightened after each stitch left. to increase the open space. Fig. D, Diagonal Filling. This grounding pattern consists of rows of slanting stitches, worked downwards over six strands of material the working thread is taken across from corner to corner of a square, each successive stitch being taken three strands below the a strand of the material forms a mid-rib upper one between the inverted rows. If preferred, these rows might be separated by a line of backstitching, in which case two threads should divide each row of slanting

;

;

;

stitches

;

this gives a clear line for the backstitching.

These backgrounds and darning stitches described above are well suited for working on coarse materials with thick threads as well as with finer ones although the patterns for the majority of workers are too laborious for very fine stuffs, they may be used for small spaces in linen embroidery such as fillings for flowers, or initials. Charming open groundings may be worked without removing the threads of the foundation material, but by

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