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An

Book

Embroidery

must be regularly worked and uniform well,

when

it

in size, to look

presents a braid-like appearance which

is

most ornamental for underlinen and other purposes. The diagram explains the method of working. Fish-bone Stitch (Fig. 5). Fish-bone stitch is

There are

another of the feather or button-hole type. so

many

variations of those stitches,

which are well known to most needlewomen having been used for the

decoration of underlinen for the last generation or two

—that

only a few

need be mentioned here. Quite

pretty

a

and

uncommon

variety (Fig. 5) is useful for the rilling of leaf forms, as well as for borders. FlG

-

5-

lne stitch appears to be made up two long outer and two short inner ones, but as will be seen by looking carefully at the diagram, there are only two movements. It is worked just as in Fig. 4, from left to right. It is very easily worked on looselywoven material, but where the texture is close, it is simpler and safer to mark four lines on the material for guidance, two outer and two inner, the latter closer

of

together.

To work central lines

the

left

Fig. 5.

—Begin

to

work from one

—the one to the right

outer line and bring

it

;

insert the needle

out on the

left

keeping the working thread under the needle in this

of the

on

inner line, ;

continue

way, working vertically and keeping the

stitches

and equally spaced. The outside stitches may be made still longer and closer than those in the diagram regular

So

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