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Button-hole two firm

lines of

and

Border

button-holing

Stitches form

of course,

will,

the outer edges.

Double Button-hole

(Fig.

12b).

—Double

button-

holing has two rows of button stitch

(Fig.

I2b).

must have the so as

row

The

first

stitches spaced

to allow of the second

of stitches dovetailing into

those of the

first.

Fig.

i2B.

This variety

can be applied very successfully to braid or galoons, in which cases the stitches need not reach to the opposite side as in Fig. 12b.

—

Leaves in Button -hole Stitch. A very good method of filling leaves is to work them in two rows of buttonback to back, the firm central line forming the mid-rib of the leaf and the rather broken outer line

holing,

Small flowers,

suggesting the serration of the edges. flower centres

way

and

(Plate XIII.).

The heading

worked

in this

of the stitch forms the

An old-fashioned,

but quaint variety of groundto be seen on some of the earlier samples con-

outline. filling

berries are frequently

sisted of successive

rows of these

little

eyelet

by a stiletto at regular intervals each hole was then button-holed or overcast round. The stitches.

The material was

first

pierced

;

insertion of the needle into a

I

Fig. 13.

common

centre

formed an opening which gave a lighter effect to the background. Decorative Back Stitch (Fig. 13).—This figure is simply back stitch. To be effective and to make room for the interlacing thread, 61

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