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:

and

Button-hole

Border

quickly worked, and most surface.

comb

It

known

is

stitch, to

of

Stitches

the thread

some needlewomen others as Mexican stitch. to

To work Honeycomb or Mexican

is

on the

as honey-

Stitch.

—To

obtain the best result work the small foundation stitches in

one tone and the interlacing in another.

If

worked on

a material where the warp and weft threads are distinct

the small stitches

may

be kept quite regular without

difficulty,

otherwise

it is

by means

of a ruler

and

mark their position The spacing will vary

better to pencil.

according to the material and the thread used

about an inch should be left between each small stitch for bold effective work, and the second row should alternate with the first. When all are in position, a long thread is taken for the interlacing, which is done in rows. Fasten the thread at the right top corner, and, eye of needle foremost, pass through the first stitch in the top row, ;

half

down

up to the top row again, and so on, as shown in Fig. 14. As the edges are undefined, this stitch requires a good firm outline round it. Table Runner (Plate V) of cream cotton canvas, to the second,

or netting,

is

of a very

open texture it is treated in a is both pleasing to the eye ;

simple direct manner, which

and interesting to the worker. It

by

may

be made of half-a-yard of material, 54 inches The pattern is worked in wools and thick

18 inches.

cottons, in stitchery eminently suited to the loosely-

woven

texture.

Method of working

—Turn over on to the front surface

a single fold of about

1

place to prevent fraying

inch on each side and tack in ;

later

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on these raw edges

will

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