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with gold thread and pale-blue silk. The designs to have for their little ones. The material is for this embroidery are given in Figs. 3 and 4. white wool, the length seventeen inches and the The middle portion consists of tambour-work in width forty-seven inches. It is knitted in five
separate pieces, that are afterward crocheted together on the right side, leaving a slit six inches long in the middle of the back. Cast on fifty stitches for the front breadth, thirty-six for each
FIG. 4.- EMBROIDERY DESIGN.
side breadth, and forty for the two back breadths.
Knit and seam two stitches alternately for six FIG. 2.-SMALL FANCY TABLE-COVER.
rows, and then transpose the pattern. The lower
border is knitted separately and crocheted to the colored silk. The arabesque pattern can easily skirt. A crochet lace edges the bottom. be copied from the illustration. The fringe is of dark-red zephyr.
SATIN SACHET. Very pretty small covers are also made of a A very pretty sachet of novel design is comsquare of plush, either plain, or ornamented with posed of two square pieces of card-board, seven a spray of painted or embroidered flowers, and inches and a quarter in diameter, joined by a bias finished with a border of satin of some contrasting strip of rose-colored satin five inches and threecolor finished with antique lace.
quarters wide and fifty-six inches long, gathered
on one side and set between the upper and under RUGS.
layers of the satin intended for the covering of Somebody's clever thought has resulted in the the bottom. On the upper edge the strip is manufacture of very pretty rugs for use in bath
folded on the wrong side for a hem a quarter of rooms and chambers, from one of the cheap gray an inch wide, through which rose-colored silk blankets hitherto sold for horse-blankets and iron
cord is run. Cover the card-board lid with a ing-blankets. For this purpose it is cut in half, square piece of rose-colored satin cut bias and bound with red braid or coarse red flannel, and shirred at intervals of half an inch. Finish it trimmed with appliqué figures or a monogram of with a band of pale-blue or white pinked flannel, red flannel. If a more decorative effect is desired, the blanket can be embroidered with coarse wools in sunflowers and reeds, or daisies and
FIG. 3.- EMBROIDERY DESIGN.
grasses. If not sufficiently heavy, the rugs may be made thicker by lining with old carpet or burlaps, or by merely doubling the blanket.
KNITTED PETTICOAT FOR LITTLE GIRLS. embroidered in some pretty design or merely Fig. 5 shows the pattern for a comfortable gar- feather-stitched with a contrasting color, and ment, which many mothers will doubtless be glad | under the outer edge set a box-plaited ruffle of
rose-colored satin ribbon seven-eighths of an inch silk bag with a drawing-string, to hold the wet wide. The lid should be covered with an inter- article, the second is intended for a brush. These lining of perfumed wadding before the shirred satin, embroidery, and plaiting are added. Fasten the back of the lid to the rim.
TRAVELING-CASE. Useful articles should not be left wholly out of
two should extend entirely across the width of the linen. Next above these add two short pockets, one at each end: one to hold soap, the other to contain hair-pins, safetypins, and black and white dress-pins. Between these, narrow loops of bound linen may be fastened for tooth and nail-brushes; and still above, another pocket, extending across the whole width of linen, should be added for a broom, combs, etc. After the pockets have all been made, bind the upper end of the piece that has no pockets, and lay it against the back of the piece with pockets. Bind these two
sight in the desire to make ornamental ones, and few things more useful to travelers could be found than a strong, stout case to hold toilet articles compactly together. This is formed of two pieces of linen crash, each three-quarters of a yard parts together, leaving the upper end open, thus long and three-eighths of a yard wide. Across one, securing one large bag the entire size of the crash, place two large pockets of linen bound with braid. where soiled handkerchiefs, collars, cuffs, stockThe lower one is for a sponge and contains an oil- | ings, etc., can be placed. Sew braids to the upper corners of the case, to tie it firmly when rolled
Slippers seem naturally to suggest their usual
accompaniment, tobacco, and many pretty styles GOLD EMBROIDERY FOR SLIPPERS.
of pouches are made as receptacles for the fragrant Gold embroidery is very rich and beautiful in weed. The materials are various, kid, silk, satin, effect, but difficult to execute by those unskilled velvet, and even chamois-skin being employed in fine needle-work. With the help of the accom- with very charming effect. Embroidery and even panying illustrations, however, any one tolerably painting are not seldom called into requisition for versed in ordinary embroidery can readily work their decoration. the elegant design for slippers given in Fig. 6. A pretty style is composed of five pieces about
The pattern is first drawn on the material, then an eighth of a yard long and two and a half inches the various figures are cut out of card-board. As wide, pointed at the bottom and cut straight the figures in this design are intended to be very across the top. Each of these pieces—which are
of kid-may be embroidered or painted, then sewed firmly together. The satin lining is cut in gores to fit and slipped inside the pouch, after which a satin top is joined on. This has a running near the upper part, through which the drawing-cord is inserted to form a frill and close the pouch. Three tassels are fastened to the point of the pouch by way of finish.
Another more elaborate design has the five parts made of ticking, with gold braid sewed down each blue stripe and an embroidery in fancy stitches with colored silks between. The gores are bound with narrow silk ribbon the color of the top before being sewed together, and the bag is lined with oil-silk to keep the tobacco moist.
Still another variety is composed of chamoisskin. Cut a square bag the size desired, then round off the two lower corners. Embroider on one side an initial or monogram, and on the other a butterfly, flower, or any other design that fancy
may suggest. Face in the top to the depth of an FIG. 7.-INSTRUMENT FOR HOLDING THE GOLD THREAD.
inch and a half, or two inches, and make two run
nings to hold the drawing-cord, which should be much raised, six layers of card-board are required finished with two tiny tassels. This style is much for each. These layers are carefully pasted on liked by gentlemen, who wish to carry their tothe material without covering the traced outlines bacco in their pockets; the other is generally used of the pattern, as they must be kept perfectly for bags to be hung in the room. clear. The gold thread is taken double, a small fork-like instrument, illustrated in Fig. 7, being
HANGING-BASKET. used for holding it. The needle, threaded with a A new way of using the wooden platters in waxed gold-colored silk, is tightly drawn between which grocers send out butter has recently been the gold threads that closely cover the pasteboard invented. They are cut in two and placed with figures, and passed from the upper to the under the curved sides downward. Holes are then bored side of the work, firmly fastening the gold threads opposite each other through the centre of the to the material. Some gold spiral cord, cut in curving bottom, and at each end of the straight small pieces and sewed over the velvet, as shown top. Through these holes ribbons are passed and by the illustration, produces a very rich and glit- tied in a bow, and from the bows at the sides of tering effect.
the top a band of ribbon is passed by which to
suspend the basket. A spray of flowers or some top with strings in a bag, which should be about other pretty ornamental design is painted on the one-third the depth of the lace. side of the basket.
A handsome bag is also made of satin in two colors, dull-red and pale-blue being a pretty combination. A square bag is first made of
dull-red, the ends and top being pale-blue; புற்றம்
shirr the square piece at each end, and the top to form a ruffle, then run another shirring through the middle to drape it gracefully.
The pale-blue satin ends are slightly gathered dil
and sewed on in an ordinary seam, while the top after being sewed to the gathered top of the square bag has a drawing-string inserted to close the top, leaving a standing frill. A ribbon passes over the shirring through the middle of the square red bag, passing on to the top of the pale-blue bag, where it finishes in a bow. If preferred, the square bag can be made of brocaded material, and the top
and sides of plain silk or satin. FIG. 8.-SOFA PILLOW.
WORK BASKET WITH COLORED EMBROIDERY. SOFA-PILLOW.
The beautiful work-basket illustrated in Fig. 9 The design for a sofa pillow, illustrated in Fig. is made of fine white wicker-work, and is four 8, is recommended as excellent for a detachable and a half inches high, twelve and a quarter inches cover, since it can be frequently washed and again long, and eleven inches broad. It is lined with basted on, looking “as good as new," an invalu- wine-colored velvet. The sides and bottom are able quality in articles destined for rooms in con- slightly interlined with wadding, and show the stant use. The foundation is ecru linen, em- filoselle silk embroidered border. A strip of broidered with dark-red crewel-wool. If preferred, yellow congress canvas ornamented with red however, it can be made of cloth or satin, embroidered with filoselle silk. In that case the choice of colors must be left to indi. vidual taste. The color of the lining, cord, and tassels must correspond with that of the embroidery.
HAND-BAGS. The fancy for carrying bags in the hand has led to the invention of a great many designs for these useful and pretty articles.
One, whose effect is very quaint, is made from an oblong piece of greenish-gray straw doubled in half and lined with dark-red or olive-green silk, which forms a puff at each side and is gathered together with silk strings. The straw is then embroidered with
F.v. 9.-WORK-BASKET WITH COLORED EMBROIDERY. crewels, or painted to suit the owner's taste.
Another favorite pattern is made of a strip of stitches and small figures of trees in olive-colored Macramé lace, lined with silk or satin of any crewel edges the border on both sides at the shade that pleases the maker, and drawn up at the bottom. Plaited lace of yellow or gray tint two and a half inches wide and a border two inches blue silk. The cloth stripes are two inches wide deep form the outer trimming. The handle has and twenty-four inches long, and should be em
broidered in a running pattern of leaves and flowers, the leaves green, the flowers tiny pink and white rose-buds. When the embroidery is finished, join the strips, letting the ends project for a distance equal to their width, thus forming points, which, when the cover is closed, are fitted into each other and joined. Having finished the cover, fasten it on a round cushion stuffed with curled hair, and add a cord the length required to suspend it at the height desired. Sew this cord at the ends in iwo or three loops, fastened flatly to the cover to conceal the joining, and
finish with tassels. FIG. 10.--BORDER PATTERN FOR FIG. 9.
TIDY IN CROSS-STITCH EMBROIDERY. two bows of satin ribbon. The pattern of the Fig. 11 shows a tidy of ecru-colored linen with border is given in Fig. 10.
a woven design and self-fringed, such as may be Another pretty wicker-work basket of square purchased at any embroidery store. Each little shape rises to a point on each of its four sides. square has a woven figure in the middle, and is The lining is dull-red satin, with a spray of flowers embroidered with crewel in red and blue alterembroidered or painted on each of the four points. nately. The filling of the ground figures is done Border the lining with a ruche of satin ribbon, with light-green filoselle silk, and the outlines are and sew a dainty little bow at the top of each worked in a darker shade. Fig. 12 gives the patpoint. Fasten double loops of satin ribbon to tern in full size. the lining to hold the thimble, scissors, and other sewing utensils. Trim the upper part of the INFANT'S KNITTED AND CROCHETED BOOT. basket on the outside with dull-red “moss trim Infant's socks are always in demand, and the ming," the shade of the lining; and if the basket has handles, ornament them with tassels.
JAPANESE PARASOL SCRAP-BAG. The bright-hued paper Japanese parasols can be converted into scrap-bags sufficiently strong to hold bits of paper and light material by twisting a bit of fine wire into a ring, catching it to the partly-opened parasol with thread, and fastening a gay ribbon to the handle. The patch of bright color on a dull wall has a very attractive effect.
ROUND PILLOW FOR CHAIR OR COUCH. A round pillow, suspended by a cord and tassels to the back of a large arm-chair, may be made a very ornamental as well as comfortable article; and an extremely pretty design is composed of four embroidered strips, two of light-blue Java canvas, and two of maroon cloth. The canvas
FIG. II.-TIDY IN CROSS-STITCH EMBROIDERY, stripes are each three inches and a quarter wide and twenty-four inches long, and are embroidered readers of the MONTHLY will find those made by in cross-stitch in the Greek key pattern in navy- the following directions exceptionally pretty. The