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after the second pattern stitch of the widening, 3d row. Three c. h., one pattern st. on the work three c. h., one pattern stitch on the next middle one of the next three c. h. in the preceding s. C., and repeat three times from *.

round, three c. h., then for widening at the next

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corner two pattern st. separated by three c. h. on two inches square, and self fringed all around. the middle one of the three c. h. in the next The material is fine écru canvas linen, and the

embroidery is executed in Londondon


stitch in light-blue, dark-blue, and

red. The design is very beautiful, Oondondoogoo HELENA

and lays claim to great antiquity.


BURLAPS RUG. The rage for rugs continues with such undiminished eagerness, that new designs are continually in

vented to supply the demand. A amon MO

very useful style, because it can be cut to fit any space, is made in

the following manner : FIG. 5.—BORDER FOR FIG. 6.

Cut a piece of burlaps of any

size and shape desired. Then select widening, three c. h. One pattern st. on the various shades of alpaca braids, scald and dry middle one of the following three c. h.; repeat them to prevent shrinking, and arrange them tastethree times from *.

fully. The following order produces an excellent 4th'to 29th rows. Work as in the preceding effect : Black, yellow, brown, scarlet, blue, orange, round, increasing the number of pattern st. in each slate, and green. Baste neatly, running each stripe row, and working the eighteenth and twentieth out to the edge, thus making a square of crossed rows in pink wool. Work the lace border for the lines at the corners. Do not put the braids on shawl with white wool in the following manner: | with sewing machine, which gives a drawn appear

ist row. Alternately one s. c. on the middle ance, but whip each edge. one of the next three c. h. in the preceding row, The black braid should be three inches from and five c. h.; at the end one s. I. on the first s. the edge and the others one inch apart. With c. of the row.

heavy wool or yarn, of colors that harmonize well, 2d row. Two s. 1. on the next two st. in the preceding row, * two s. C. separated by four c. h. on the next st., three c. h., six d. c. (double crochet) on the middle one of the next five c. h., three c. h. pass over five st., repeat from *; finally one s. l. on the first s. c. in the row.




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A superb table-cover,
which will well repay the
labor of any one who may
have leisure to devote to
the task, is illustrated in

Figs. 5 and 6.

It is sufficiently large to handsomely cover an make rows of feather-stitching between the rows ordinary (closed) extension-table, being seventy- of braid.

If further ornamentation is desirable, a star may

SCRAP-COVERINGS. be traced in the centre and the outlines followed A new method of utilizing the scraps of silk, with braid.

satin, ribbon, and velvet constantly accumulating in every family has been devised by some clever brain, and is rapidly growing in favor. .

Cut the bits of material into pieces about four inches long and one-eighth or one-quarter of an inch wide, sewing them neatly together after the manner of preparing carpet-rags, crocheting or knitting them together hap-hazard.

Pieces of cloth prepared in the same way, but cut wider and longer, make serviceable rugs for the floor, but the bits of silk and satin form charming coverings for sofa-pillows or brioches. Some very industrious people make pieces large enough for portières. The effect is really pretty and artistic.

HANDKERCHIEF-CASE. New designs for handkerchief-cases are always in demand, and a very elegant one can be made from the following directions:

First secure a square pasteboard box and line it FIG. 7.-WASTE-PAPER BASKET TRIMMED WITH EMBROIDERY.

with white matelasse. Then make a cushion of

the same size, cover it with pale-blue velvet, WASTE-PAPER BASKET TRIMMED WITH EMBROIDERY. border it with a flat row of lace or insertion—if

The pretty basket for waste-paper, illustrated in lace, the edge should be turned toward the centre Fig. 7, is composed of wicker work and cane-rods, which are varnished black. The trimming consists of a strip of bronze-colored silk, nine and a half inches wide, furnished with a stiff lining and ornamented with a binding of olive-colored velvet. Each section of this strip is embroidered alternately with a spray of flowers and leaves and a

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alak monogram, the monogram being placed on the narrow and the spray of flowers on the long sides of the oblong basket. Two sprays of flowers are used, separated by a band of the velvet. They are worked in tent-stitch with filoselle silk in two shades of dark-red. The monogram is edged with gold cord and filled out with dark-red and blue

Bus B 3333 silk. The lining is of blue silk headed with ruches of blue satin ribbon an inch and a half wide. The four corners of the basket are trimmed with bows of blue satin ribbon, and knotted tassels of dark-red and blue silk, as shown by the illustration.

(FIG. 8.—TOWEL WITH DRAWN-WORK AND CROSS-STITCH The strip of olive silk may be embroidered with

EMBROIDERY. a vine passing entirely around the basket, if preferred, or olive felt, with a garland of poppies and of the cushion-and cover the centre with a square corn-flowers executed in Kensington art-work, can of appliqué or antique lace. This cushion is fasbe substituted with excellent effect.

tened upon the top of the box.


Next cover the sides of the box with a puff of ist row. Pass by three st. and work one d. c. velvet; a bias strip about four inches wide is (double crochet) on every following st. shirred twice along each edge and then attached | 2d row. One s. c. (single crochet) on the next to a strip of foundation wide and long enough to st. in the preceding row, * four c. h. (chain-stitch) extend around the sides of the box; the lower one t. c. (treble crochet) on the same st. with the edge is bound half an inch wide and finished with preceding s. c., reserving the uppermost vein on the cord; the joining of the upper edge with the top needle, one t. c. on the following sixth st., workof the box is concealed under pale-blue silk gal- ing off the uppermost vein together with that of loon, dotted with tusts of blue silk. From the the preceding t. c., four c. h. one s. c. on the lower edge of the galloon hang tassels of blue and

20000000000000 white silk or chenille.



EMBROIDERY. A very beautiful design for the elaborate towels now so fashionable for covering towel-racks, even if held too valuable for use, is illustrated in Fig. 8.

The design is worked on linen of medium fineness with dark-blue embroidery cotton (No. 30) and white linen thread (No. 60). Fig. 9 shows an enlarged pattern which can be readily followed. To execute it, alternately rável six threads and leave three threads remaining. Catch every three of the former together and wind the joining thread with the same cotton.

SHIRRED BAG. A pretty method of making the hand-bags now so fashionable is to cut a piece of satin ten inches wide and seventeen inches long, fold it lengthwise down the middle and join it at the sides. The top is turned down an inch and a quarter and run with a shirr, through which satin ribbon is drawn and tied in a bow. For the trimming a strip of satin of a darker shade is cut eighteen inches long and eight and a half wide, but sloped on the sides to a depth of six inches. The sides are then turned down to the depth of an inch, and, leaving

FI. 9.-ENLARGED PATTERN OF FIG. 8. a heading three-quarters of an inch wide, are shirred four times, twice on each side, leaving a same st. with the preceding t. c. ; repeat from * space of half an inch between. A band of em ten times, but instead of the last four c. h. and broidery is then laid between the shirrs, and one s. c. in the row, work one t. c. on the same finished at the ends in points.

st. with the preceding t. c. .

3d row. Nine c. h., one s. c. on the st. with CROCHET WORK-BAG.

which the next two t. c. in the preceding row This pretty bag is worked with white crochet were worked off, * four c. h., one t. c. on the cotton and lined with cherry-colored satin. To same stitch with the preceding s. C., reserving the make the crochet covering, begin with a founda uppermost vein, one t. c. on the st. with which tion of sixty-nine st. (stitches) and work in rows the next two t. c. in the preceding row were back and forth.

worked off, working off the uppermost vein to..

gether with that of the preceding t. c. four c. h. the flap, omit one-half of a pattern figure at each one s. c. on the same st. with the preceding t. c.; end, the last row containing only six pattern repeat from * nine times, then four c. h. one t. c. I figures.

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on the same st. with the preceding s. c. Work Border the bag, with the exception of the foundathirty-one more rows in the same pattern, but in tion st., on which work a row in s. C., with edging the last five of these, to form the sloping sides of worked as follows:

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