The Lady's Album of Fancy Work for 1850 eBook

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Fancy needlework.

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1.  Front for lady’s cabinet.

Materials—­Black satin; six shades of crimson, five shades of yellow, three shades of puce, two shades of scarlet, three shades of yellow-greens, three shades of blue-greens, and two shades of brown embroidery silk, or of chenille.

Draw the design upon the satin, frame the work, and work in embroidery-stitch.  The rose-leaves with the yellow-greens, the leaves of thistles with the blue-greens, the stems with brown, the thistle and bud of thistle with the shades of puce, working the centre of the former with the shades of scarlet.

Work the rose on the right hand of thistle with the four darkest shades of crimson, and that on the left and the buds with the four lightest shades.  Work the remaining rose with the yellow shades.  Work the designs for corners in a similar manner, shading according to the taste of the worker.

The above design is adapted for the front or door of a small rosewood or an inlaid ebony cabinet, suitable for a lady’s boudoir or dressing-room.  It looks well if worked upon white instead of black satin; and if the former is used, it is advisable to have plate-glass as a protection to the needlework.

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[Illustration:  No. 1.  Front for lady’s cabinet.]

[Illustration:  No. 2 Cover for Cake-basket.]

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2.  Cover for Cake-basket.

Materials—­Raworth’s crochet-thread No. 40, darning-cotton No. 12, meshes Nos. 4 and 9, cornucopia gauge.

With the crochet-thread make a foundation by netting 33 loops on the large mesh, join and net 6 rounds on mesh No. 9, then on mesh No. 4 net 4 loops in one, missing every alternate loop; net 7 rounds on mesh No. 9, then on the large mesh net 4 loops in one, missing, as before, every alternate loop; net 15 rounds on the small mesh, net 4 loops in every alternate loop on the large mesh, then net 24 rounds on mesh No. 9; (a) net 24 loops, then net back, leaving the last of the 24 loops:  continue netting these loops to and fro, decreasing one loop at the end of each row by leaving the last loop, and net until but one loop remains; repeat from (a) all round.  This forms the scalloped edge.

With the cotton embroider the pattern in darning-stitch, as given in illustration.

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