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APPLICATION OF FANCY NEEDLEWORK TO USEFUL PURPOSES.
Lace.—This imitation is used as an elegant finish for carriage bags,
sofa pillows, &c.; and also for ladies’ work bags, to which it is both
ornamental and becoming.
Princess Royal.—This pattern is especially proper for bags or small
Point Stitch, is well adapted for working covers for hassocks, as well
as for bags of a considerable size.
Basket Stitch.—This kind of work is very elegant for flower, fruit, or
work baskets; or any other of an ornamental character.
German Pattern, is well adapted for slippers, as, when worked, it is
found to be very durable, and its appearance peculiarly fits it for this
Embroidery, is of almost universal application: that with chenille is
much used in the ornamental parts of dress, and is productive of a most
pleasing effect. Embroidery in wool is also much in use for the same
Rug Borderings.—These may be considered as articles of domestic
economy; and besides the pleasure which arises from seeing the parlor,
or the side-board, adorned with the elegant productions of a daughter,
or a sister, this kind of work is at all times, when properly executed,
superior, considered merely as work, far superior to any similar
productions emanating from the loom.
Gentlemen’s Waistcoats and Braces.—By being able to perform this kind
of work, it is at all times in the power of the fair sex to offer an
elegant present to a father, husband, or brother, and thus to increase
the hallowed pleasures of the domestic circle. This reason is amply
sufficient to induce our lovely countrywomen to cultivate this
department of fancy needlework.
Wire Work.—This is a lovely material for baskets, and various kinds of
Working Figures.—This delightful application of the needle may be
rendered subservient to numerous useful and interesting purposes. By it
the sister arts of painting and design may be materially promoted: the
scenes of former days may be delineated on the historic canvas, or the
portrait of a departed friend may be placed before us, as when blooming
in all the living lustre of angelic loveliness. Let this portion of the
art be especially and assiduously cultivated.
Armorial Bearings.—These are proper for screens, and may be made of a
high moral utility, by exciting in the minds of the young, an ardent
desire to become acquainted with the events of history, and with the
actions and principles of former times.
Mosaic Work, and Perforated Card.—These are used for note books,
ornamental card cases, hand screens, book marks and a variety of other
Braid Work.—The application of this kind of work is well known, and is
so general, that no particular cases need be pointed out.
Applique.—This is very elegant, as employed for table covers, sofas,
chairs, &c.; indeed it always looks pretty, and to whatever it is
applied it has a pleasing effect.
Star Patterns, are proper for sofa cushions, bottle stands, or any piece
of work that is small.
Medallion Pattern.—Where the work is coarse, or large, these may be
introduced with good effect; but especial attention must be paid to a
proper combination of colors and shades.
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