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Ranunculus was formed, but a little smaller, of yellow worsted. In sewing the petals to this centre, allow the heart to be a little in advance of them. Twist the wires at the end of the petals together to form the base of the flower, and let two or three remain nine inches long for the stem. Cover both base and stem with green zephyr.
This flower is formed of four petals, exactly alike. The mould should be two and a half inches wide, and should be a half circle at the top, sloping gradually towards the base, but not to a point. The petals should be of a dark crimson. Thirty rounds of worsted are necessary for each petal. The heart is made thus:
petals round the heart, and cover base and stem with green.
KARCISSUS. The heart of the Narcissus is made like that of the Ranunculus; the pistils are pink and white instead of yellow. The petals are one inch and a half wide, and the wire is covered with rose-colored silk. Make the petals like those
of the Pansy, of white zephyr. Five of these petals form the flower. The base is larger than that of the Ranuncnlus, and the stem of the same length. Cover both with green.
This flower has four petals of white zephyr. The mould should be one inch and a half wide. The veins are in cherry color, and are made like the violet veins in the yellow petals of the
Pansy. The heart is formed by grouping yellow pistils as seen in the engraving, and surrounding them with loops of cherry-colored zephyr. The base is very small, and the stem nine inches long. Cover both with green.
These flowers are not only beautiful when formed into bouquets, but they trim prettily both moss and net-work.
In the spring, the yawning chimney-places, covered with a green net, may be beautifully decorated by wreaths or bouquets of these flowers, the largest in the centre, and the others around them. The varieties are infinite, and vases, baskets, and jars may be filled with them. Small ones are beautiful upon green lampshades. They are easily made, and occupy fingers and taste without becoming tedious.
CARD PURSE, IN EMBROUILLEMENT.
AN ENTIRELY NEW STYLE OP WORK FOR LADIES, FIRST GIVEN IN THE LADY'S BOOK.
VaUHaU.—Three skeins of dark green coarse nur-e silk, two strings of gold beads, twelve small rings, three silk tassels, three-quarter silk cord.
Take a piece of card ten and a half inches by six. Mark on the side which measures six inohes six Squares, the size shown in diagram No. 1, and on the side that measures ten and a half inches. Mark 12 spaces the same size, leave a margin on three sides of a quarter of an inch, rule the whole of the card across, and you will then have, 11 squares; then rule diagonal lines from side to side after the manner shown in the diagram No. 2. On either side of the long way of the card cut a notch at every square. No. 1.
Sew the card up round, folding it over on to the margin which is not notched. Take the purse silk and make a slip noose, and pass it round the two notches marked 1 and 2, pull it tight, and bring the end out at notch 1, and pass it down the perpendicular line to the one marked 13; passing it inside and out again at 24; then up the line to 2, inside and out at 3, and down again to 23, and so on till the whole of the perpendicular lines are covered, with the exception of the line at 14. Then pass the silk along the diagonal line from 14 to 6, pass the silk inside to 7, and across to 13, out at 24, from thence to No. 8, and so on, till you have crossed all the diagonal lines, ending at 15; pass inside and ont at 16, returning across to 4, out at 6, then across to 15; and so on, till the whole of the lines are covered, ending at 17. Then pass it
at the back of 16, in front of 15, to the back of 14. Now pass the silk round the line marked a; take the end of the silk, pass it under ths part which is passed round, and fasten it at 14Then carry the silk down to 6, keeping the thumb pressed upon the silk to keep it in its place, and pass the silk round the line b, fastening as before, and continue to pass the *Hk round and fastening it till the whole of tun lines from a to g are covered.
To form the rosettes, take a piece of silk, on which thread a bead, make a slip-knot, and bring the bead in the centre, leaving the loop and short end ; then pass the needle under the centre of one of the stars where the silk is crossed, 8 times, pass the needle through the loop, holding the short end down, and pull the knot tight; then commence working round by passing the needle round one thread of silk and under the second; then pass it round the second and under the third; repeat this nine times, and fasten off by passing the needle up one of the ribs, but do not cut the silk off close until the purse is taken off the card. The half rosettes which are at the top and bottom of the purse are worked in the same way, only instead of being round are worked backwards and forwards and without a bead. When finished, slip the purse carefully off the card, and take hold of a bead and slip the silk down so as to make the rosettes stand up in little points. When they are all done in this manner, cut off all the ends of silk close, work a row of double crochet at the top, and sew on the rings, draw with quick strings of cord with tassels, and draw up the bottom and sew on a tassel.
The purse will also look very pretty made in black silk with gold beads, and lined with goldcolored silk. The cord and tassels should match.
NETTED HAND SCREENS. Jint»rlnla.—Skeins of blue silk, ten skeins gold thread, a half skein of ciaret nod cerise silk, one and a half yards of blue silk fringe, three yards of fancy cord to match tor. what looks still better, half the quantity of each of two different kinds) Frames, satin, and passementerie bandies. Use a steel mesh, and a flue netting-needle.
small stitch, until there are 30 in each of the six sides, when three or four rounds, without any increase, will probably suffice to fit the frame.
When both the foundations are done, stretch them on B piece of toile ciri, and darn them according to the design in the engraving. The gold thread is used for all those parts which are represented as perfectly white: a line is darned on each side of the close line, so that the radiating bars of the hexagon are double. The open diamonds and small spots are in cerise, and the rest of the pattern in claret.
To make up the screen, cover the frame on both sides with satin, of the same color as the netting, which stretch over one side, and sew it round the edge. Add the fringe and cords, and fasten on the handles with gilt screws. Of course the colors of the screens may be varied to correspond with any style of furniture.
(See engraving, page 434.)
ThESE elegant little articles of taste and perfume furnish one of the most tasteful means that can well be imagined of scenting a lady's drawers of linen, or of dress. They take little space, cannot well be injured in their appearance, are extremely durable, and not at all difficult to manufacture.
The foundation of the sachet is made of two squares of white-sampler canvas: on these the design given in our illustration is to be worked in two sorts of beads—the one transparent white, the other of gold, which ought to be of
the best quality, as the inferior sorts invariably tarnish in a short time. The white are, of course, for the ground, the gold for the pattern. The beads are put on in rows with a single stitch, counting each in our illustration, and requiring all the regularity of marking. When the two squares are thus worked, they must be sewn together with a bead on each stitch, which not only makes ll pretty edge, but also conceals the canvas thread. Before closing the last side, a little cotton wool must be introduced, on which a few drops of essence have been sprinkled. The choice among the various perfumes must rest with the lady worker. Either verbena, or jasmine, are very refined scents, and just now they are also fashionable. Musk is almost imperishable, but as some persons have an objection to its odor, we merely mention without recommending it. Ottar of roses has also the disadvantage of becoming extremely disagreeable in its decline, when its first delirious fragrance has passed away.
The sachet being thus far completed, it only remains to attach the fringe, which consists of a loop of beads carried all round. This fringe may be varied according to taste. It may consist of alternate white and gold beads, of white with a few gold beads introduced into the centre of the loop, or of white with a mixture of turquoise blue, or ruby, or emerald green. Of course we give some preference to the gold, but the others are only of very slight extremes, and yet look extremely well.
These sachets make very pretty presents, and are not great undertakings for young ladies who have a pleasure in making kind offerings to affectionate friends.
Materials.—An oval brown wicker basket; a strip of skj-blue cashmere; a strip of scarlet cashmere; a few pieces of black cloth ; onedozen small shells; four rows of gold beads; some straw trimming; a skein of white purse silk.
There are many ways of trimming and ornamenting work-baskets, but we know of nothing so new and uncommon as the small Venetian shells, which are threaded and secured to the wicker, and which give a very pretty finish to these useful little articles. Any shaped basket may be trimmed like the one shown in our illustration; and any size may be selected, according to the purpose for which the basket is intended. Our model, being of a long shape, is especially adapted for a knitting-basket; but, if fitted with silk pockets for holding reels of cotton, would answer nicely for a work-basket. The trimming before us consists of strips of scarlet and blue cashmere, pinked at the edges, and embroidered in white purse silk. Pieces of black cloth are placed at intervals round the basket, on which the little shells are sewn, ornamented with a row of gold beads. The bottom row of cashmere, which is scarlet, must be embroidered in small dots on each scallop, and then tacked on the basket, ornamenting the top with a straw beading also tacked on, making the large stitches come on the inside of the basket. The tabs of black cloth must now be sewn on at regular distances round the basket, and a shell put on each tab, bordered by a ring of gold beads caught down. The bottom of the
tab on which the shell is placed reaches to the centre of the scarlet cashmere. The upper row of blue cashmere is embroidered and put on in the same manner as the red, and is likewise finished off with a straw bedding. The inside of the basket may be lined as fancy dictates, with quilted or plain silk, either blue or scarlet, and ornamented round the top with a ruche of satin ribbon. A quilted cover with a ruche round it may also be made to cover over the basket, which gives it a neat appearance when it is filled with work, and, besides, keeps the work free from dust.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR KNITTED MITTENS AND CUFFS.
LADIES' MITTENS IN BERLIN WOOl.
Military scarlet, bright apple green, and dark hair brown. In long lengths, if possible. Three pins, 16 or 18. Brown sewing silk. Cast on sixty, sixty-two, to sixty-four stitches, according to size; we will suppose it to be sixty stitches. Cast on sixty stitches in scarlet.
1«( row—Knit across in plain knitting, and in going back knit in open work: that is, by putting the wool forward and taking two stitches together.
2d, 3d, and 4th—Brown. Plain knitting. CM—Green. Knit across in plain, and back in open work, as before. M, 7th, and 6th—Brown. Plain knitting.