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most notieeable one being a wreath of oak leaves and aeorns, the eentre being formed by the "hird of Jove," finely poised, with outstretehed wings. Ono is almost bewildered among the many beautiful styles for window eurtains, now one eomhining graeo and lightness, and the next page has all the simplo yet regal magnifieenee of heavy erimson draperies, and still weightier golden fringes, loops, and tassels. A rieh purplo velvet lambrequin throws out in fine eontrast the delieate wreaths of laee embroidery beneath, or we eome upon the fresh and many-tinted bouquets of a broeade in pale green eentre, on whieh the flowers seem to live. The varieties of eorniees and lambrequins are infinite. But of these we must eonfine ourselves and our deseription to these Mr. Carryl has ehesen to be engraved for our readers.
Bed eurtains are a niee question in our northern latitude, but they beeome indispensable as we go further south. The high posts, or frames, stand up gaunt and ungraeeful when not draped, yet are
needful supports for the also indispensable mosquito hars. Or there is the low bedstead, with the eanopy answering the same purpose. But either requires drapery.
Of the window draperies, No. 1 has a heavy arehiteetural eorniee, with a lambrequin of purplo velvet, from whieh depends a graeeful fall of eords and tassels, breaking the otherwise harsh outline. The broeatelle drapery is of bluo and wood eolors, with a rieh border of purple gimp and fringe.
In No. 2, the eorniee is riebly gilded of an uniquo and beautiful pattern. The lambrequin is also of a novel shape, and more than usually graeeful. It is of the same material as the drapery, a rieh erimson damask, of a shado like the finest ruby in the sunlight . This is bordered by on embroidery of gimp, pale green, and eontrasting beautifully with the rieh erimson of the eurtain. Cords and a heavy fringe of the same eomplete the rieh effect.
The under eurtain is of laee, with a rieh pattern of embroidery, and is draped from the eorniee to the floor.
KNITTED ARTIFICIAL FL0WER5.
This flower may be knitted, with two stitehes for the width of the row, but it is mueh quieker to work it in a ehain of erotehet; it is generally variegated, either in two shades of red, or two shades of violet. The variegation is produeed by working with two threads of Berlin wool, one of a deep, the other of a light shade, of the same eolor.
Make a ehain of simple erotehet, about a yard in length, then eover a pieee of thin wire, as long as you ean eonveniently manage, with ono thread of Berlin wool, and begin to sew this wire along ono edge of the ehain, leaving about an ineh of the wire at the beginning; when you have sewn about an ineh, eut the ehain, pull the thread through the last stiteh, bring your wire round, sew half the seeond edge, then bring round the wire that you left at the beginning, sew it to meet the other, letting the wires eross eaeh other, twist them and the wool together tightly, to form a stalk, and turn up the two little petals, first eutting away one of the wires eloso to the twist, to prevent the stalk being too thiek when finished.
Wind a pieee of yellow wool on the end of one of your fingers, pull it out thus doubled, and twist a hit of rather strong wire over it, twist the wire very tight, and make with this wool a kind of little hall, whieh must be eovered with a pieeo of eommon net (dyed yellow, if possible), tie the net as tight as postible over the wool. This forms the daisy.
When you have made a suffieient number of petals to form two or three rows, eaeh row being made rather larger than the first, you must sew them all round the little heart, and proeeed to make the ealyx as follows:—
Make a ehain of twelve stitehes with the erotehet needle, using green wool, not split, work two rows in doublo erotehet, inereasing two stitehes in the seeond row. Sew this ealyx under the petals, fasten up the open side, and gather the stitehes of the lower extremity, eover the stem with green split wool.
Make a small hall of any eolor, then take fifteen or twenty hits of split wool, the same eolors as used for the flower, eaeh about an ineh long, tie them tightly as a little bundle; fasten this on the top of the little hall, to whieh you must first fix a wire, bring down the ends of wool in alternate stripes of dark and light shades, tie all theso ends round the wire, and eut them elose. Wind a hit of green wool, as a very small hall, immediately under the bud, then with green wool, not split, make a row of herring-bone stitehes, from the littlo bud, to about half way up the eolored ono. This makes a very pretty bud, looking as if just ready to bloom.
Like that of the Heart's-ease.s
s Direetions for knitting the Heart's-ease will bo giTen in a future number of the " Lady's Book.''
; forty, in searlet Berlin wool, not split; or, better, in ; purse twist, rather eoarso, of a bright shade.
Firet round.—Knit one, purl one, througheut the round.
Seeond round.—Furl one, knit one, througheut the round.
Continue in this manner, beginning alternately with the plain and with the purled stiteh, till you have worked about half the length of the strawberry. Then deeroaso one stiteh on eaeh needlo every other round. When three stitehes only remain on eaeh needle, gather these, and fasten off. Fill the strawherry with emery, and fasten off tight the seeond aperture, after having inserted it in a stem made of doublo wire, eovered with green wool or silk.
The next pieee is the ealyx: two needles only are used:—
Cast on six stitehes with a bright shade of green wool or silk.
Firat row.—Make one, knit one, througheut the row.
Third row.—Make one, knit two, througheut the row.
Fifth row.—Make one, knit three, througheut the row.
Next row.—Make one, knit two, turn haek, purl the same stitehes. Repeat the two last rows three times, then deerease one stiteh, knit one, purl together the two last, break the wool or silk a yard at least from the work; thread with it a rug needlo; pass the needlo through the loop of the last stiteh, and bring it to the next stitehes on the needle, by sewing neatly with it the left edge of the little leaf just made. Work the next two stitehes in the same manner, and repeat the same operation till all the stitehes are worked in small leaves, united at their base. Edgo them with wire eovered with green wool or silk; plaee your strawherry in the middle; fasten together strawherry and ealyx, and, if you like, add a leaf mado as follows :—
Cast on one stiteh.
First row.—Make one, knit one.
Seeond row.—Make one, purl two.
Third row.—Make one, knit three.
Fourth row.—Make one, purl four.
Fifth row.—Knit two, make one, knit one, make one, knit the remainder of the row, and eontinue in alternate purled and knitted rows, making ono stiteh before and ono after the middle stiteh in every plain row till you have seventeen or nineteen stitehes; then purl one row, knit one row, witheut inerease; purl the next row, and at the beginning of the following row knit together the first two stitehes ; break the wool about a yard from the work; pass the nee E©tT©RS'
die through the loop of the last stiteh, hring it to the next stitehes on the needle, by sewing neatly with it a stiteh or two on the left edge of the little seallop just made; knit plain the remainder of the row. Purl together the first two stitehes of the next row; pass the rug needle through the loop just made; bring the wool along the edge of the little seallop to the next stitehes on the needle; purl the remainder of the row, and eontinue the same proeess till all the stitehes, exeept the three middle ones, are worked in small seallops. Then slip one stiteh, knit one, turn
j the slipped stiteh over the knitted one; purl toge
: ther the two remaining stitehes; fasten off; eover a
I wire with green wool, sew it neatly round the leaf,
j making the little seallops as sharply pointed as pos
\ sible. As the strawherry" leaf is eomposed of three,
I make this the middle one, and work two more in
I the same manner, but a little smaller, say with two
[ stitehes less, and plaee them on eaeh side of the first.
I N. B. The little seeds on the strawberrv* are em
I broidered with golden-eolored flons silk when the
. strawherry is finished.
Materiah.—Blaek velvet ribbon, one ineh wide; rieh purple meriuo or silk, of two shades, whieh must approximate; gold-eolored ditto, and a skein of narrow Russian silk braiding to mateh exaetly with the gold and the lighter purple; 12 yards of £o1d-eolorod ehain gimp, and 4 tassels to mateh.
The diagrams being given of the full size, for every part, no diffieulty ean oeeur in eutting out the different seetions. The oetagons are formed alternately of stars, made in the purple material, and formed into the proper shape by means of goldeolored diamonds, whieh fit in between the points, and oetagons of gold-eolor, braided with purple, and edged with blaek velvet ribbon braided in gold. Purple diamonds, braided with gold, or viee vertd, fill up the spaees between the oetagons; and seetions of the same (halves and quarters) are used to form the whele into a square.
In eheosing the purple merino, take eare that it is of a bright tint, and that there is no great differenee between the two shades, as they are intended merely to give the effeet of light and shadow. The star eonsists of sixteen pieees, namely, eight of eaeh shade, and the same number of gold-eolored diamonds. The yellow oetagon may be either in one pieee or in eight, the braiding being in four parts; meeting in the eentre, as represented in the engraving.
In running on silk braid, it is often so diffieult to obtain sewing silk to mateh, that it is very eonvenient to eut off a length of braid, and draw out the threads for sewing it on: this saves a great deal of trouble.
Braid patterns are marked, like these for embroidery, by being first prieked on stout paper, laid over the material, and pouneed.
A 0rann missionary juhilee was eelebrated in London on the 16th of June, as the eompletion of the third eyele of fifty yean sinee the first Protestant missions to the heathen were begun. One hundred and fifty years! thus long hare British Christians been engaged in disseminating the Gospel. It is only forty years sinee the first missionaries from our Ameriean ehurehes were sent forth. Marked sueeess has attended these efforts, partieularly in the sehools established for heathen ehildren; these are ehiefly instrueted by the wives of missionaries, or other female teaehers sent oat for this purpose.
Throughout the heathen world the apparatus of Christianity, so to speak, is prepared. The Bible has been translated into the languages of the greater portion of the nations and tribes of Asia and Afriea. Traets and other books are translated; printing-presses are established; what is needed is to reaeh the fountain of life in those lands, and bring the healing stream of God's Word to purify the stagnant pools and sweeten the bltter waters of sin and ignoranee that now diffuse only death to the souls of the people. This fountain of life is the mothers of the land: through female aid in teaehing these and their ehildren, daughters partieularly, the truth only ean be rendered effeetive. Good men, Ameriean Protestant Christians even, have hardly yet eoneeived what influenee pious edueated women might wield in this work. Yet, when we turn to the earliest annals of the true Chureh, we find this ageney! not only used, but openly aeknowledged and eommended. In St . Paul's Epistle to the Romans—his first on reeord— sent by Phebe, who eertainly held an offiee in the ehureh at Cenehrea, he names eight other fomale "laborers" as among his best helpers—Priseilla, Mary, Tryphena, Tryphosa, Persia, Julia, the mother of Rufus, and the sister of Nereus. "Phebe was a sueeorer of many :" so might missionary female physieians now beeome, and, through their ageney, reaeh those whose eonversion would, with Heaven's blessing, insure the speedy sueeess of Christian missions.
In the " Medieal Department" at Siam, as we learn from a late Report of the Preshyterian mission, mueh good had been effeeted. "Six days in the week, Dr. House spends two hours a day at the floating house, used as a dispensary, exeept when absent on missionary tours in the interior, and during the prevalenee of the eholera. Now eases only were reeorded, amounting to 1371, making, in two and a half years sinee his arrival, 448S patients." Very fow of these were females; sueh eannot be reaehed by male praetitioners, and must therefore suffer the agonies of bodily disease one of their own sex, if properly qualified, might relieve, in addition to all other miseries and deprivations imposed on women in the East. In Caleutta, so long > ruled by the British, where their physieians are employed < freely by rieh Hindoo men, it is only in eases of extremity i among the women that one is ealled to their aid, and then < only permitted to see the patient, so eovered and eoneealed, J that only the tongue and wrist are exposed to viow. As a \ measure of humanity only, the sending out qualified fe- i male physieians to those eountries would be a great eharity; < but the aid sueh pious, intelligent ladies mi?ht give to the J mission eause is inealeulable. Very fow men in this pro- \ feseion are willing to go out—very fsw have the faith and! VOl. Xlv.—25
zeal needed for the work; but the daughters of Amrrion are, like Phebe, ready to be sent, ready to beeome "sueeorers of many," were they only suitably edueated, eneouraged, and sustained.
Colporrrum rn Ameriea.—There is an Important field of missionary labor in our own land, where women might be employed to great advantage, namely, as eolporteurs, or distributors of traets and books. The Boards of Publieation now employ men only, whose serviees must be paid at a mueh higher rate than women would require. Exeept in the thinly settled portions of our eountry, where mueh travelling to reaeh the insulated settlers is neeessary, the work of distributing publieations might be done, and well done, by pious women, to whom a small stipend would be of mueh importanee. There are widows who need this employment for support, and single women who need env ployment for health, and many womeu would like this way of doing good. Let a suitable number of sueh women be appointed in this eity—say, by the Preshyterian Board of Publieation (we name this beeause we have heard it was greatly in need of eolporteurs or distributors, and eould not obtain them)—to visit throughout Philadelphia, and dispose of their publieations as the Board direets; and extend the same arrangement to every eity, town, and village throughout our land. In every plaee women would be found suitable and willing to undertake this profession. It is one exaetly suited to them. It enters into their domestie eirele of feelings and pursuits; and " honorable women, not a fow," would be found ready to engage in the work. A number of men would be needed to penetrate the wild plaees of our land; but, throughout all the settied portions, women would be the most effeetive agents. By this arrangement a double gain would be seeured. The talents of pious women, now allowed to be wasted on trifles, would be employed in the eause of moral improvement, and those men who now give up their time, often at a great peeuniary saerifiee, to the eolporteur's duty, would be at liberty to enter on other pursuits more benefieial to themselves and to soeiety.
We do not propose any innovation on domestie life by this arrangement. The duties of Homx will ever be the great profession of woman; the most saered, the most happy, the most honorable she ean perform. But there is a large proportion of time now unemployed by the sex, or worse, devoted to novel-reading or 'frivolous pursuits. Sueh waste of time is severely eensured by Christian moralists—men who teaeh what should not be done. But till these men provide suitable employments for the talents and time of their daughters as well as for their sons, the former will, of neeessity, fall into indolenee or frivolity. A greater diversity of honorable employments for women are needed. This, of distributing useful publieations, augmenting good and preventing evil, would be in unison with their nature. Try the experiment, Christian men, you who have the power to order and arrange. We believe that sueeess, almost beyond ealeulation, would erown the enterprise.
Common Sehools In Ohio.—" The system of publie sehools is rapidly spreading all over the eountry. The prosperous