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This simple and useful article is made with two covers, one for the top and one for the bottom. The top, alone, is ornamented, either with braiding or embroidery. They can be made of enamelled cloth, velvet, or any other material, and should be pasted on stiff pasteboard. The pasteboard for the bottom should be seven inches every way larger than the top.
Cut out a square of seven inches at each corner of the bottom, in order to allow the sides to turn up. Line both the top and bottom with colored muslin, letting the lining of the bottom extend over on all four sides, the length and width of the top cover, which should be the size in which it is desired to fold the shirt. Fasten two ribbons on each of the long sides, and one on each end. Place the shirts in the box, turn up the sides, put on the cover, tie the ribbons, and you will be ready for your journey.
The purse we are now giving is strong and useful, being iu simple crochet, easily executed by any lady accustomed to the use of the crochet needle. The little tassels may be either formed of the thin large beads, which must be solid, for fear of breakage, or they may be made of silk. If preferred, a class may be substituted for the string, but the purse is complete
in either way. A more handsome effect is produced if two colored silks are employed in the work. Magenta and a rich blue contrast well together, or black and Magenta. The pattern should be in one color, and the ground in the other, the silk being carried through each stitch at the back when not required.
Take sixty-five inches of the darkest worsted, hold the end firmly between the thumb and fore-finger of your left hand, and make circles by winding the worsted round the fingers thus pressed together. When you have made ten circles, being very careful that they lie flat, and not drawn too tightly, lay them upon the table. Thread a needle with the same shade of worsted, and, commencing at the centre, pass it through the circles to the outer edge, being very careful that it passes through the centre of each thread of wool, and takes them exactly as they lie in order; pass the needle back, then out again, six times at regular intervals, drawing the return thread slightly, to form the indentations, and you will find a perfect rose-petal. Make three of these.
Take a bunch of small yellow pistils, about twenty ; fasten these together to a system of wire, which you bend double. This system should be about nine inches long. To form the outside petals, wind the lighter shade of worsted in the same manner as the darker; only, to make the petals larger, wind the worsted round fifteen times instead of ten, and fasten in precisely the same manner as the first, with six indentations. Make four of these.
To form the flower, take one of the darkest petals, fasten it firmly to the wire stem by the foundation of the petal; take the second petal, and fasten it so that it will half cover the first one, and in this order put on all the petals, the darker first, and then the light ones, going round the cluster of pistils in regular order, and allowing each petal to be half covered by the one following.
When all are firmly fastened, press them into shape by shutting the flower for an instant in the hollow of both hands ; then wind the ends of worsted left from each petal round the stem.
Take now a long double thread of light green zephyr, and fasten it to the stem; pass the needle in at the outside of the overlapping petal, near the edge, taking up about four of the circles of worsted; pass it back, to make a loop; then back, to form a second loop. Make such a double loop over each of the overlapping petals, letting the needle go in deeply enough to fasten them down to the petal underneath. Wind the green zephyr at the base of the flower, to conceal the pink already wound there and form the cup, and then wind it round the stem to the end of it.
Procure a mould two and a half inches wide, or, if you prefer, cut one of that width of
smooth card. Take two pieces, twelve inches long, of brass wire, extremely slender, and with it encircle the mould, which should be exactly the form of a half circle on the top, but be cut to a point on the other half, to form the shape of the petal of a pansy. Take violet
zephyr, and wind it smoothly round the wire, to form the edge of the petal; then carry the zephyr lengthwise from one side of the wire to the other, winding it over the wire each time that it passes backwards and forwards, until the mould is covered entirely. Then remove the mould, and twist the wire ends firmly together at the point. Make two of these petals. Then, with a mould only two inches wide, make in precisely the same manner three yellow leaves, one dark and two light, which, before removing the mould, should be veined, by threading a needle with violet wool, and making three lines from the point to about the centre of the petal, diverging with the shape of the petal.
Take a piece of wire, about eighteen inches long, double it, making a loop in the middle, and cover this loop with green zephyr, to form the heart of the flower.
Sew the two violet petals to this heart, in the shape shown in the engraving; then on each side fasten the two light yellow petals, and finally, in the centre of the base of the circle put the dark yellow petal. Bend the outer edge of the three last leaves slightly inwards, to shade them.
Twist the two ends of wire firmly together, to form the stem, and cover them with green zephyr.