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WORK DEPARTMENT.

NEEDLE-BOOK IN CANVAS OR BERLIN WOOL.

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This little needle-book cover has a very pretty effect, if worked in the following colors. The ground of the border, which forms the edge, in bright French blue, with the little pattern in white opaque beads; the ground of the inner square in a blue of the same brightness, but two or three shades lighter; the pattern in rich shades of scarlet. The small square in the centre is in shades of gold color; the ends of the four points of the star are in white beads. The pattern down the back is in dark crimson, on a light shade of the same for the ground. The canvas for this little article should be fine, and the beads selected to match, as, if they are

too large, the effect of the work is much injured. When the ornamental part of the work is completed, a cardboard, the proper size, must be cut, over which the canvas must be stretched, and the edges turned over crimson; a silk lining must then be arranged in the inside, and sewed all around the edge; and a cord, either of blue or crimson, must be sewed round the edge to conceal the stitching. Three leaves of white cashmere, worked round with buttonholestitch, or pinked with a pair of scissors, must be laid in the inside, and tied in with a cord, which will complete this useful little article,

BRAIDING PATTERN.

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This border has a very elegant effect worked in two different ways, the first as an insertion, between tucks; the second as a flounce, having the points of the hearts set round with a narrow Valenciennes lace. Ladies who have leisure for the work will find that a flounce thus worked and edged, with the lace set on below the pattern, worked as an insertion, produces a dress of very superior style. The borders of the hearts have all a double line sewn over, leaving a division which is filled in alternately with holes and sewn-over vandyke lines. The flowers and sprigs of leaves in the interiors of each are in cut-out embroidery.

Fasten these wires firmly together, and cut at the ends.

Take yellow zephyr, attach an end to the wires at the hole in the card, pass this worsted round each wire once, back, and round the next, till you make the circle. Make eight rows in this way. Fasten on white worsted by slipping it under one of the yellow rounds, and make six circles of white; then fasten on pale pink, make three rows, then three of a deeper pink, then three still deeper, two again of the second shade, and then two of the lightest. Fasten off the zephyr, take the wire, and bend it to form a bow or cup-like flower, like the engraving.

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the centre. Then sew the petals, as seen in the picture, to the maroon-colored circle. Cover the stem with green zephyr.

them through the base of the flower, attach them to a wire nine inches long; then finish by twisting green zephyr round this wire to form the stem.

Blue or violet may be used instead of pink, if preferred, or the bouquet can contain one of each color.

ANEMONE.

The anemone is formed of four pink petals, exactly alike. These are made in the same way as the yellow ones of the pansy—that is, two inches long and two inches wide at the broadest part.

Fasten to a stem nine inches long three large green pistils. Put the four petals round these pistils, fastening them lightly together. Twist green worsted round the stem.

SPONGE-BAG.

(See engraving, page 331.) Materials.-Crochet cotton, .No. 4; & coarse crochethook, a steel netting-needle, and flat mesh three-quarter inch wide.

This pretty and useful little article is an improvement--as far as ornament is concerned on some used in Germany and Switzerland for holding the sponge. It is to be suspended on a nail above the washstand. The foundation is round, in crochet, the size of a small or medium-sized plate ; and above it is worked a bag or net, in netting, done backwards and forwards so as to leave an opening to put in the sponge. It is gradually decreased, so that

few stitches only are at the top; and these are sewed to a strong band of tape, passed over the nail. A white china plate is slipped in, and rests on the crochet round. It is the most convenient and neatest repository for å sponge.

The Round.— Eight ch, close into a round, and work one sc on each stitch with one chain before it.

2d._* 1 sc under ch, 4 ch, * 8 times in the round.

3d._* 2 sc under ch of 4, 3 ch, 2 more so under same * 8 times.

4th _* 3 tc under ch of 3, 9 ch, * 8 times.

5th._* 6 sc, 7 ch, miss 6, * 8 times; eud with 1 slip-stitch on first of 6 sc.

6th.—* 7 sc, beginning on the second of 6, and doing two in one for the last, which comes on a chain, 7 ch, * 8 times; end with slipstitch,

7th, 8th, and 9th.—Like 6th, increasing one in the number of the chain in the 7th and 9th, and one in the sc in the 8th, always ending with a slip-stitch, and commencing the round on the 2d of the sc stitches. The pattern being repeated 8 times, there will be au increase of 8 in every round.

10th.-Sc, increasing 8 altogether.

11th.—* 4 sc under both sides of the stitch, 14 ch, miss 4, dc on 5th, 2 ch, miss 2, dc, 2 ch, miss 2, dc, 2 ch, miss 2, dc, 1 ch, miss 1 (of the 10th round), 4 more sc as before, * 16 times. This makes as many veins or centres of leaves, round which you work in the next round, thus:

12th._* 4 ch, sc under the first, 2 ch, 4 ch, sc under next, and so on all round the veining,

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The heart of the flower is of a deep maroon color. Make a circle of wire, and pass the maroon worsted across it until it is entirely and smoothly covered; then on the edge of this make small bunches of loops of green worsted, and between these place small yellow pistils. Fasten, out of sight, a stem, by putting four wires at regular distances on the circle which forms the heart, and twisting them together in

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taken up half the stitches; work backwards and forwards closely in sc for an inch and a half; then join to the remaining half of the stitches. This crochet band is used to suspend the net over a nail.

SASH.

but working twice in the loop at the point; 2 slip on centre, 2 sc of the right in last round, between the veins, * 16 times. Fasten off.

13th.—2 sc under the loop at one point; then as many chain, before joining to the next point, as will make the work lie perfectly flat; probably about 15 will suffice. The 2 sc under the next point, and so on all round.

14th.-Sc.

15th.—Dc, * 3 ch, dc in the same stitch, miss 2, dc in the next, * repeat all round; end with 3 ch, dc in same stitch as last dc, slipstitch on next dc, and 2 ch.

16th._* dc, under ch, 4 ch, dc under saine, * repeat this under every chain.

17th.-Sc under ch, * 3 ch, sc under next chain, * all round.

This mat supports the plate. Put a string in the centre, and tie it into a loop, long enough to go over your foot; then work the netted part, doing two stitches under every chain of 3. Work about four inches in honeycomb, going backwards and forwards; then plain netting, decreasing by taking two together every 8th stitch ; in the next row but one, every 7th ; in the next but one every 6th ; and so on, until only about 40 stitches are left, which are either sewed to a piece of broad tape (one-half to each end) or worked on a band of crochet, thus :

Do a row of sc, inserting the hook every time under one stitch of netting, till you have

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This apron is composed of a rich gray chiné moire. It is gored, and has an elaborate velvet plastron down the centre, cut out in diamonds, and trimmed with black lace and buttons.

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