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By Adelaide Byrd
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A Pterroi for Each End
of a 5carf
LITTLE French Pierrot arrives for
Christmas and in plenty of time,
since he is to he merely a child
in outline (except tor those
heaviest black spots) and will take the
shortest possible time in the making.
In fact, if you will look at him care
fully you will see that there is very
little of him to do, so cleverly has he
been suggested by the effective lines of
the designer.
The prayerful Pierrot beside his
candle and Pierrot afraid of the mouse
are intended to be placed one upon each
end of a scarf for the night table in the
nursery, while delighted Pierrot carv
ing his own small turkey belongs in
the center of a round or a square tray
cover. It is highly likely that the night
scarf will be so attractive it will fre
quently see the light of day.
You may count on a second instal
ment of the design next week; and so
that you may plan an entire outfit for
the nursery it is only fair to tell you
in advance that those still to come will
be suitable for a bib and doilies, for a
repeat to put upon towel ends, cur
tain splashers and bureau covers, and
that they may be completed in a short
In order to carry out the general idea
and color scheme of the artist you will
work the heavy black spots indicating
the hair, the pointed shoes, the mouse
and xhe long black stocking in solid
stitch and in black cotton. Also you
will use the black to outline the faces,
hands and features, the stool, the
candlestick and candle, the dish, the
turkey, the knife and fork.
Pierrot's loose clothes, including the
big ruff around Ms neck and his hat,
which lies beside him on the floor,
should be outlined in gray. Now, you
will see that the pompons on his hat
and shoes and on the front of his suit
are streaked, as are also the edge of
"THERE are two ways to apply
* this design to the material
upon which you wish to work it.
If your material is sheer?such
as handkerchief linen, lawn, batiste
and the like?the simplest method
is to lay the material over the de
sign and, with a well-pointed pencil,
draw over each line.
If your material is heavy, secure
a piece of transfer or impression
paper. Lay it, face down, upon this;
then draw over each line of the
paper design with a hard pencil or
T1IE small remembrance 5s frequent
ly more acceptable at the joyous
Christmas season than the elab
orate or the costly Rift. We arc all like
ly to be confronted with a feeling of
hesitancy that cuts us oft in our first
impulse toward the generous gift. There
will always come up tlK'se questions in
jeference to certain gifts and certain
persons--, and It is well when the ques
tion arises to reckon with it. Its fre
quent outcome and solution will be the
small and inexpensive remembrance to
convey a Christmas feeling of good will
to the friend or the acquaintance whom
we desire not to forget, but neither to
"Some yards of Dresden ribbon and
all the lit tie gifts it will make" has been
the yearly answer of one resourceful
After a trip to the shops, where every
available idea is collectea, she turn* and
tuis!<:. sews and shirs, presses and
jiHst< s pieces of the ribbon into a most
??traci!vc assortment of small inexpen
sive gifts, each one representing a pleas
ant effort :in(i a generous spirit.
HrM. t hero Is the ribbon cover for
Trunk and bag taps, which will make of
Them an attractive booklet. Tills should
k<> to the persistent traveler. The two
Jlds of the litt'e book are made of two
? j cardboard tuts, cove red on each
*lde with ribbon and sewed together at
their bindings in a way that will in
cr.ide all t!ie twines belonging to the
tass. and so that th<-y can be pulled
A Satin Vest
THE vest provides that extra touch
of warmth needed by the wearer
of the low-cut coat for the early
winter weather, and is just as neces
sary for added comfort with heavier
coats during coldtr winter days.
The amateur will find all patterns for
the high-cut vest without a collar, or
with a very low straight collar, alto
gether simple to construct. There is a
perfect model made with two fronts,
one back and two underarm pieces, and
another with two fronts and two backs.
Black satin, or. indeed, cold colored,
according to the requirements of the
wearer, may be lined with white or
cream satin, and every seatn should be
turned in toward the other, so that
there is no appearance of unneatness.
Raw edges may be left around the en
tire garment, because a binding: of Inch
wide gilt braid will hold them together,
while it finishes.
Brass buttons close the little garment
down the center, and an exquisitely
put-on design done in gilt braid at the
upper part of each front provides a
l.andsome hand touch.
Should the satin resist the effort to
ward the perfect buttonhole, a gilt cord
,3 1V be fastened to a button on the
right side and slipped over a button on
Uiw left, all the way down the front.
the point of a steel knitting needle.
Upon lifting the pattern and trans
fer paper you will find a neat and
accurate impression of the design
upon your material.
There are two points to observe
in this simple process, if you would
execute it satisfactorily. One is,
see that your material is level?cut
and folded by a thread?and that
your design is placed upon it evenly
at every point.
The second is, when placed accu
rately, secure the design to the ma
out singly from tills interlacing.
There is. secondly, the book of per
fectly pointed English pins covered with
a case of ribbon so folded at the ends
as to at the pin book, which is fastened
in with narrow ribbons as the leaves
of a book are bound in with cord. Lit
tle rosettes of baby ribbon hold the
folded ends in place.
For breastpins the long strip of wide
Dresden ribbon may be worked into a
ease, its selvedges being turned over
delicate blue or while eiderdown. Into
which the pins are to be fastened. A
pocket made by turning up the ribbon
at one end and buttoning it fast will
contain safely certain larger brooches
or Jewels used less frequently.
The metal talcum powder box of a
flattened shape is covered with a strip
of wide ribbon doubled down one side,
round the bottom and up the other side;
ti.Js ribbon Is cut longer than the box
and shirred into a case with a frill ex
tending up eacli side. This also is lln
i<?hed with tiny, delicately colored rib
bons tied into bows at each side of the
SinnII brass sprinkler top.
When the tiniest of silk ribbon bags
is 11r.?t taken in hand its use is hardly
to be imagined, but the looking glass
at the bottom (outside) says "Vanity."
The stiffened round bottom of this
little vanity bag is glued against the
bark of a tiny mirror; Inside is a mini
ature powder-filled disk of chamois?
two disks sewed together with powder
between. The bag draws up wUh tiny
Use for Photographs
WELL mounted is almost
framed. From among the sum
mer's snapshots choose the
rrettiest little water views and land
scapes. bits of forest and Held, of flower
and fern, to carry a touch of nature
along into the winter and Into the room
of bouie elderly friend who may no
longer go about to enjoy the realities.
Trim the edges, color them. If you will,
with the most delicate tints in water
colors, and mount them on a double
card. Two harmonious shades of draw
ing board in gray or sepia will give
the effect of a frame.
The woman who sketches, even in an
Amateur way, and ran convey to paper
the barest impression of a sunset, a
cloud, a tree, a wave. may. from her
own windows, make just the little "post
age stamp" sketches in water colors
that will mount on drawing boards. If
she is a country friend, she may send,
with her greetings, these snatches of
outdoor and the countryside to cheer
the dweller who tires of city life.
Striped Silks
GAY striped silk* In gold color, old
blue, rose pink and pompadour
shading have been utilized for
*ewing and fancy workbags. The stripes
are run round the bag instead of up
and down.
The full top of the bag is shirred into
a round or oval hottom and the upper
finish is an ample heading, drawn to
gether with narrow ribbon velvets,
which are far richer than ribbons.
tenal with thumbtacks or pins so
that they cannot slip during the
Transfer paper comes in white,
black, blue, red and yellow. I ad
vise the use of the lighter colors
when possible, as the black and blue
are so liable to crock.
Do not rest your hand or fingers
upon any part of the design you are
transferring, else the imprint of
hand or fingers will be as distinct
upon the material as the drawn
lines of the design.
A desk file Is made more tlian pre
sentable by having' its round, heavy
lead or metal standard covered with
Dresden ribbon. A round piece is
slipped over the file smoothed down
and drawn into place around the
weight portion. The under side is
laced with a plain backing of silk or
linen glued on. A gold galloon band
edges the round disk, and a few gold
threads wrapped round the lower part
of the file and finished firmly give
the final touch.
Cotton garter elastic sewed into
ic-gulas- sizes will admit of very at
tractive covering of puffed silk.
Strangely enough, a quite wide piece
of ribbon will be none too seneiOMS
to puff over inch-wide elastic, if a
heading be lfft on either side.
For baby, even the wee one, a coat
hanger is always available, and ?h?*
plainest of in**tal may be padded with
cotton and finished with shirred rib
bon, Its hook being wound with nar
row ribbons and two tiny scent bags
hung from either end to give tho
faint orris scent to the little coat.
The oblong fan bag. just for the
preservation of the fan beautiful in
the bureau drawer when not in use.
is one of the very easiest little pres
ents to construct, and, again, tl'e tinv
handkerchief folder. This la?t la
made of a simple folded piece of rib
bon fashioned like a wallet or card
case to hold a few handkerchiefs on
one side and a bit of neckwear on the
other, just for the one-night stay.
The Crepe Tabic Cover
A CHOCOLATE brown In Japanese
crepe from the upholsterer's is
used for hemmed table covem,
etenciled in most effective colors.
On this soft brown & light putty color
is used with a brick red, and the pat
tern one of the simplest of running sten
cil design.
These table covers are made of a
square measured by the width of the
crepe, thirty inches, or else they repre
sent two widths, or even three, overcast
together by hand with silk to match
the crepe and with stitches so fine as
to be unnoticed. The hems, also, are
not conspicuous, an eighth of an Inch
being one of the favorite ideas in hem
measurement, the pressing of hem and
seam being about an almost perfect
smoothness. 0
Blue crepe has been most effectively
used, gray-blue with a decoration of
dull purple and sage green suggesting
the colors of the iris.
White of a creamy tone is stenciled
with pale yellow and brilliant orange
In conventional design.
Four squares of yellow crepe are
joined with narrow gold lace insertion
to form a large table cover, f?ach corner
of the finished t>i?ce being decorated in
long Japanese stitches with gold thread
in a wandering leaf design. The soft
shades and the crepe quality suggest
almost endless possibilities for decora
the dish and th? handles of
knife and fork. These lines
are to be outlined In dull blue,
or even in red, If you prefer
it. The smoke from the can
dle Is to be done In gray,
with #a single strand pulled
from the cotton.
Now, I want to add that
prayerful Pierrot will make
an excellent repeat for the
lower edge of a bedspread, in
which capacity he might be
placed once at each end and
three tlmea along each side
just above the deep hem on
the valance.
I am very fond of Pierrot,
and I hope you will be as
anxious to see other pictures
of him as I am to show them
to you.
A moBt acceptable gift for
the child who Is old enough
to outline is a piece of
needlework, commenced and
ready to proceed with. Pier
rot could not fail to interest
the little girl, and the carry
ing out of a whole set of
nursery hangings would prove
a moat charming occupation
for many days to come.
A Brush of Velvet
FOR the wearer of the silk hat,
whether he be father or grandfa
ther, there may be made by one
of the little ones at home a soft pillow
of plush.
Plush will make a better hat. smoother
than velvet, and whether it be of i-oft
blue, of glaring scarlet, of vivid purple
or merely a quiet gray will depend on
father's taste; on his previous expres
sions as to color. Some men want tiie
brightest, others the dullest tones possi
ble. but few of them want those shades
that lie between.
When finished the plush pad will meas
ure throe inches by six, and it is filled
with cotton to a desirable softness and '
pliability, but not stuffed.
A Pierrot
for the
A Carriage Strap
COVER the baby's carriage strap
with white buckskin, provide a
box of cleanser for the especial
purpose of keeping it immaculate,
and Include a yard and a half of
three-inch white satin ribbon for a
bow to slip througn the buckles on
each side of the strap.
The regular brown leather strap
belonging to baby's carriage is not
beautiful, and the white covering,
sent as a Christmas remembrance to
baby's mother, will be an acceptable
little gift. Unless the buckskin is
stitched into a slip cover and sent
with a new strap, a note should ac
company It suggesting the use. .
A Collar Case
ONE of the most perfect gifts for
a woman?the business friend or
a tailor-made girl?is the collar
bag or case. Two suede leather uibks of
sort gray are stiffened with pasteboard
and laced to a side piece two inches
deep. Both disks and side piece are
punched with round holes, and the
lacers are the same gray suede. The
side piece is decorated with an over
cast lacing along its top edge, and with
in this is tacked a gray silk bag drawn
up with gray ribbons.
One tone of gray; each part a perfect
match to every other; a soft, shadowy
gray, most pleasing among the wild riot
of Christmas color all about us.
AS A GIH' for the old-fashioned
housewife who loves her tab!?
linen, or for the very i;ew-fash
ioned who embroider their ow n beau
tiful centerpieces, there is the linen
covered roll, ope of the most satisfac
tory of presents from one embroiderer
to another.
Provide fii?t a pasteboard mnlllnjr roll
ithey may ?>?? bought at th?? stationer's)
about the length of the diameter of the
centerpiece?the largest centerpiece for
which it^ is likely to be used, rover this
with white cotton wadding carefully
turned in over the ends and lacked fast
tr. the pasteboard. And be sure to omit
the customary sachet; It is not well to
scent table linen.
The roll should next be covered with
white linen cut to fit, with enough
extra material to draw together at each
end and a generous lap along the length
of the pasteboard.
This joint should be scalloped on Its
overlapping side with long shallow
scallops tacked fast so that they will
not curl out of place, and also the linen
should be embroidered with a mono
gram or initial in its center before it
is covered over the roll. The type of
lettering most suitable is old Englisa
or block, in a size varying from 2 to
If the monogram be omitted th* dee
oration substituted may be a tiny
wreath of blossoms round each end of
the roll, in which case the scallops
along the joint should be omitted. To
finish the ends, where the linen is
drawn together, there should be a lin
en-covered button, embroidered, or an
Irish lace rose.
A Baby Gift
A GIFT of boxes for baby. Every
mother whose baby you want to
remember will appreciate a set
of tiny white pasteboard pin boxes,
bound together with ribbon.
First get two, four or six small boxea.
drawer-shaped, and piling them one
tipon another, tie them together with
a three-inch blue or pink satin ribbon.
Its well-tied bow finishing the top. This
will leave the fronts of the drawers
open to view, and over these is to be
pasted (with boiled flour paste, not glue)
just enough turned-in satin ribbon to
cover their fronts. On each drawer i*
Hewed a tiny bow of narrower blue sat
in ribbon to use a? a handle.
Now, the decoration on the broad Hb
bon and on each drawer front Is a
epray of forget-me-nots, either painted
on as a last touch or embroidered on
with rococo ribbon just before the boxes
are put together. Also there is a rich
combination of gold-colored thread with
light blue or yellow ribbon. <!old lace
galloon has been used to bind round
each edge of the wide satin ribbon after
It has been bound round the boxes.
Two Alike
THERE is not one bit of harm in
making several Christmas gifts
after the same model; not scores
of them so that the doing of it coines
back upon the maker witn a sickening
real zation of having turned machine,
but repetition within reason cannot
hurt the giver or recipient.
There are times when a width of silk
will be exactly twice as *ide as the
article requires, as in the case 06 an
opera bag. and when the other half
width of rich siik would he wasted.
By the exercise of a little ingenuity new
decorations may be applied <,r the first
idea expanded so that the gilts may
still be personal and acceptable, thus
saving the feeling of the maker, while
satisfactory use is made of ull materials
left over.
Green Velvet Belt
A TOUCH of quick ribbon work
for the last-minute gift is sug
gested by a strip of sage green
ribbon velvet (satin-backed), intended
to fce worn as a belt, and embroidered
witn rococo ribbon in a continuous
vine stretching for eighteen inches
alorip the center of the belt and in
design and color a forget-rne-not of
blue with green leaves almost tn?
color of the velvet belting
No fastening is provided, but tne
velvet is left quite long, suggesting
a bow to suit the wearer.
Change' '
at Every Corner
Original Designs
in Darned Work
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by Mrs
For Baby Bun iing
MORE and more are the childreft
receiving consideration from
needleworkers. Fond mothers
and doting relations are giving a por
tion of their time to sewing little
things for' the kiddies, and any new, ef
fective ide?a ar* sure of a welcome.
In the suggestions here given the
working of a background, supplemented ,
by simple outlining, wiakes the picture.
On the bunny doily of cream hem
stitched linen a square 1* marked off for
the plain center. Between this and the
edges are placed adorable rabbits. One
design can be repeated, placing a bunny
over the center square and the one at
the left in the corner. By tills arrange
ment there are two on each side. The
background is filled in by simple darn
ing at'tches of slightly twisted silk. Red
or dark blue is effective. The ears,
eyes and feet are worked in outline.
You have no idea how quickly a set of
these can *be made. It is safe to pre
dict gleeful appreciation from the little
In the same way has the tray cloth
been worked. The change of expression
as you move from corner to corner will
be delightful to the child who is fortu
nate enough to eat from this pretty
sqvare. In outline each figure is the
same, the expression varying with the
eyes and the line of the mouth.
Upon the end of a towel a square has
been drawn and a playful white ele
phant outlined with pencil. Then, verj
carefully, the, rectangular bftekgrou:>il
has been filled in with long, darned-iu
stitches. A few lines complete the ani
mal: If anything Is capable of convert
ing little Willie to frequent ablutions,
this pretty towel will do it.
It is just a hint for you when you are
deciding what to make for th.j children.
Put your work on the background and
the most effective figures wi I com* ui
tho front.

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