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The San Francisco Sunday Call
RIBBON FANCYWORK FOR NON-EMBROIDERERS A Mother's Need y>(HARLES READE cays that in- I . 6tead of the perpetual preening •V-*' women get about unselfishness, they need continual holding back from self-sacrifice. Is it not true that, as a. rule, wives and mothers neglect themselves far too much? Too often the pleasant room, the appetizing del icacy, the becoming suit, even the ten der care and sympathy in hours of pain, are only hers to give, not to have. Lrlke the mother in "The Schon berg-Cotta Family." "with a delicate appetite; she enjoys nothing so well for herself as bones and einews." How adroit she is in securing the poor po tato and the burned blscultl How quickly the parlor flre Is smothered and the lights extinguished when others no longer need the rooml Who Care ask the menu when the rest are absent? A safe guess Is "tea and crackers," and if of thmt lonesome day Is born a toilet cushion for the guest chamber, or finished slippers for John, or embroidered jacket for Ellen, or fruitcake to keep for company, how content she is! "If she Is happy In doing it,' you ask. "Is not that enough?" No; she should be led to enjoy "the pursuit of happiness" for herself. By eelf-sacrlfice she defeats her own ends, Ftorir.g up anguish instead of joy for her dear ones. MaTiy a good motto have I eeen on the walls of both hall and cottage, but never me to express what a young husband recently said on bringing his bride to the new home: "The first purpose of this house must be your comfort, health and happiness." Washing Handkerchiefs DELICATE handkerchiefs can be done up easily at home, and care ful handling causes them to wear much better. Wet them, rub each gen t'y over with good white soap, and soak In tepid water overnight Squeeze out (do not wring), put them in a small enameled pan, cover with cold water and half a teaspoonful of powdered borax. Boil slowly,' pour into a basin. &tld cold water and squeeze out all soap. Next, immerse them in dear tepid water, rinse about in this; then plunge into cold water tinged with blue. Leave in this for half an hour, squeeze and dip into a slight stiffening (one tea spoonful of cornflour to a cupful of boil- Ing water). . Squeeze and roll carefully each handkerchief in a towel, and Iron with a moderately hot iron. BOWKNOTS FOR EMBROIDERY HOW useful bowknots are every woman -who does much em broidering ' knows. They make charm ing borders, they com* Into play scattered over the ground of various pretty bits of needlework, end no hand made handkerchief Is complete without one. To secure. variety, we give here a few examples of different sorts of. bow knots, which may be traced and used by any reader of this page. To trace. Elm ply. lay oiled or tissue paper over the design and draw with a eharp pointed pencil. Then you can us* this tissue paper pattern aa a tracing model for any work you may wish to do after- Or else pin the paper to the frame of a* -window and draw directly on the fabric in hard pencil by placing It directly upon the design. The light ehinlng through the window will make this possible; a lampshade, etc, will do as well. This can be done, of course, • only with a thin fabric, such as hand kerchief linen. Some of these little bowknots may be with" Initials by placing a WORK FOR THE WOMANLY BRAIN AND HAND Hints About Game NEVER wash game, inside or out; merely wipe It with a cloth wrung out in hot water. 2. Badly shot birds should not be hung long. ' 3. The length of time a bird Is hung must depend on the weather, the state of the bird and Individual taste. 4. Snipe, woodcock and plover should never be "drawn." >"-V: E. Tie the birds, if possible, with string, instead of using ekewers, for the latter make holes through which the juices escape. > '\u25a0*. \u25a0?- 6. Tie a slice of fat bacon over the breast of each bird to keep it from dry ing. 7. Baste all game very thoroughly; otherwise it will become dry and shriv eled. 8. Game, except partridge and pheas ant, is usually liked slightly underdone. This is especially the case with teal and wild duck. 9. Never pour gravy over game, but serve it separately in a hot tureen. 10. The correct accompaniments to all game are bread sauce, fried crumbs, pood prravy and potatoes fried in any fashion. . U:v_ri'-; letter Inside each loop, or In each'half loop where the ends .intersect -. Thu; they are especially good for the initial ing of towels, ; napkins, handkerchiefs, etc- Some, again, are made straight,^ for edges; ; others are drawn obliquely, so as to fit into an odd corner. : ; Over-and-over Is the best stitch to use, though seeding and, even outline stitch are' quite possible. Often a good effect ;is gained |by doing the bowkriot itself 60lid In white or" a color and out lining in black. Other color combina tions will easily suggest themselves. Sometimes the underside of the knot, wheiy'the "ribbon" has turned, can be colored differently from the upper, por tlon,. with'a pretty^ffect. v -?"\u25a0'; . ; Of "course, these are ; not confined to embroiderers. -They 'may be traced in the same way forrstenciling, "for burnt wood, or for any. other sort of decora tion. Or they may ; be Vsim ply copied larger or smaller as' the case may re quire.. .' '-' Each of these little bowknots has its own individuality > and Its own differ ence from the rest;: and 'for ; whatever purpose you may such an orna ment,-.you twill find' one* here' ready to suit you. ' ' .: --.. V. / ; : An Economy WHEN} boilinßlnew -milk, to pre vent a "skin", from' forming on -..-.. the top as '\u25a0: i t : j cool s add two tablespoonfuls of cold', milk -to i every pint when' at the -boiling' point; stir briskly; for. a minute.' : a nd .the; so-called skjnt will be veabsorbed 1 and thef milk will not be impoverished. \u25a0\u25a0- .",' •-pwHOSEJ unfortunates -among us who. I cannot do embroidery never feel < JL our deficiencies' so keenly as Just before the holiday season, when "all gifts are possible to >th« embroiderer's needle and none, it seems, to ours. But let us cheer up; if we will only turn to the ribbon counter for inspiration, there is plenty of work ahead,' for us.- ; Where could you find a prettier'Chrlst mas gift than the bag of Dresden ribbon, for instance? Yet do you Bee.how^slm ply it is made? A strip of wide ribbon, soft silk iii color (to match to piece out the puffed sides,, silk tassels, tiny : silk rosettes and narrow satin ribbon for drawstrings, and there you are ! The turn-over effect at the top' is gained' by gathering .silk and ribbon at' the draw string and continuing the ribbon only two inches further to the end. ; Another adaptation of the same idea is shown in the combination of Dresden ribbon and . satin! • Here the sides 'are 7 shirred tightly in a double row, and the front of the bag Is ornamented by a cluster of satin rosebuds .and a ribbon bow. The rosebuds: are easily made by rolling the . satin and fastening It by a stitch or two; the stems and calyxes .can be bought at a milliner's and the satin buds sewed Into them. For your doll tape measure you -will need at china or celluloid doll head whero the rriouth Is slightly open- or where the teeth can be knocked out without disfig urement. Form the body of satin stuffed with -emery, sachet, or cotton pins, as you desire, and give her a heavily lined Dresden ribbon cloak. The cap is also of Dresden ribbon, shirred or gath ered about the head and ornamented with numerous loops of baby ribbon. A narrow tape measure'; (or, [if preferred, a bolt of ribbon for the corset cover) Is in- " troduced into the head first of all, and the end brought out through the mouth.' If you decide on a tape measure instead of the ; easier but. less permanent roll of ribbon, get a very small one provided with a good spring. Baby's slippers or, in a larger size, boudoir slippers for baby's mamma can be made of/ wide flowered ribbon, the foundation being flexible' cardboard and the lining heavy Bilk. The ribbon Is then shirred elaborately all the way from the instep to the toe; the whole is, next mounted over lambs-w ool soles (which ' may ba purchased at any shoe store), and the backs are formed of plain-colored ribbon folded several. times to give a body, or wired If necessary. Knotted bows of this ribbon, adorn the front and sides of the slippers. , \u25a0 , The heart-shaped handkerchief bag Some Caripet Notes DO YOU know that carpet, ; like an cient Gaul, is i divided into three classes?.; First there is the Jac quard—carpet with ' cut or uncut pile and a .mechanical repeat form" pattern. In | this class ,are. included brussels, wilton. and Ingrain. "Then there is "the enlightening title of non-jacquardJ Ax mlnster and chenille carpets are in this group. . \u25a0; ...\u25a0:\u25a0; \u0084 ; \u25a0 Finally,' there Is the printed \ class, which ; includes fabrics on which the design is printed after weaving. ' ,; -Favor is awarded : to carpets ih the following; order:^Brussels \u25a0 comes .first, followed by wilton, axminster, ingrain, tapestry and, last of all, velvet. \u25a0\u25a0,"- Arranging Flowers T7T ERE are five .golden -rules which |"H , should be N observed by those wtio . _•"\u25a0 often "arrange flowers.' Use plenty of.foliage.s Put your flowers in very lightly., ' Use artistic glasses. 'Da not >put i more ""than , two -: or, *'; at \u25a0 : the most, cth ree I different kinds of flowers in one decoration. Arrange your colors to form, a' bold or, 'better still.' a soft harmony.< The aim ofithe dec orator, slfould' be to show, off the flow ers—not the -vases 'that co'n tain 'them* therefore Jthe simpler; ones are^fa'r pref erable f: to r even -j the most ; - elaborate Glasses -'for \u25a0' a . dinner table : sliould be either white,; a "delicate shade 'of green, or, rose; color," according to the flowers .arranged in them. . , ; ", \u25a0 :': ' : '— — -— — . . ' . r — '' *.v — T^aGleansers BOILED potatoes are .. an excellent \ substitute . soap ,r-whe, r -when 1 - ' the .. hands' have soiled by con tact with i blackened pots and - r>ans Potato i water, should,; besides. be^ceDt for -renovating ssilk..' ; : : -Ke v (/vinegar > iriay be ' used to clean -the i outside ; of copper ; cooking utensils, : \u25a0 care ;• should , , be v taken to avoid; letting any, fal lt on the tin lining ofithe,pan:^To^clean the pan« inside and out, : by-far v . the, best method is to scrub It .; with , soda, -hot -mater*- and soap.. The'* outside ,may then ,be nol ishedwith a rag dipped In vinegar--- * ought to show how much you love its recipient. It , is made by cutting two hearts out of cardboard, one for each side, and gathered around them, after they are covered with flowered ribbon, a bag made of. three widths of the largest size ribbon of the same; pattern. The bag is lined with white cambric before gathering to the cardboard, and is pro vided with baby ribbon drawstrings run through Ivory rings, it Is possible to make the lining adjustable, fastening It SEEN ON THE STREETS THE Inconsistency wlthr- which the average girl dresses is beyond the powers, of understanding. This is to )be found not only- amoifg the girls who are employed, but among girla of leisure , who have . more opportunities and are better able* to wear the strange mixtures they assume for the street. The fault lies In the fact that the aver age girl hot only fails to use common eehse when dressing for. the street, but also loses all sense of good taste and re finement. In brutal English, she makes a , "show" cf | herself, thinking, when people turn' to look at her, that they are admiring her get-up. Nine times out of ten they are thinking how per fectly ridiculous she looks. But if girls will dress according to what they like and what they consider the very thing, regardless of : whether it suits them or whether it Is appropriate for the street, they will continue to be criticised. Day in and day out you will see girls attired in a. medley of garments that in | themselves separately, in the right place and worn at the proper time, would be perfectly lovely, but iWhen worn together make a most awful re sult. "\u25a0 " . The average girl, working or at ease, seems to have gone stark, staring mad over velvet slippers, satin slippers and satin shoes. Now there is nothing uglier on a large foot than a velvet slipper, for the simple reason that, care ful attention not being taken as to the exact cut ; of ttfe . velvet, the material stretches quite ft great deal-both at the heel and front" part of the foot, so that after' a few wearinps the shoe looks tieveral sizes too' wide. Then to wear FOR YOUR CHRISTMAS CARDS OH. NO, it isn't too' early. Wher December tears off the calendai leaf you. can count your days foi working things, and you will find that the time "is very,- very limited. Sc let; us begin now to do the little things that :spell so much in the per- sonal joy of the recipients. The printed visiting card is passing. In its place is the hand-drawn, hand-colored square that Is sent as; a -little" note to friend 3or acquaintances. "I prefer" one "of those ? graceful ; personal cards to an: expensive box \of flowers," said a vvoman when, the best wishes of a little artist ; found * their, way straight to the-heart of her friend. . * ' \u25a0So bring, out some plain correspond- ence cards- or; some white*. note.;pa.per, brushes; and r a sharp lead pencil. Wit" either, tracing/paper.at 5 cents a large sheet., or.l in Heu ,of 'that. : ordinary .tissue paper. If you prefer,- vou- can ufp> wax 'crayons instead of .wafercolnrs. :Here are several .suggestions before by means of invisible hooks and «ye«. so that it can be taken out and washed. Finally, there la the little ribbon bag for baby ribbon to be run through bead- Ing. This is made of a single width of ribbon sewed over an embroidery hoop which does not quite meet, the bag Join ing only where it Is shirred into a nar row hole through which <h« ribbon runs". Fasten the end of the ribbon into- * bow and catch In It an ivory bodkin to ac company your gift. . satin clippers or shoes ' in weather liks this 11 is courting, a sick bed, and aside from that, they are by no manner of means the shoes for the street. A deli cate fabric of this kind cannot stand the- wear and tear that is put to leather; and. candidly, a fine pair of patent leath er or French calf shoes looks a hundred per cent nicer and more ladylike. But the trouble is that so many girls of •mall means, and especially those with & little leisure, make a most strenuous effort to imitate the wealthier class, who have not only their automobiles and carriages as means of travel, but have occasions on which such things ar* worn and at which they are appropriate. The only place for a black satin «Up per is inside of a house, for dances, quiet .at homes, personal wear at home or at any social function; but by no means for general wear on the public highways, and last of all. not in an oflicsr. Can anything be more ridiculous than a girl with a tailored suit, French-heeled satin slippers with fancy rosettes, white gloves, a mara bou scarf that has seen better days and a hat covered with cad looking plumes? Hut she thought she was Just too swell for anything! '^ Then there is the girl who wears the most delicate and fragile dress she owns to go* shopping in, a thing 1 that shows the slightest strain, especially when she Is being pushed through crowds and jqstled this way and that; the girl who wears her dress cut en tirely too. low for street wear and Is decked out in jewelry, whether it be good or bad. to such an extent that It looks vulgar; the girl who takes Saturday afternoon to prowl through you.. The same. treatment Is success ful for all. and a delightful variety Is given bo that members of a large family can be remembered each in a different way. r If you decide to send a little note, why not decorate the letter paper with one of these, and add the same drawing to the flap of the envelope? The result will repay you much more decidedly than an expensive highly col ored ready-made sentiment. Jiake tracings on : wax paper from the drawings.. "With -a hard, sharp pencil again . outline each one, placing: the penciled surface down upon the card 'or note paper. When you lift the trac ing* paper you* will find a fairly sharp impression in faint .lead, pencil lines un the, surf ace.. \u25a0\u25a0\u25a0.'With black ink gu over the design, and then add the touch of crayon that raises these cards to the. hand-colored- class and beautifies ihr first effort in a won derful way. .' ; > Holly is seasonable. -The leaves are effective when lined and given a. cen tral .vein. The berries assume a rounds ness just as soon as you jjlve them 'the Epot;o/-"high light"" made by not cover insjthe entire surface.. • x Bells are Christmasy if covered with gold'palnt, and a flat wasb.or'' a PP ll ca-' So here you are, with Just aa pretty work as any embroiderer could h&v« and a good deal easier. Aren't you d*> lighted? . *?£ the. stores, or trail up and down th« streets, with all the warpaint an» can manage to get on— indeed, enough sometimes to put an actress to sham* when it comes to make-up. It is on these Saturday afternoon jaunts that the recklessness in dress generally continues to run riot. There is no kick against the mara bou scarf If It is fre£a looking? but ' for goodness' sake, when a thing of this kind, even plumes, begins to get seedy looking, either throw It away or e139 us* it up In some way, shape or fonnt Ther» is nothing that looks so pitifully cheap and shoddy looking as things of this kind, and especially when placed near or with the good thing; but so many girls will hang on to these remnants \u25a0 of style until the last strand. Better to go without a scarf, or buy an inex pensive crepe one, and have a hat trimmed with a large bow of ribbon, than to go around looking like a _moth-eaten ostrich. What with the awful bats that com« girls will put on their heads, coming way down over their eyes, the cheap homemade Paris creation In hats and gowns that would really look much better if American ideas were fol lowed, the unnatural high heels they wear causing the back of their feet to turn out. the noisy chatelaines, or, as a man expressed it. "kitchen utensils," that they carry, the awful mixture | of colors without regard to blending. • the number of cheap pins and brace lets, which, if cleaned, wouldn't look half as bad— it Is enough to make one groan -within while taking" a walk along and making a mental inventory. tlon of green is the most successful treatment for trees or leaves. When doing the mistletoe berries Just tea 'faint ink line on white is all that is re quired. • How do you like the old-fashioned bouquet? Hoses, either pink or yellow. with green leaves, In their holder of crisp paper, are reminiscent of "ye- olden .tymes," and might be appreciated by grandma or a great-aunt, i After all. It Is the thought back of th« * whole thing. "Why, you did this your- seifi" is all the appreciation that yoa will need. Try it this year. '*. Just "A Merry Christmas." with th» colored panel for the background of the first letter." will mean more than thai little phrase ever meant to some one. It la not too early, remember, to give other people pleasure. In fact It never la.