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The editor of this department will gladly
welcome any hints or articles pertinent to the
household. If any reader has any helping sug
gestions, please send them along.
Shall we women in Florida resolve
that this new year will find us in the
same old ruts, or shall it be that we
will determine to accomplish more
and advance in all lines? Let us ele
vate the home duties to the high and
dignified plane they rightly deserve.
Let us be the “Do-somethings” this
In our readings much interesting
matter comes before us as to the rear
ing and moulding of the young lives
of the girls in the homes. We over
heard two mothers recently discuss
ing plans and means to keep girls at
home afternoons after school hours.
One mother says, “Don’t you think
it is our fault if we do not gain the
end desired?” and the other said “no,”
and she in our estimation is very
nearly correct. There is something
in the makeup of the present young
girl that demands and craves excite
ment and young companionship.
Just how to guide and win her to the
mother’s side is the perplexing ques
tion. One thing is sure, the mother
must be companionable, as far as
possible, and that is one of the diffi
cult duties to perform with so many
hindrances in the way of household
A word to our girls— to come down
to the practical test —what are you
aiming at? That must have some
thought and consideration in your
young life. Are you trying to make
this old world brighter and thinking
of others instead of self? Don’t let
“self” take up too much of your
thought. Make the home bright and
cheery, so that all the home circle
will want you about them and yearn
for your presence when absent. Take
up some household duty as your own,
such as keeping the sitting room in
order, or the dining room. Take an
interest in mother’s work and help
her and you will be surprised how in
teresting your own home will be
Quite an interesting article is found
in January Good Housekeeping on
embroidered household linens. The
writer gives some new suggestions
which we offer our Florida readers
The first things to consider are the
towels. Hand towels, which should
be of linen huckabuck, are better
bought by the yard, and made with a
narrow hemstitch hem, the size when
finished being 18 by 27 inches. A
single one and a half inch letter is
placed the width of the hem above
it in the center of one end. Large
towels are also of linen huckabuck 24
by 40 inches, either hemstitched or
scalloped at each end, or one end
hemstitched and the other scalloped.
The hems should be two and a half
inches deep with a letter the same
style three inches high, placed three
inches above the center of the hem.
Damask towels usually have scalloped
ends and when finished are 24 by 40
inches. A monogram with letters
three and a half inches high is placed
three inches from the top of the seal- j
lop at the center. 111 selecting bath i
towels, those with a plain border are |
preferred, with a single letter or mon-
ogram worked in a catstitch in dark
blue and outlined in a lighter shade.
This style is also good for inexpen
sive towels and bed linen.
Linen sheets and pillow cases may
seem expensive, but if one considers
that they wear better than cotton the
difference in expense will not be
thought of. It is not satisfactory to
give measurements for these as pil
lows and mattresses differ in size.
Select a heavy round thread “ten
quarter” sheeting, as the thread is
smooth and easily drawn, if one
wishes a hemstitched hem. The hem
should be two and a half inches deep.
For these a monogram looks better
and should be three inches high and
placed two and a half inches above
the center of the hem. -If a scallop
is preferred it is better to turn up a
hem two inches and embroider the
scallop at the top of the hem, thereby
forming a double edge. A border of
French embroidery or eyelet work
just above, with a single letter, makes
a more elaborate set. A handsome
and new idea is a scallop and crest
with a single letter. Pillow cases
should match with smaller monogram
or single letters.
The table linen calls for special at
tention. There is no style which is
so popular and in such good taste
as the monogram. It is three or
three and a half inches high and
placed either at the left side diagon
ally, fourteen inches from the corner,
or directly in the center above the
plate. Anew departure is to have
the initials of the host placed directly
above his plate or at the left hand
corner and the initials of the hostess
in a corresponding position. The nap
kins should match, though the mono
gram should not be more than one
and a half inches high. If one wishes
less work, one two-inch letter to
match that on the cloth is in good
All good initial work should be
done in a frame or hoop and much
depends upon the material being tight.
Use one strand of French darning
cotton for filling letters from two
to five inches, and do not be afraid
to put in plenty of padding in medium
size stitches, lengthwise of letters.
Do not work over and over from the
upper side of the frame, but p: t ss the
needle in and out. The outside
stitches must be worked crosswise of
letter and the stitches pulled evenly
and tightly over the padding and
placed side by side. When finished,
while the material is still tight in the
frame, a.bone stilleto rubbed over the
letters gives that high polish found
in all French work.
The Obedient Boy.
A little boy was sailing a boat w t’
a playmate a good deal larger than
The boat had sailed a good way
out in the pond, and the big boy said:
“Go in, Jim, and get her. It isn’t o.er
your ankles, and I’ve been in every
“I daren’t,” said Jim. I’ll carry her
all the way home for you, but 1
can't go in there; she told me 1
mustn’t dare to.”
“My mother,” replied Jim, rather
“Your mother! Why, I thought she
was dead,” said the big boy.
“That was before she died. Eddie
nd I used to come here and sail our
boats, and she never let us come un
less we had strings enough to haul in
with. I ain’t afraid; you know I’m
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