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Canvas Bag For Garden Tools

This bag will be found useful for amateurs as well as for professional gardeners. It is made of strong sailcloth, and the centre square stiffened by a piece of card-board. To this part elastic bands are fixed, to hold the desirable tools in position. The first row of pockets contains different kinds of labels; the compartments of the oblong lower pocket may be used for gathering seeds. Two leather straps hold the poles together on the back. A folding pocket may be attached to the reverse side of the centre square, and kept shut by two straps, as Indicated in the illustration.

Godey’s Lady’s Book, July Through December, 1877 p. 77-78

Insertions Of Tape Work.

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Our two designs are intended for insertions for children’s linen, dresses, etc., and are ex-cessively durable and strong for the purpose. You require tape the width of the figures in the engraving; cut each piece double the length of each figure In the design, fold them, and sew them together with a needle and thread, joining them to each other as you proceed. The edge is made of fine braid, to which the tape is sewn, or it may be crocheted in chain stitch. The bars are worked with a needle and strong cotton, in the same manner as the lace bars.

GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK, January through June, 1874 p. 175

Chatelaine Spectacle Case

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This spectacle case of card-board, which is designed to be suspended from the belt, is covered on the outside with maroon moire, and on the inside with maroon velvet, and is bound on the edge with a strip of Russia leather, which in ornamented with an inlaid gold border. The case is six inches and a half long and an inch and seven-eighths wide. The upper half is embroidered. The embroidery is worked on maroon velvet, with gold thread and maroon Silk in point ruse and knotted stitch, and is button-hole stitched in with maroon silk. Fig. 2 shows the embroidery design in full size. At the top of the case are fastened two chains of gilt bronze, each five inches and three-quarters long, which are joined at the free ends with a shield. The latter is covered with maroon moire, on which a monogram is worked with gold thread. On the under side of the shield set a bow of maroon moire ribbon and a metal hook. Instead of the design shown by Fig. 2, that shown by Fig. 3 may be used for ornamenting the spectacle case. For this design take velvet or cloth, cut it out as shown by the illustration, and underlay It with satin. Then work the embroidery in point rusts with saddler’s silk, then slip the ends through the band. Take always four ends together, take up seven gold beads on every two middle ends, and with the free ends work the braid-work. Care should be taken, however, that one bead always comes between two double knots. When the beads are used up, take always two gold threads, and with these work a six-strand braid. Run the strings crosswise through the ring, fasten the ends together, and cover the seam with a violet moire bow. The ends of the bow are trimmed with gold cord, gold beads, and fringe, as shown by the illustration. For each fringe strand, run the gold thread through the ribbon from the back to the front, crochet six chain stitches, and fasten the thread. Finally, fasten a French gilt hook on the wrong side of the bow.

GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK, January through June, 1874 p. 277

GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK, January through June, 1874 p. 309

Pincusion And Watchstand In The Shape Of A Chair

This pretty little chair of ebony Is six inches high. The seat forms a pincushion, and the watch Is hung upon a small gilt hook fastened to the back of the chair. The seat is covered with double crochet; the ground is worked with green silk; the pattern is worked front illustration without cutting off the silk, which is drawn along on the wrong side. One of the spots has six yellow stitches and four black ones in the centre; the second spot is red, and the third purple.

GODEY’S LADY’S BOOK, January through June, 1874 p. 371