HRISTMAS is not so far away but that the question of gifts is frequently discussed in the family. There is nothing more acceptable to busy housekeepers than the pretty bits of needlework which most women covet, even though they have not the leisure time or inclination for working them.
For those who do have the time and inclination, the choice designs offered will perhaps solve the problem of what will be most acceptable to the married sister or daughter as well as for the friend who is contemplating housekeeping in the near future.
Centrepiece in Oak-Leaf and Acorns
This centrepiece is a new design after the latest style in this work. It gives a bold decorative effect, with less of the fine work than has formerly been used.
The artistic coloring in which this work is carried out gives wonderful effect to this simple design. There are no elaborate stitches. The oak-leaf shown in detail is done in long and short stitch with the two shades of green.
The acorns shown in detail combine the green and brown. The cups being done in cross-stitch with the leaf brown, and the upper part filled in with the two shades of green in the Kensington filling-stitch.
Centrepiece with Point Applique Medallions
A very delicate centrepiece may be made with applique medallions used in connection with embroidery. This may be carried out in a graceful manner by arranging the medallions as in the illustration. The violets and leaves are worked solidly in the proper colors and the edge may be done in white, This border is highly original and lends itself very gracefully to the shape of the centrepiece.
[Unknown] (1896, October). Choice Designs In Needlework. The Household, XXIX(10), 22. Retrieved from VictorianTimes.us http://victoriantimes.us/needlework/oak-leaf-and-acorn-needlework.^