Beautiful Outline Embroidery

Outline Embroidery is an adaptation of Indian and Oriental quilting to modern uses. It is particularly suitable for needlework pieces that are used daily

Outline Embroidery is worked upon linen or other washing materials, either with ingrainsilks or cottons, or in crewels; but upon cloth and silk materials the work is executed in filoselles.

The real Outline Stitches are a Double Run and Crewel or Stem Stitch, which is sometimes called Point de Cable and Rope Stitch, when used for this Embroidery.

To Crewel Stitch such fancy Embroidery Stitches as Point de Riz (Rice Stitch), Point de Marque, (Cross Stitch) and Point Lances (a stitch that resembles an asterisk when completed) can be added at the pleasure of the worker, but these are not real Outline Stitches, and are only introduced with caution, the motive of the work being to produce effect by the contour of an outlined, and not by a filled-in pattern.

Outline Embroidery
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The Figure above is intended for a square for counterpane or chair back.

To work: Trace a number of these squares all over one large piece of linen, and then surround each square with a border of Drawn Work, or work each square on a separate piece of material, and join them together with lace insertions.

Draw out the design with the help of tracing paper and cloth, and work in all the outlines with Crewel Stitch. Put the needle in across the outline line in a slightly slanting direction, keep the cotton to the right and draw it up. Put in these slanting stitches up the outline, and work them close together so as to make a line closely covered with slanting stitches.

The variety is given to the pattern by the number of colors used, and by doubling the cotton, or by using thicker cotton to mark out the bolder lines of the design, but the stitch covering the outlines is the same throughout.

Three shades of red are used in Fig. 1, the darkest shade being used to form the center ornament, the four outside circles, and the two lines at the outside of the square; the second shade to form the conventional sprays that fill in the four circles, and the lightest shade for the rest of the design. The position of these colors is shown in the illustration by the different shading of the lines.

Form the fancy stitch that fills in the curves left by the rounds with a series of square lines covered with Point de Marque (Cross Stitch), and work them in the darkest shade of red.

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