HANDBOOK OF EMBROIDERY.
HANDBOOK OF EMBROIDERY
BY L. HIGGIN.
EDITED BY LADY MARIAN ALFORD.
PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY OF THE ROYAL SCHOOL OF ART-NEEDLEWORK,
AND DEDICATED TO THEIR PRESIDENT,
H.R.H. PRINCESS CHRISTIAN, OF SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN,
PRINCESS OF GREAT BRITAIN
SAMPSON LOW, MARSTON, SEARLE, AND RIVINGTON,
CROWN BUILDINGS, FLEET STREET.
(_All rights reserved._)
Plates Nos. 4 and 19 show a portion only of the designs by Mr. W.
Morris and Mr. Fairfax Wade.
In drawing up this little "Handbook of Embroidery" we do not pretend
to give such complete technical directions as would enable a beginner
in this beautiful art to teach herself; because learning without
practical lessons must be incomplete, and can only lead to
We have sought, therefore, only to respond to the inquiries we are
constantly receiving, and to supply useful hints to those who are
unable to avail themselves of lessons, and are forced to puzzle over
their difficulties without help from a trained and experienced
embroiderer; at the same time, the rules we have laid down and the
directions we have given may serve to remind those who have passed
through the classes, of many little details which might easily be
forgotten when the lessons are over, though so much of the success of
embroidery depends upon them.
We have given a short description of the most useful stitches, and
have pointed out their applicability to different styles of work; we
have named the various materials which are best suited as grounds for
embroidery, and the silks, filoselles, crewels, &c., which are most
commonly employed, with practical rules for their use in the best and
most economical manner.
Also we have given such plain directions as to stretching, framing,
and cleaning the work as are possible in a limited space, and without
practical illustration. We venture to hope we have thus supplied a
want that has been long felt by those who interest themselves in the
art in which Englishwomen once excelled, but which had languished of
late years, and almost died out amongst us, though it has always been
taught in many continental cities, where embroideries have never
ceased to be required for church decoration.
We have abstained from giving any directions as to the tracing of
designs upon material, for two sufficient reasons: firstly, that the
Royal School of Art-Needlework has never supplied designs alone, or in
any other form than as prepared work; and secondly, that having made
experiments with all the systems that have been brought out for
"stamping," ironing from transfer-papers, or with tracing powder, it
has been found that designs can only be artistically and w