Welcome to my blog about Home Arts Needlecraft Magazine! I "discovered" this publication about 2 years ago and fell in love with it to the extent that I had to start collecting issues as I ran across them. The magazine began publication with its September, 1909 premier issue, and continued through March, 1941. It has been interesting to follow the changes through the 30 plus years the magazine was published. It is a great source for needlework, fashion, recipes and short stories. Through my journey of sharing my issues online, I hope to discover a pattern of what was popular in different forms of needlecraft over the 3 decades. I hope you enjoy my blog as much as I am (so far!) enjoying posting articles and projects from the issues. Thanks for visiting!

Friday, February 19, 2016

For the Guest-Chamber

1913 08, page 18


The woman who is interested in her home, and likes to have it make the best possible impression upon all who enter it, particularly enjoys fitting up her guest-room with everything that may serve the twofold purpose of utility and beauty.
The bureau and dressing-table should be well equipped with everything which the visitor may need.  Do not provide covers for pincushion, glove-box or scarfs which cannot be freshly laundered after the departure of each guest.  Silk or chiffon covers are lovely, but extremely impracticable.
An attractive glove-case can be made from a piece of white linen fourteen inches square.
Divide the side in three equal sections and fold the end down over to resemble the flap of an envelope.  On this stamp a neat design and round the corners, scalloping the edge.
Whipstitch the two side-sections together and hem the top side, using feather-stitching to hold it in place.  Embroider the scallops and design with white mercerized cotton or silk of a color to match the predominating tone used in the room.
Print the word “gloves” on the top flap and pad the letters with white darning-cotton, with stitches running the length of the letters.  Cover this with stitches at right angles with the padding.
Beneath the scallops whipstitch a frill of narrow Valenciennes lace, and this completes the envelope of white linen to hold gloves.
The small circular pincushions are dainty and practical for the dressing-table.
To fashion one of these, take two circular pieces of white linen, one four and a half inches in diameter and the other six.  Scallop the edges and finish with buttonhole-stitches.
On the smaller circle stamp a simple design combining punched-work, with Venetian roses embroidered at intervals about the edge.  A row of small eyelets is then embroidered a half inch from the scallops of the smaller circle and an inch and a half from the larger.  The circular pincushion is placed between the circles, which are then laced together with baby ribbon.  A large rosette of the narrow ribbon is then placed on the top of the cushion.
The bureau- and dresser-scarfs should be made of the same quality of linen, scalloped and buttonhole-stitched at the edges and adorned with an embroidered monogram, or a border corresponding in design with the glove-case and pincushion.


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