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.