Little squares of net serve as a foundation for a number of different stitches and these stitches lend them- selves to so many combinations that we are sure that amongst those we are going to describe there will be some unknown to our readers. We can say for certain that many of them we have never met with either described or illustrated in any publication we have come across.
Linen stitch: This is the stitch most often met with in the old: embroideries and the grounds of leaves and flowers as well as the edges are generally worked in it. After fastening the thread to a knot of the net it is carried twice. Darning stitch:Threads of the net so that every second thread passes at the end of the row under the thread of the net and over it when it is brought upwards again. This forms the body of the linen stitch which is completed by the second series of stitches, the same as in darning stitch.
This star covers sixteen squares of net. Fasten your thread to the middle knot of the sixteen squares, then carry it in a diagonal line from left to right, under a knot of the net. Bring it back towards the other extremity of the square formed by the sixteen squares of net, slip the needle under the knot and lay three threads in this same direction. This forms the underneath rays of the star.
Few kinds of embroidered net are so quickly executed as the one shewn in fig. 36 [image above]. Two buttonhole stitches on the outside and a single crossing of the thread below are all that is needed to make this pretty star. The middle square is ornamented with a little wheel.
Wheels set with loop stitch (fig. 35). ~ Often a wheel occurs in a big square of net which it cannot sufficiently fill; it may then be framed with whole or half loop stitches to fill up the
surrounding space. The left part. Wheels framed with loop stitches.
Our engraving shews very distinctly how the thread, passing under the wheel and twisting once round the thread laid for the wheel, is carried round the square by forming eight loops.
The arrow shews how you pick up the loops and finish the first circle round the wheel. The second detail in the same figure explains the laying of a second thread in the loops, and how the thread is passed through them to make a second circle. The white line serves as guide for the stitches. The third detail represents a finished wheel.
Ground formed of intersected loop stitches (fig. [above]). — Cover a whole row of squares with cross-stitches and skip three rows of stitches. When you have covered a sufficient number of vrows with cross-stitches, take a very long needleful of vthread and slip the needle upwards from below and from right to left under the two bars of the third top square; then come down to the first square of the three lower rows and pass from right to left under the bars, so as to leave an interval of three squares between the new stitches. The next row of stitches is done in the same way so that the stitches are not only set contrariwise but cover each other reciprocally.
Ground consisting of little -wheels and loop stitches (fig. [above]). — With a coarse thread finish the wheels, only over the bars, throughout the whole sur- face of the . Then, with the fine thread surrounding them with loop stitches, worked in rows.
Ground of geometrical figures (fig. [above]). — This stitch which has no resemblance with the former ones is composed of simple geometrical lines. Fasten the thread to a knot of the net, then pass it, (around of iieometncal figures always diagonally under three other bars of the net and repeat this three times; after that twist the thread once round the Bordering in buttonhole stitch on big-meshed net. Fourth bar of the net to fasten it, and come back to the knot already encircled and repeat the four rounds, as in the first instance. By always bringing the thread back to the knot where the next square is to begin you will have four threads stret- ched along two sides and five along the other two.