|Materials: 10 skeins of
12-thread fleecy, of six shades of red (these should be most of the
darker shades); 2 skeins of white ditto; 1 skein of white filoselle.
Make a chain of 196 stitches with the
darkest shade of red wool, and join it into a circle.
Work 1 round of raised spots
thus:--Turn the wool 5 times round the needle, insert the needle in 1
chain, and draw it through all the loops, then work 1 slip stitch,
insert the needle in the next stitch, work 1 double, and begin a fresh
spot. Continue in the same way all round.
Divide the round into 7 parts; work 12 spots with the 3rd shade of
red, always working 1 double between each spot, and taking care to
place them between those of preceding round: after 12 spots, work 1
double, then 12 more, and so on.
3rd shade of red, 11 spots, 1 double.
4th shade, 10 spots, 3 double.
5th shade, 9 spots, 5 double.
Same shade, 8 spots, 7 double.
5th shade, 7 spots, 9 double.
Same shade, 6 spots, 11 double.
Same shade, 5 spots, 13 double.
6th shade, 4 spots, 15 double.
Same shade, 3 spots, 17 double.
Same shade, 2 spots, 19 double.
Same shade, 1 spot, 21 double. The pattern of raised spots being now
completed, continue to work with the lightest shade of red in double
stitches, decreasing once above each pattern, so as to close up the
circle gradually. The white flowers are worked over the plain part of
the cushion with white wool, and silk for the petals, and a black dot
in the centre. The cushion is stuffed with horsehair and lined with
glazed calico. A round of thick pasteboard is stitched in at the
bottom, to make it stand firmer.