ILLUSTRATIONS 123 To 129 (Embroidered
Initials).--To learn to work initials the Roman characters are
the easiest to begin with. They must be traced and prepared like other
embroidery in satin stitch, only the chain stitches underneath must
not be too thick: it would take away the shape of the letters. All
depends on the fineness and regularity of the stitches; they must be
worked in overcast stitch. Work from left to right, and the letter
when completed must look rather like raised printing than like
embroidery. Gothic letters are much more difficult to work on account
of the many flourishes; it requires great practice in needlework to
embroider them well.
Illustration 123.--The small black
dots are worked in black silk on the thick parts of the letter: the
fine strokes are covered with cross threads of black silk.
Illustration 124.--The outlines of the
letter and the fine strokes are worked in black silk.
Illustration 125.--This letter is
embroidered in raised satin stitch and point de plume.
Illustration 126.--This letter is
worked in back stitches, over which are worked at regular distances
cross stitches of black silk.
Illustration 127.--Letter in satin and
Illustration 128 to be worked in
overcast and double overcast.
ILLUSTRATION 129.--Letter G in
point russe with black silk.
ILLUSTRATION 130 (Embroidered
Figures).--They are worked like the letters in point de plume
and overcast; the dots are worked in knotted stitch.