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Chapter XV: Lace, net, and tulle working; caps and bonnets,   pp. 167-183 PDF (3.3 MB)

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                   CAPS AND BONNETS 
T HE lightest and daintiest handling is required for lace, net, 
     and tulle working, as well as a good knowledge of the most 
suitable qualities and designs obtainable for the particular purpose 
in view. 
   CHOICE OF MATERIALS.-Lace and lace net must be 
carefully selected for millinery, or the consequent appearance of 
" agedness " given to the wearer of a hat or bonnet will be most
disappointing. The finest designs in Valenciennes, Mechlin, 
Chantilly, Alen~on, and other makes are the safest ones to choose. 
Plain sprigged, spotted, ringed and filet nets are also good choice 
if the mesh is fine and the colour good. Tulle is always dainty 
and, if rainproofed, keepĀ§ crisp and fresh looking even if worn 
in a damp atmosphere. 
   There are, however, many varieties of lace other than those 
just named that can be used for millinery purposes. Laces made 
of crinoline or horsehair are of a springy nature and admirable 
for a large transparent hat brim. Tinsel, aluminium and laces 
with threads of gold or silver interwoven are useful for covering 
shapes, and for trimmings. Laces made of very fine Tuscan 
straw, twisted and woven into a lace design, are much used for 
children's hats and bonnets. 
   FOUNDATIONS.-Lace, tulle and net usually have either 
a whole foundation of stiff net or wire, or else wire supports are 
sewn to the material and hidden in folds of the lace or net. 
    The preparation of a wire shape is explained in Chapter V. 
Filet wire, of the same shade as the material, is used when sup- 
ports are needed and the very finest silk or cotton are necessary 
for all sewing. 

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