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Ben Yƻsuf, Anna / The art of millinery: a complete series of practical lessons for the artiste and the amateur

Lesson XIII: The making of ribbon and silk flowers,   pp. 193-213 PDF (3.1 MB)

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              LESSON XIII 
LOWERS and blossoms of many kinds can be re- 
     produced in ribbon of various widths, mingled and 
     mounted with the stamens and foliage of the ordi- 
nary artificial flowers, but this is a branch trenching so 
closely on the business of artificial-flower making that 
it needs time and practice to attain proficiency. It is 
profitable work, used more for hair and corsage orna- 
ments than hat trimming. 
  There is, however, one way in which a knowledge of 
this work can be put to profitable use in the workroom; 
that is to use up scraps of silks, gold and silver tissue, 
crepe, lace and ribbons of all widths, to make pretty 
trifles for the hair, etc., during the dull season. All 
these materials may be used double and if possible on 
the bias. 
   Lace, however, can be used singly, the shape of the 
petal outlined in fine lace wire, or silk-covered spool 
wire, the lace edge turned over this, run in and finished 
with fine straw braid, chenille, spangles, or narrow lace 
   Petals of net or mousseline de soie from scraps used 
 thus, spangled all over, and edged with tiny lace, make 
 charming flowers, pansies, wild roses, camellias, etc., 
 the outside petals of course being larger than the central 
   Each petal is tied with a bit of tie wire; then, begin- 
 ning at the center, they are arranged and tied together 
 so all the stems are underneath in one bunch. If a long 
 stem is needed, the central petals are tied to a wire, and 
 the rest around it, the end finished by a twist over of the 
 material of the flower. Wings, quills, butterflies can be 
 made in the same way; the shape is in wire, the material 
 laid on flat, cut to shape with one-half inch margin; this 

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