Handbook of Embroidery

1880, by L. Higgin, edited by Lady Marian Alford






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Royal School of Art-Needlework 

Prepared Work.


Work can be obtained from the Royal School of Art-Needlework having a design traced, a portion of the embroidery commenced, and sufficient materials for finishing. Ladies’ own materials will be traced and prepared for working if desired. Dresses must be cut out and tacked together before being sent to the School, and lines marked on the material to show where the design is to be placed.

When an order for prepared work is executed exactly by the directions given, or when the selection of Design or Colouring is left to the School, the work cannot be exchanged or taken back.

The materials supplied with the work are considered more than sufficient to finish it, and if more are required afterwards they must be purchased separately.

A few specimen prices are quoted, but no estimates can be given for prepared work, except in cases of large orders where a great quantity of material is supplied.

[Pg 101] All Designs supplied are Copyright of the Royal School of Art-Needlework, and must not be made use of for purposes of sale.

Designs on paper are not supplied under any circumstances, nor can work be sent out on approbation.

All work supplied is stamped with the monogram of the Royal School of Art-Needlework, as above, in addition to the letters P. W.

N.B.—An extra charge is made for all designs not ordinarily used for Prepared Work.


Table Covers, on Diagonal, from £1 1s. to £5 5s.

Serge 18s. to £3 3s.

Linen Table Covers, yard square, 14s. 6d. to £1 10s.

Chair Back Covers, Linen, 7s. 6d. to £1 1s.

Borders, on Linen, suitable for Table Covers or Dresses, from 5s. per yard.

Borders, on Serge or Diagonal, suitable for Table Covers or Dresses, from 7s. per yard.

Borders, on Serge or Diagonal, suitable for Curtains, Chimney Valances, &c., from 13s. per yard.

N.B.—If several yards are ordered of one pattern the price is lower.

Banner Screens, Linen (various), 8s. 6d. to 15s. 6d.

Diagonal, 12s. 6d. to £2 2s.

Babies’ Blankets, from 14s. 6d.

Bath Blankets, yard square, 17s. 6d.; yard and a half square, 26s.

Children’s Dress, from 18s. to £1 10s.

Tennis Aprons, from £1 1s.

Cushions, Linen, 7s. 6d. to 12s 6d.; on Diagonal, &c., 10s. 6d. to £1 1s.

Toilet Mats or D’Oyley, 8 inches square, from £1 6s. to £3 3s. per dozen.

Folding Screens, on Sailcloth, £1 1s. to £1 10s. per panel.

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Crewels are sold at the rate of 8d. per ounce skein, or in quarter-pound bundles, containing not more than four shades, at 2s. In quarter-pound bundles, containing selected colours, at 3s.

Embroidery Silks, at 6s. 6d. per ounce reel, and 3s. 3d. per half-ounce reel of one shade; or at 8s. per ounce of selected colours.

Filoselle, 3s. 6d. per ounce.

Needles, 9d. per packet.

Materials, suitable for embroidery, such as Homespuns, Fancy Linens, Serge, Diagonal, Utrecht Velvet, Satin de Chine, &c. &c., may be purchased at the School.