THERE arc several simple ways of re
newing the worn seats which belong to certain types of dining room chairs. One of the best is to take them out and make for them new covers of coarse canvas embroidered with coloured raffia.
Raffia and Dull Wood
Some seen recently in a country bungalow were worked with emerald. black and natural raffia, the chairs themselves being made of unpolished wood which formed a satisfactory background. The scheme was well thought out-off white distempered walls, black painted floor and woodwork, emerald cord carpet.
The upper inset diagram in the sketch shows the work in progress-use a large, blunt needle and fairly short lengths of raffia. and satin stitch over three or four threads of the canvas.
in another bungalow the chair seat covers were made of sacking cloth trimmed with wreaths of felt flowers appliqued down with wools in contrasting colours. In black, dull pink and green, stitched with oatmeal, brown and fawn respectively, the wreaths looked most effective. though the small circles which composed the flowers were merely cut from discarded felt hats. Each one was about one-and-a-half inches across and had a tiny circle snipped out of the centre. A plate measuring ten inches across gave the outline for the wreath, and the felt circles were tacked round this, slightly overlapping each other. They were sewn down with the wools couched with Hank cottOn as shown in the lower choosing felt in very .gay shaCes for the flowers. The woodwork of the chairs should be enamelled jade or cherry.