Handbook of English Training & Practices
The delightful art of embroidery has long been carried on by most people in going over with the needle “patterns” obtained all ready-made at a shop, and design has been thought of as a somewhat dreadful mystery
It is obvious that embroidery based on patterns personally selected and adapted is on a higher plane of interest than the mere filling in of a purchased pattern; it is “playing the game” as it were. Think how dreary any other game would be if it were limited to the going over of a fixed plan ! As a matter of fact, there are fixed elements in all games—the moves—and the interest arises in solving new combinations games are played
as it were from a pattern book.