These are embroidered in filoselle, and in the centre of each a small round of satin is pasted and covered with long stitches of silk. In the original, two of the squares were of drab cloth embroidered with maroon, the other two maroon, worked with yellow and bronze filoselle, the pattern being outlined with a fine cord of mixed colours. The four squares are slightly pasted in the middle to secure them firmly to the cardboard foundation, joined at the top and ornamented with woollen or chenille pompoms.
Now as a hint to clever workers, I may say that it is by no means necessary that this smart little hat should be used merely for its original purpose. The crown may be filled up inside with loops of black wool, cut and combed, or with a small rosette of cloth, thus making a most ornamental pen-wiper; or it may have a small bag of silk fastened round the edge, so that it will hold sugar plums, or serve as a pence purse. Filled in firmly with bran, the opening at the bottom covered with a round piece of satin, it is converted into a useful pincushion. A pretty hat, too, may be made on the same principle, but of squares of woollen crochet or knitting, instead of cloth. In short, it is just the sort of pretty trifle that is useful for a Christmas tree and should be made of very bright, gay colours."