WOMEN and THEIR WORK

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON September 15 1923
WOMEN and THEIR WORK

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON September 15 1923

MACLEAN’S QUESTION BOX

EDWINA SETON

Will correspondents who ask for a personal reply please endose a self-addressed and stamped envelope, and in seeking information, furnish su fficient particulars to make their requests quite clear, as otherwise it is difficult to give helpful answers

Question—Miss D., Toronto: You had an article on rug-making and spoke of the possibility of making at least the rugs one needed in the home, and the third illustration you gave looked like a beauty. The other two did not appeal to me at all, partly because I have had to live with them, and they are horrid, ugly things, such as those done by the New Brunswick ladies and shown at the exhibition last fall. I would like to make a rug suitable for a dining-room and have it light enough so it could easily be lifted and shaken. Will you kindly tell me how the rug was made that was copied from a Chinese design. Was it woven or hooked?

Answer—The rug you admired in the article was pictured merely to give a “hint for the home rug-maker” in the way of following the design, which was simple enough to copy in a “hooked” rug. But if you don’t care for the Charlotte County rugs, which have won the admiration of artists and art connoisseurs, there is not much use for you to attempt to make a hooked rug, as a beginner could hardly hope to improve on their product. A rug large enough for a dining-room and light enough to be easily shaken is a difficult combination. If very light, it would not lie flat but would curl up, and the size would entail much work. How I would you like several small rugs instead, ! all alike, laid on a polished or painted floor? It the walls were tan, say, the '•ugs could he in solid rose without a pattern, but witii a brown border. Rose and grey, or rose and dark blue are also pretty combinations.

Question — Mrs. L. G., Brantford: I am good with my needle and can do fancy work and crocheting but find it hard to dispose ot. Could you suggest any articles for which I could find sale? My idea is to work hard in the summer and get quite a collection ready for the Christmas trade.

Answer—Here are some ideas that have met with acceptance in Toronto gift shops: Cloth animals for children,

made in the likeness of elephants, rabbits, puppies, cats, etc. Either buy a paper pattern, or a good model of elephant or cat from a store. To copy a store animal, stretch thin cotton over one, and baste closely to the seams of the model, using an overhand stitch. One part at a time is covered and cut ' around, allowing for a quarter-inch seam, then clipping the stitches. It is only ¡ necessary to take a pattern of one-half the animal, as this can be laid on doubleI fold Canton flannel or cloth and cut double. A black cat made out of black velveteen, without any stuffing, but in the shape of a mit to slip over the hand, makes an excellent holder with which to pick up coal. Other things to make are Dinah rag dolls; envelope sachets made of good quality envelopes, decorated with some design in water color and containing an oblong of sheet wadding on whicli sachet powder has been sprinkled. A lovely bed quilt can be made of factory sheeting, unbleached. Applique on this some bold design cut from cretonne, such as fruit, like peaches and leaves, or oranges and foliage. My advice would be, however, to specialize in one thing rather than spread your energies over a number.

Question—Mrs. O. M., Ont.: Will

you kindly tell me what course is necessary to become a druggist? I have a little money, and would like to open a drug store in my town if the course is not too long or difficult. I have an entrance to normal certificate—no languages. Could I take the course extramurally? Is it necessary to be a druggist’s apprentice to become qualified?

Answer—To become a druggist, a five-year course is required, with at least matriculation standing. Three years are spent in a drug-store as an apprentice, and two years at the Ontario College of Pharmacy. The course cannot be taken ex-murally or any other way except as above outlined.

Question—Miss E. C., Ont.: Because of ill-health my education ceased when I was fifteen, after two years in collegiate, so that I am proficient only in housekeeping and such things as my mother taught me. Now at twenty-eight years of age the only thing that seems open to me is a business course. Do you think it possible for me, for whom business life has no special attraction, to become a successful business woman. Mathematics are my pet aversion and English my delight. Would you suggest secretarial work? How long should it take me to acquire a thorough training?

Answer—You write a good letter and as English is your “delight,” I believe you would be well suited with a secretarial post. You would first have to have six or seven months of training in a good business college, and after that perhaps accept a small-salaried post to gain experience. After a couple of years you should have acquired the necessary selfconfidence and speed, and then be eligible for a junior position in a good firm, with a chance to work up. If you concentrate on your work, putting it first, you should, with average good luck, arrive at your goal of a secretarial position within three or four years after taking up the training.

Question—Miss J. T.: I live on the outskirts of the'city and wonder if you could suggest anything—not expensive like golf—in which I could interest myself out of doors, as I am not strong and have to stay in the open air.

Answer—I knew a girl who made a study of the wild flowers. She used to .take one plant at a time and familiarize herself with its root, stem, bud, flower and seed, drawing and coloring it, and putting pressed specimens in a boôk. She acquired a wonderful knowledge of botany in this way that made her country walks most interesting. It matters not what study you take up, be it weeds, bees, ants, rocks or trees, there are handbooks ready to supply guidance, and the books may be obtained in a public library.

Question—Mrs. J., Ont.: Will you

please tell me if I can reduce my weight by dieting? I am perfectly well, but 20 lbs. over-weight.

Answer—Yes, if you can give up a number of enjoyable foods. Concentrate on salads, fruit and leafy vegetables, avoidingall fat meat, gravies, stuffings, cakes, chocolates, fried foods (except fish and lean meat) fresh bread, pancakes, muffins, butter and cream— although the last two mentioned may be used in small quantities. Here is a sample day’s menu for the reduction of weight. Breakfast: melon (or peaches), one very ripe banana, with two egg-whites beaten, and a very little thin cream. Luncheon: String beans or asparagus, one bran gem, celery, one glass of buttermilk. Dinner: (.’hipped beef, broiled on a scrambled egg, lettuce and one tablespoonful of seeded raisins. Only small portions of food are allowed, and neither tea nor coffee is included, while white bread is absolutely banned, and butter scarcely tasted, in these scientifically gauged combinations of foods. If you want to take up the course, which is issued by a well-known specialist in reducing weight, let me know and I will tell you where to obtain the literature.

Question — Mrs. P. M., Alberta: Will you please send me the recipe for the Old English hair tonic promised to one of your correspondents, and at the same time tell me if there is any way to make the skin soft. Since coming to the West my complexion has become very dry and my face begins to show wrinkles.

Answer—I have sent you the recipe desired. As to your complexion, I would recommend the use of a good cold cream, applying it nightly. An actress once told me she believed the one thing that kept women of the stage so young and fresh looking was their plentiful use of cold cream, which keeps the skin soft and well-nourished and so discourages lines from forming.

Question—Mrs. L. M. C., Ont.: We intend to have a harvest festival supper to raise funds for our church, and think of also having a few stalls with articles to sell. Could you suggest anything a little different to what has been done?

Answer—A bag and basket stall would be attractive. Another one could sell all kinds of nuts, and still another deal in gingerbread and popcorn. 1 saw such a nice basket-bag—a combination of the two—lately. It was made of Chinese

matting, varnished brown, and lined with reseda silk. The lining was gathered on a cord above the matting in bag fashion, while a little colored wool flower adorned the side of the bag.

Question—S. S. P., Alta.: Kindly

inform me if it is possible to copyright the name of a local advertising publication to prevent duplication in other localities. If so, what steps are necessary, and what charges are made for copyrighting?

Answer—Yes. Write to the Commissioner of Patents (Trade-Mark and Copyright Branch), Ottawa, and you will he sent a copy of the Act and Rules, with the sections relative to your enquiry marked. The fee will probably be $25 or $30.

Question—Miss J. B., Nova Scotia: I would like very much to know if there is a school or college in Montreal where china painting is taught and diplomas granted for teaching. I have painted a good deal on china, but have no experience with a kiln, and would like to improve my knowledge with a view to starting classes in my home town.

Answer—After making enquiries I have not been able to hear of any school in Montreal that teaches china painting and grants diplomas. However, I have sent you the name oí a good teacher there who has her own kiln.

Alberta Bob writes: Many thanks for the recipes you sent me. I don’t know whether your remark about writing a cook book especially for “bachers” was josh or not, but seriously I am convinced that there would be a good prospect for one written down to their level—something quite different from the usual kind, and giving reasonable and healthful variety but involving the minimum of preparation. My partner says he’d buy two if available, so as to be sure of being able to find one of them.

Here is a good field for one of our dietitians to enter—what about compiling a book of recipes especially for men forced to bach? Two copies could be sold right away.

Question—A subscriber: Who does

not give his name and address, sends a pencil sketch with an enquiry as to the best location of a furnace.

Answer—While I should think the best place to get that information would be where furnaces are sold, I am willing to answer it to the best of my ability if the person sending in the question will forward his name and address (and a stamped envelope), as no enquiries can be answered without this evidence of good faith.