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Wool demons.
230              What Shall We Do Now?
slip a pair of scissors between the two rings and cut the wool all round them ; and follow this up quickly by slipping a piece of string also between them and tying it tightly round the wool that is in their midst. This is to keep the loose ends, which were made directly you cut the wool with the scissors, from coming out. All that is now necessary is to pull out the cardboard rings and shape the ball a little in your hands. The tighter the wool was bound round the cards, the smaller and harder the ball will be and the more difficult will it be to cut the wool neatly and tie it. Therefore, and especially as the whole purpose of a wool ball is softness and harmlessness, it is better to wind the wool loosely and to use thick wool rather than thin.
To make a " Wool Demon," take a piece of cardboard as wide as you want the demon to be tall, say three inches, and wind very evenly over it wool of the colour you want the demon to be. Scarlet wool is perhaps best. Wind it about eighty times, and then remove carefully and tie a piece round about half an inch from the top to make the neck. This also secures the wool, the lower looped ends of which can now be cut. When cut, gather up about twenty pieces each side for the arms, and, holding them firmly, bind them round with other wool, and cut off neatly at the proper length. Then tie more wool round to form the body. The legs and tail are made in the same way as the arms, except that wool is wound round the legs, beginning from the feet and working upwards, only to the knees, leaving a suggestion of knickerbockers. Eyes and other features can be sewn on in silk.
Among other occupations which are not in need of careful description, but which ought to be mentioned, bead-work is im­portant. It was once more popular than it now is ; but beads in many beautiful colours are still made (Whiteley's keep a great stock), and it is a pity that their advantages should be neglected. Bead-work lasts longer and is cleaner and brighter than any
Bead-work and other occupations.
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