19 NOVEMBER 1921, Page 3

Last week an exhibition of applied arts by women was

held at the Central Hall, Westminster. Block-printed and hand- woven materials, " decorative trifles," candlesticks, raffia ornaments, embroidery and, above all,' toys were shown. The exhibition was a decided improvement on the one held last year, the proportion of dull and ugly things being extremely low. The more interesting exhibits showed to a marked degree the influenco of (1) The Beggar's Opera, (2) the exhibition of pictures and embroidery . by Viennese children which was held in London last year. Mrs. Hethering- ton's hand-made toys, Miss Peacock's hand-woven materials, Miss Willis's cottage furniture, and Miss Strangeways' and Miss Lindner's plaster figures from The Beggar's Opera and Miss Dallas's ornaments are all of particular merit. Miss Willis's work would appeal to many people for Christmas presents. She was selling wooden candlesticks four feet high, painted in beautiful colours, for half a guinea.