About Weldon's Practical Needlework

From Interweave Press:

About 1885, Weldon’s began publishing a series of fourteen-page monthly newsletters, available by subscription, each title featuring patterns and instructions for projects using a single technique.

About 1888, the company began to publish Weldon’s Practical Needlework, each volume of which consisted of twelve issues (one year) of several newsletters bound together with a cloth cover.

Each volume contains hundreds of projects, illustrations, information on little-known techniques, glimpses of fashion as it was at the turn of the twentieth century, and brief histories of needlework. Other techniques treated include making objects from crinkled paper, tatting, netting, beading, patchwork, crewelwork, appliqué, cross-stitch, canvaswork, ivory embroidery, torchon lace, and much more.

From 1999 through 2005, Interweave published facsimiles of the first twelve volumes of Weldon’s Practical Needlework.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Week 1: Lady's Mittens with Thumb

I'm going to be out of town this week, so have chosen a fairly simple project for Week 1:

"Lady's Mittens with Thumb" 

This is a pattern that stands the test of time; the design looks fresh and wearable today.  
The yarn I will be using is Brown Sheep Naturespun Sport, in Bougainvillea (a lovely deep pink), and size 5 needles should get gauge.
The pattern is written to be worked flat and seamed.  I'm going to knit the mitts in the round instead.  There's a nice little detail on the back of the mitts, a little row of herringbone embroidery stitch.  Not sure what color I'll use for that  yet, probably black.


  1. dibs! :)

    they look like they'll be super cute...

  2. You win the mitts for being the first to comment :-)

  3. i love my finger less gloves you made me for xmas!!