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.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Lady's Mittens: One Done

I know I promised "no cell phone pix", but I'm at Lois' and I have no camera.  So you  get what you get and you don't have a fit :-)

Finished Mitten #1 today, very easy pattern, which took me just a couple of hours.  The hardest part?  The 3 rows of embroidery on the back of the mitt.  I haven't done embroidery in about 30 years, so my work is a bit sketchy.

I am making these per as the original instructions, knitting flat and seaming. Could easily be knit in the round though, and when I rewrite the instructions I will probably do them in the round.
These mitts are done in k1,p1 ribbing so are very stretchy. The finished mitten has quite a long cuff, they would be nice and warm under a jacket.

Original colors are blue with brown contrasting color; mine are bright pink with black. I may knit a second pair in the original colors, haven’t decided yet.

3 rows of Herringbone embroidery is done on the back of the mitts. Instructions for working this stitch can be found at this site


  1. Yay! You have started with a bang! Glad you're here!

  2. A bit more of a flop instead of a bang, but the project is underway!

  3. I'm a dork. Why did it take me so long to find this site? Keep up the good work.