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 30, 2012

Project 5: Lady's Undervest

I don’t think my 9 skeins of Heilo is going to be enough for this project (guess I should have thought about that before plunging in), so I’m on the lookout for more in this color and hope the dye lots are not too different.

I’m about 3/4 done with the front, working on the bust dart (which is an interesting technique, you increase one of the ribbing columns from 6 to 20 stitches, then back down to 6 for each dart). I’m curious to see how those bust darts look on 21st century boobs :-)
Not to mention that wasp waist.  Luckily, this sweater is quite stretchy, so it should fit a non-corseted lady just fine.  
I'm also looking forward to knitting the sleeves.  It will be interesting to see if the 1890s sleeves and armholes vary much in size from today.  From what I've read, these areas had much less ease than we are used to, but perhaps in a ribbed "undervest", the designer took comfort into account.  We shall see.

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