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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Week 2: Knee-Caps

I finished Knee-Cap #1 last night.  This is a pretty straightforward pattern, nothing fancy in the knitting.  And I think they are actually a pretty good idea for someone with achy knees.

However, they are not designed for someone with CHUBBY legs.  Too small for me.  I'm sure they would fit a Victorian leg just fine, and most likely someone with slim legs (or not fat ones anyway) would be able to wear them.  But a Chub-Deb?  Nope.

I'll knit the second one today, and find a suitably slim model to show how they fit.  I couldn't find any crimson yarn in the stash that worked, so went with gray Morehouse Farm Merino 3-Strand Wool, which is nice and soft.


  1. so cute !
    i´ll knit two of them for my father...first i´ve to spin yarn for .

    hugs gudrun

  2. I will have the pattern up by the weekend, with gauge and measurements
    :-) PS my picture is upside down, there is a row of eyelets at the top for putting elastic through