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.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Week 2: Knitted Knee-Caps Pattern is Ready

The knitted knee-caps earned a "two thumbs up" from our model, a high school runner.  She is negotiating a pair in return for her modeling chores.

You can download the free pattern here


  1. slightly bizarre...but i like them anyway! what did a victorian use these for?

  2. Picture an old lady or old gent (or Bob Cratchit) huddling next to the fire in his/her drafty Victorian House. His/her knees are all achy from arthritis. Kindly daughter knits up a pair of knee-caps for Granny or Gramps, coddling their knees in wooly warmth...

  3. Your model, Katie, did love them. She would like a pair in her lovely LC colors of orange and black. She said they would be perfect for keeping her knees warm during track. :)

  4. I will make her a pair, even though those are the WORST school colors (after green and yellow)