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 3: Necktie for Gentleman

My Week 2 project is finished, and I should have the Knee-caps pattern up later today (just waiting for photos, our model is a high school runner who loves them and has already requested a pair)

Week #3 is "Necktie for Gentleman" From Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Thirty-Fourth Series (c. 1900). “The most suitable colors are olive green, grayish blue, dark red, dark blue, and black. One ball of knitting silk, if it contains an ounce, will be sufficient for one necktie, so the cost will not be excessive. A pair of steel knitting needles, No. 14, will also be required.”
Scarf is knit in k2, p2 ribbing, or in moss stitch (as illustrated) “These neckties stretch considerably in wear, so it is well not to make them too long at first”
I am going to use a fingering weight yarn, will see if I have a silk blend I can use, and US size 2.5 (3 mm) needles.  I'm going to knit in the Moss Stitch rather than ribbing.

I didn't have any silk or silk blend yarns in the stash, but I found two skeins of Koigu Painter's Palette Premium Merino, a hand-painted fingering weight merino wool yarn.  The blue colors are very gentlemanly.

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