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 23, 2012

Week 3: Necktie for Gentleman

The Necktie for Gentleman is done, and properly pinned with a lovely stickpin.

This is an easy project, and can be knit in either Moss Stitch (as shown) or in ribbing.  Both are mindless, and perfect for a project to work on while watching TV.

The free "modernized" pattern is here


  1. I love the necktie. It looks like a very sensible wintertime collar fill-in. And such a great blue!

  2. I'm finding that the Weldon's patterns ARE quite sensible. While there are crazy Victorian projects that I will attempt, many of the patterns are perfectly wearable today. And I'm delighted that I was able to use this Koigu yarn, it's been aging in the stash for quite a while :-)