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 22, 2012

Week 4: Barrister's Wig in Puffed Knitting

This week's project is "Barrister's Wig in Puffed Knitting" from Weldon's Practical Knitter (Thirteenth Series), dated 1890.

"Our engraving shows the fashionable head covering known by the name of the 'barrister's wig'."  I was thinking it was going to be an exact replica of the wigs worn by British Barristers, as shown in this picture:

but alas, it's more of a hood. 

The original pattern calls for "1 oz. light silver grey single Berlin wool and 2 ozs. of pale blue double Berlin, a pair of No. 9 knitting needles, and 2 yards of inch wide pale blue ribbon".  I am using Dale of Norway Heilo yarn for the silver, and Knitpicks Swish DK for the blue, with US 5 needles.

The "puffed stitch" pattern is an interesting drop stitch pattern, where you do double yarnovers, then drop them the next row.

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