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.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

The 100th Anniversary of the Titanic

2012 is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic.  I love the fashions of this time period, and some day I'm going to sew myself an Edwardian dress.  I know, my last sewing project (a 50s style dress) is currently languishing in a box.  But I can dream, can't I?

A fantastic source of patterns for historical garments is Sense & Sensibility Patterns.  To commemorate the Titanic's anniversary, Jennie has put together an e-book on 1912 fashions, which you can download here

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