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.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Project 5: Lady's Undervest Front Finished

Front is finally done and the buttonholes are spaced correctly, as in the engraving.  Before blocking, my front measured 30" in length, so it's going to be a bit longer than the original instructions (which say 29" long, but don't say if that is blocked or unblocked).  The engraving does show a fairly long sweater though, so I think it's okay.

Now to find a long, lean lady to model for me.  I don't think this style is going to fit my chunky body, even if it does have a lot of stretch.

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