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.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Project 5: Lady's Undervest

I found more of the Heilo yarn I need, and it's on the way.  Fingers crossed that the yarn is a close match dye lot-wise. 

I've reknit the right front of this sweater 3 times now :-(  I am having trouble getting the buttonholes spaced correctly on the front placket.  The instructions say to make a buttonhole "every 10th ridge".  I first interpreted that as every 10th row (the placket is in garter stitch), which didn't work.  Ripped and tried every 10th garter ridge (20 rows) and that didn't work either.  3rd time I'm trying 10 rows between the buttonholes.  This had better work, as I'm kind of sick of knitting the placket/right front and would like to move along to the back.

I'm also writing up my instructions and knitting the samples for my first Piecework article.  Thanks to sister Sue, knitter exraordinaire, I have one less sample square to knit myself. 

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