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, February 20, 2012

Project 7: A Cravat in Cockatoo Wool

Yikes.  Again.  I am about halfway through the cravat and I can see I will not have enough yarn.  Not even close.  I have a message in @ Island Fibers in hopes that they might have another skein.  And I ordered a skein of yarn from a seller on Etsy, which is hand-dyed on the same yarn base (mohair/wool/nylon) so I can start again with that if Island Fibers can't help.

Contemplating another project to work on while awaiting my yarn :-0

I have a skein of Madelinetosh Lace in colorway "William Morris":
which seems like an appropriate color for a Victorian project.  I am looking for a pretty lace shawl to knit using it.  Maybe I'll tackle this now.


  1. RuhRoh! I feel your pain - I've had to scramble on a project this week as well . . . and it may be that those Victorians used WAY more yarn than it looks like . . .

  2. definitely annoying. But I guess I should have known 100 yds was not going to be enough...