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.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Project 7: A Cravat Knitted with Cockatoo Wool Finished

And a soft, pretty scarf it is.  I didn't love knitting with boucle, those little curls have an annoying tendency to get picked up instead of the actual stitch, and it's easy to lose your stitches.  I recommend frequent counts to make sure you still have the correct number of stitches on the needles.

I do love how soft the yarn is, and not itchy.  Perfect for a scarf!  I cheated a tad by using a yarn with a smidge of nylon, which isn't accurate to the period.  But it's as close as I could come to the original "cockatoo" wool.  I purchased my yarn from this seller on Etsy, and I am happy with the color (Lakewater Blue).  The base yarn seems to be pretty common for hand-dyers to use, so a search of Etsy for boucle yarn should turn up quite a few sellers.

The "fringe" on this scarf is kind of fun; it's simply a looped chain of crochet.  Easy-peasy.

You can download the free pattern here.

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