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, March 8, 2012

Project 9: Gent's Knickerbocker Hose Leg Done

One leg section done.  This is moving along fairly quickly, using 12" circular needles makes color work knitting go so much faster than fiddling with double point needles.

The sock leg has decreases to fit the calf; not MY calf mind you.  Those Victorians were a slender bunch :-)

Today I will tackle the heel and move onto the foot.  From the engraving it appears that the top of the foot is worked in the plaid pattern, but the sole is plain.  Not sure how that is going to work.  Perhaps you knit the top and then knit a separate sole and sew the two together?  Which would be practical, as the bottoms always wear out first, making it easy to replace the worn part.

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