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, March 14, 2012

Project 9 Gent's Knickerbocker Stockings Take II

Here's the Stocking so far, using size 3 needles and Dale of Norway Heilo yarn (sport weight)  They are definitely looking more adult size :-)  The fabric is also quite a bit thicker than with the sock weight yarn.  The wearer's legs will NOT get cold wearing these socks.

I think this yarn & needle combo will probably work, though it's not as elegant as the sock weight Wollmeise yarn.  But perhaps that is better, as I'm imagining Lord Grantham wearing these for a week-end hunting party at Downton Abbey.  And thick stockings would be appreciated when one is shooting pheasants.  (And I'm hearing Maggie Smith's Dowager Countess asking "What is a week-end?" in my head as I type this)

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