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.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Still Plugging Away on the Gent's Knickerbocker Stockings

Boy, this project is really slow.  I'm nearly done with the leg on sock #1, and I'm  not 100% convinced it's going to work out.  The fabric is thicker than I'd like (though the original does say to use "coarse wool"), and felt a bit stiff.  I steamed it a bit to see if it would soften up and get a bit more elastic with blocking, and it did.

I will persevere and finish one stocking.  Can't promise I will make the second stocking though.  I'm sure Victorian knitters struggled with 'second sock syndrome', too :-)

Here's how it looks so far:
I love the plaid pattern, very elegant I think. 


  1. Finish the second one - don't turn into me!

  2. Just finished sock #1. Once it has blocked and I find someone to try it on (who isn't cursed with the "Sundstrom Legs"), then I will proceed with sock #2. Just need a couple of days of NOT knitting plaid!