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, April 2, 2012

Project 11: Doll's Hood in Plain Knitting

"Doll's Hood in Plain Knitting" from Weldon's Practical Knitter Twenty-Fourth Series (1893) and republished in Weldon's Practical Needlework Volume 8.

The Twenty-fourth series features "clothing for dolls, including dresses, undergarments, socks, hoods, infants' cloths, &c." and I'm going to make a few things for a dolly (will have to get a dolly to model them)

"The head of this hood is worked in plain knitting with white wool, and pink is used for the pretty scalloped border which goes round the front and along the bottom of the curtain, the combination is pleasing, and the result is a charming little hood that is certain to give satisfaction."

The original pattern calls for "a small quantity of pink and white Peacock fingering, and a pair of No. 12 steel knitting needles."

I'm using sock yarn from the stash, leftovers from previous projects; the pink is a lovely pink and red Wollmeise yarn in the colorway "Dornroschen".  The white is (I think) Cherry Tree Hill Supersock in natural.

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