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 16, 2012

Project 14: Knitted Round Shawl

"Knitted Round Shawl" from Weldon's Practical Knitter, Third Series (1886) and republished in Weldon's Practical Needlework Volume 1.

"This elegant shawl, from the extreme lightness and beauty of its design, is sure to be a favorite with lady-workers.  The pattern forms a nine-pointed star.  Our model is worked with best soft white Merino wool, of which about 6 ozs. will be required and four bone knitting needles, No. 10."

This one is a leap of faith, as no engraving is provided.  I'm using the Madelinetosh Lace yarn in "William Morris" colorway I've been trying to find the right pattern for.  Size 3 (US) needles.  And I will definitely be writing a chart of this pattern, 173 rounds of written lace instructions is making me a bit cross-eyed. 

Pictures soon.

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