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 9, 2012

Project 9: Gent's Knickerbocker Hose Pattern Available

Thank you Hannah and Christian for modeling my socks!  And thanks to Traveling Photographer Pia, who carried the socks to Washington DC and got her students to pose for me (actually, she says they ALL wanted to model wearing the socks and wanted me to knit them pairs of Plaid Knee Socks.  Sorry, kids, I'm making the pattern available for free.  Learn to knit.)

The free pattern is available here with charts of the plaid pattern -- SO much easier than reading written instructions for plaid stockings.


  1. Seriously mom, they loved them. 6 of them tried them on, and a bunch volunteered for the modeling. Sadly, they are not made for the wide of calf we learned quickly. Still, a total hit with the 16-18 year-old crowd.

  2. Encourage them all to pick up knitting needles so they can have their very own pair of Victorian golf stockings!

  3. Darling! And I have to say - really like them on your "boy model".