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.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Fail and Project 16: A Cosy Scarf

I give up.  This shawl does NOT want me to knit it.  At all.

You don't know how many times I've ripped and re-knit, charted and re-charted.  And this shawl still will not allow itself to be knit correctly.

So today I ripped it all out and rewound the ball.  Hopefully this yarn will get knit into my next project...

Which is "A Cosy Scarf".  Taking a bit of a side trip here.  This is a Weldon's pattern, but from a bit later period.  I found it in a Weldon's Encyclopedia, circa 1920 (the book wasn't dated, but the illustrations and projects put it in that period)

It's a pretty lace scarf, knit in "Fine Shetland Wool" on No. 8 Needles (today's US size 6)

The scarf is knit in 2 sections and grafted at the center, which allows the lace to "face" the right way on both ends of the scarf.

I'm not sure what yarn I'll use for this.  Off to check the stash.

Off to start charting the lace.

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