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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Project 18: Pincushion, Knitted Like a Lemon

This cute little pincushion was published in Weldon's Practical Knitter Twenty-Eighth Series (1895), and republished in Volume 10 of Piecework's Series.

"A Lemon Pincushion is a novel ornament for a drawing-room table; it is also suitable and pretty to hang on a Christmas tree, and a plate full of these useful trifles will form an attractive addition to a stall at a bazaar and realize a fair percentage of profit."

The original pattern requires 1/2 oz of lemon-coloured and 1/4 oz of shaded green single Berlin wool, a pair of No. 12 and a pair of No. 16 steel knitting needles.

I have yellow and green sock yarns, so that's what I'll use.  I think I'll go with US #1 and 2 needles.  That may make the lemon a bit larger than the original.

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