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.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pattern for Lady's Mittens in Fancy Wave Stitch available

Mittens are done and the free pdf is available here.

One of my favorite projects!  I think these mitts look as stylish today as they did in 1896.

The "fancy wave stitch" is an easy 2-row pattern, with the 2nd row being purled; I think it would look equally good with all knit stitches.  May have to try that and see how it looks.

Will see if I can get better pictures later today.


  1. These are gorgeous. I am going to be making a pair for my 20-year-old romantic niece for Christmas - going to try for the same colours even. Thanks for this!