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, August 26, 2012

The Bachelor's Tea Cosy

My second Piecework article/project is on the newstands!  It's  the "Bachelor's Tea Cosy" and is in the Sept/Oct. 2012 issue.

This lined tea cosy was originally published in “Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Twenty-First Series” (1982), and appears in Piecework’s “Weldon’s Practical Needlework Volume 7”. The publishers state “This is a charming tea cosy for bachelors, and indeed for general use, as it is simply and easily made, and will keep in position when placed upon the tea pot; the handle passes through an opening on one side, and the spout through a corresponding opening on the other side, so there is no occasion to remove the cosy when pouring out tea.”

It's such a thrill to see my work in print, and as always, Joe Coca (who's done Piecework's photography since the first issues) makes my work look beautiful.

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