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, September 3, 2012

Fascinator Vs. Cloud

Knittingand posted an interesting reply to my last post, mentioning that a "cloud" was a specific type of fascinator, a light, lacy rectangle with tassels on the ends.  I did a little internet searching and found this vintage clipping:

The article says that clouds are "light scarves of fine knitting [worn] over the head and round the neck, instead of an opera hood when going out at night".  The instructions given are for a rectangular shape (or a square?), then finished with tassels.

So, Knittingand, you are correct!  My fascinator is going to be triangular in shape (I think, one never knows until the last stitch is cast off what these Weldon's 'mystery' patterns are going to look like).

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