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, September 6, 2012

Project 21: Fascinator Finished

My reluctant (yet fetching) model Cara wearing the Fascinator.  It's a little smaller than I thought it would be, but is a nice size for a very light head covering.  It measures about 32" across and took 1 skein of Rowan's Kidsilk Haze yarn.  The tassels are a very Victorian touch.

Still unsure whether I'm going to try to chart this.  I'll have to play with how to chart the lace pattern (which is actually pretty simple) and see if there's an easy way to write the directions. 

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