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, September 2, 2012

Project 21: Fascinator Update

I'm a bit over half done with the Fascinator.  It's a pretty lace pattern, which is shaping up to become a triangle, I think.  I love the Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Candy Girl, it's so soft and airy.  A perfect yarn for a "cloud", as fascinators were also called.

Note to self: when making corrections to your lace chart, BE SURE to make said corrections dark enough so they are legible next time through the pattern.  It's not much fun to rip out 2" of Kidsilk Haze, which "grabs" every stitch and doesn't want to let go.

I'm not sure I'm going to create a pattern for this one, though it's really lovely.  It's one of those that has lots of repeats in odd combinations which makes for a kind of weird chart.  I'll see if I can come up with something that is readable.

1 comment:

  1. I think clouds were a particular type of fascinator? The only ones I've come across are light, long, wide rectangles that are gathered at both ends. They're worn over the head sort of like a hooded scarf, only the gathers at the ends are the only shaping. That's the type of cloud I've come across anyway :)