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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Project 22: Lace Edgings

Edging #1: Leaf and Lace Border

I knit my sample using white cotton in a fingering weight, which makes a pretty wide border, but shows the details nicely.  I'll be knitting the samples for the e-book in lace weight yarn to better represent the size/width you can expect when knitting these edgings.

Edging #2: Holly Edging
From Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Twenty-Seventh Series (1895)
"Most effective when knitted with moderately coarse cotton and needles"

This is a fairly easy edging, with "tufts" (or bobbles as we call them) placed at regular intervals. 

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