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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Project 22.4 Finished, and Right vs. Wrong Side?

And here's the "Hoop and Vandyke Edging", with a goof on one of the repeats I think.  The eyelet section looks slightly cockeyed about the middle of the piece.  Will redo my sample later :-)

One oddity in charting the Weldon's lace patterns, at least odd to me:  in my mind, the odd numbered rows (1, 3, 5 etc) are the "right side" of a pattern, i.e. the public side of the work.  If knitting in stockinette stitch, I'd expect the knit side to be on the odd # rows and the purl side to be on even # rows.  However, Weldon's pattern writers disagree with me.  Most of the lace patterns I've charted have the even numbered rows turn out to be the "public" side of the piece.

I'm not going to make any changes to the charts but it's something I'll be sure to note in the e-book, as I found it a bit surprising.  Does it befuddle you?

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