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, October 21, 2012

Sometimes I Just Don't Love a Pattern

And the Cable Stripe pattern is not a favorite.  I worked 3 repeats of the 6 row pattern and I just don't love it.  The cables are "lumpy" with the short rows and the lace pattern doesn't show up that well.  I might like it better if it were knit with a simple cable in the center (your basic "slip 7 sts to a cable needle and hold in front/back, k next 7 sts, k sts from cable needle), but that is not how the Weldon's designer intended it to be.

So that one is going in the "fail" bucket, not because it's incorrect, but just because I don't love it.

I think I'm going to move on from lace edgings for a while and try something else.  Maybe socks...

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