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.

Monday, January 7, 2013

A Cosy Scarf Correction

There's a slight error on the directions for A Cosy Scarf:

The instructions for Lace Chart One should read:

"Knit Rows 1-34 once, and Rows 3-34 twice for lace border."

I've uploaded a revised version here.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Gentlemen's Monogrammed Socks

Piecework's January/February "Historical Knitting Issue" (you can purchase a digital copy here) has my final Weldon's project: "Gentlemen's Monogrammed Socks.  Those are my son's initials, so when Piecework returns the project, I'll have to knit the second sock for him.  No more mismatched socks for him!

The Barrister's Wig in Action!

As promised, here I am posing in front of Buckingham Palace and the Queen Victoria monument, wearing the Barrister's Wig.  The girls said I just looked like a weird tourist wearing a head scarf.  No one gave me a second glance :-)

Our trip was so fabulous!  I wrote up a "super blog post" over on A Fluther of Knitting if you want to read all the deets.  Sadly, we didn't find ANY vintage patterns to bring home.  But I did do some major damage at Loop in London.  Adorable yarn store!