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PieceWork magazine is pleased to present this limited edition, exact reproduction (neither alterations nor corrections were made to the original published in the 1800s) of Weldon's Practical Crochet, Volume 2, Fourth Series. It is a fitting example of crochet and history, hand in hand. This electronic pattern book opens a window on another time and another place. The time is the turn of the twentieth century and the place is London, England. Crocheters of that era would be amazed to see their favorite crochet patterns in a virtual format of which they could never have dreamed.
In an effort to bring needlework to the emerging middle class, Weldon’s, a paper pattern producer of the Victorian era, began to publish monthly newsletters devoted to various crafts (knitting, patchwork, crochet, and the like). These newsletters were typically 14 pages and cost 2 pence. By about 1915, Weldon's had published 159 issues of Practical Crochet and 100 issues of Practical Knitting. Later, they were collected into book form, titled Weldon’s Practical Needlework.
This pamphlet serves as a curiosity, an inspiration, a resource, and a link to a time beyond our memories. In using and enjoying it, you keep the craft alive.
Learn these stitches:• Bean stitch• Thistle pattern• Lewis point pattern
Get 37 projects:• Outdoor pelisse for a young child• Cuffs for a lady• Hood• Tricot stripe for antimacassar• Sleeve holder• Baby’s jacket in Russian crochet• Baby’s bib• Lady’s bodice in Russian crochet• Child’s jacket worked in crazy stitch• Lady’s vest• Petticoat with bodice for child of two• Chemise trimming• Gentleman’s waistcoat• Hand-bag• Baby’s long boots• Sofa blanket• Waistcoat in tricotee• Antimacassar stripe of plain and tufted tricot• Curtain band• Bassinette cover• Crochet fringe• Insertion• Venetian cap• Drape for bracket or mantle border• Child’s muff in tufted treble stitch• Fascinator• Lady’s shoulder cape• Lady’s combination garment• Poke bonnet for a young child• Baby’s gloves• Couvrepied• Watch guards
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