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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 Neelework, Volume 1. This eBook set includes all four of the Volume 1 Series and is a fitting example of needlework 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. Needleworkers of that era would be amazed to see their favorite knitting 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. Later, they were collected into book form, titled Weldon’s Practical Needlework.
We have reproduced for you here the knitting content from the earliest of these pamphlets. The 148 projects range from charming to simply strange, from lovely edgings and triangular shawls to knee covers and baby knickers. The instructions might perplex a contemporary knitter accustomed to much hand-holding, but the stitch patterns and shapings are often ingenious, and many of the objects transcend the century- plus span of years since they were devised.
This set of pamphlets 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.
Please visit the preview below to see sample pages.
Knitted Gloves for Gentlemen
Half-Square Shawl in Spotted Knitting
Border for the Half-Square Shawl in Spotted Knitting
Diagonal Design in Knitting
Knitted Design for Counterpane
Baby's Knitted Boot
Simple Pattern for Tidies, Etc.
Jersey Mittens Knitted with Half Fingers
Lady's Knitted Vest
Square for Quilt in Foxglove Pattern
Shell Pattern for a Quilt
Square for Quilt in Bay-Leaf Pattern
Square for Quilt in Apple-Leaf Pattern
Lady's Ribbed Jacket Bodice
Child's Knitted Hood or Bonnet
Gentleman's Striped Sock
Child's Knitted Hood
Knitted Moss Border
Knitted Leggings for a Girl of Six Years
Gentleman's Shooting Mittens
Baby's Knitted Hood
Ball Knitted Like an Orange
Invalid's Knitted Boots
Baby's First Bonnet
Lady's Knitted Petticoat
Jersey Suit for Boy of Five
Open Knit Square for Quilt
Drawers for Child of Eighteen Months
Combination Garment for Boy of Two or Three
Knitted Frock for Child of Three
Fascinating insight into the lives of our sister knitters of the 19th century.
(Posted on 10/5/11)