Indulge Your Passion for Vintage Patterns

Square for Quilt in Apricot-Leaf Pattern to knit. All images from Weldon's Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition.

Square for Quilt in Apricot-Leaf Pattern to knit. All images from Weldon’s Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition.

If you are a subscriber to the Needlework Tradition’s weekly newsletter, I am sure it is safe to assume that you love traditional knitting, crochet, crewel, appliqué, cross-stitch, macramé, smocking, bead netting, tatting, and other needlework patterns from times past as much as I do. The popular Victorian needlework publication, Weldon’s Practical Needlework, is one of the most well-known repositories of vintage patterns. Published in England between 1885 and 1915, Weldon’s offered women of the emerging middle class a variety of technical instructions and projects for handcrafts.

Interweave is proud to present the impressive Weldon’s Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition, a boxed six-volume set to delight any fan of historical needlework patterns. Each hard-cover volume is comprised of 12 monthly issues of Weldon’s, brimming with vintage knitting patterns like the Square for Quilt in Apricot-Leaf Pattern, vintage crochet patterns such as Bag for Books or Work, vintage embroidery patterns like A Swallow, and so much more. Each page is reproduced as it was in the nineteenth century for an authentic experience of needlework’s heritage. Some of the terminology may feel somewhat unfamiliar, but the retro-Victorian needlework patterns transcend their time.

Bag for Books or Work to crochet.

Bag for Books or Work to crochet.

A true collector’s item, this set will delight any lover of textile and needlework history, vintage fashion, and the history of domestic life. It is a perfect gift and fitting example of what PieceWork magazine represents— needlework and history, hand in hand.

Happy stitching!
Elizabeth