Griffins and Toilet Tidies

As you may or may not have already known, Interweave has recently released an absolutely epic 6-volume set of Weldon’s Practical Needlework. As a result, instead of writing and researching serious articles like weaving with dog hair or dressing up like zombies, we here at BeWeave It have been amusing ourselves to no end with these books—there’s just so much to learn. So here are the top five things we’ve learned so far from Weldon’s:

  1. The Victorians really liked applique griffins, although most of them look like dragon-chickens rather than majestic eagle-lions. (We still love them.) It's totally worth looking through the applique section just to look at the variety of griffins available.

    Behold! It is a magestic Weldon griffin! It's totally not a dragon-chicken!
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  2. The Victorians did EVERYTHING. We don't mean they simply knit, crocheted and embroidered. There’s also smocking, netting, crewel work, macramé, tatting, and just about anything else you can imagine. (Well, except handweaving, although volume 5 does include some fabulous hemstitching and thread work.)

  3. There’s no such thing as too much lace or too many ruffles or tassels. If anything, you should think of more ways to incorporate these things into your life. For example, forget regular trash cans—make yourself a macrame toilet tidy for the hair you pull out of your hairbrush. Don't you feel fancier already just thinking about it?
  4. You can make a watch pocket for your pocket watch, although that might create a paradox. (We’ll get back to you on that one.)
  5. You know those ridiculous sausage-shaped throw pillows? Apparently they used to serve a purpose. Known as “slumber rolls” they would have a rope attached so you could hang one from the back of your chair and use it while you slept sitting down. Who knew?

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