The Victorians and Macrame
If you think of macramé and images of elaborate work from the 60s and 70s comes to mind, you’re probably not alone. You also might also be surprised to find out that macramé was very popular amongst the Victorians. If you happen to check out a copy of Weldon’s Practical Needlework (don’t know what that is, watch this fun video here) you’ll be amazed at the macramé lace patterns and projects. While Volume 1 of Weldon’s just gets you started with the basic lace techniques and patterns (of which there are many) Volume 2 has projects for cushions, bags, watch pockets, wall pockets, and (my favorite) a “toilet tidy.” (There's no descirption of what a toilet tidy actually is other than "elegant.")
Of course, there's so much more to Weldon's than just super-fancy macramé. It really is a window into the Victorian world and their particular and sometimes peculiar aesthetic. Personally, we suggest checking out a copy of Weldon’s for all the other wonderful, and sometimes downright weird, projects in knitting, crochet, netting, tatting, and so much more.