Do you love vintage crochet patterns? Then this project is for you! Weldon’s Practical Needlework includes not only knitting patterns but crochet, too. Our latest installment in our series of patterns lacking illustrations begs you to grab a hook and chain on. The Crocheted Imitations of Fur pattern from Volume 1 is a mystery to […]

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Those weird Victorians weren’t so weird really. They too adored the sensuous next-to-the-skin feel of silk. In Weldon’s Practical Needlework, there are several projects lacking illustrations, but we all know how lovely silk feels. Imagine how the knitted Gentlemen’s Silk Wristers, or Pulse Warmers from Volume 1 must feel. Divine! Yet, how do they look? […]

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Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House

The July/August 2017 issue of PieceWork features a story on Charlotte Brontë and the Sidgwick dollhouse, housed in the collection of the Leeds Museums and Art Galleries. It’s amazing how the change in scale of a dolls’ house leads to a vastly different perspective when looking at everyday objects. Another magnificent dolls’ house also resides […]

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Weldon’s Mystery Project: Knitted Collar

Have you been knitting along with our Weldon’s mystery project series? Last week, we offered the pattern for Knitted Lace or Edging. Did you cast on? This week we offer another pattern sans illustration from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1. What does the Knitted Collar look like? We’re eager to find out? Join us and […]

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In April, we shared with you some Weldon’s mystery projects: Knitted Beaded Cuffs, Knitted Rugs, and Worsted Balls. These are all projects that lack an accompanying illustration. Did you knit along? We offer up another mysterious Victorian knitting project from the pages of Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1: Knitted Lace or Edging. Knitted Lace or […]

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We here at PieceWork adore Victorian knitting patterns, especially those from Weldon’s Practical Needlework. Yet translating British Victorian knitting jargon into modern American terms can prove challenging! In “Victorian Life and Knitting” from the November/December 2002 issue, Carol Huebscher Rhoades provides insight into how to decode the unfamiliar phrasing and choose the right yarn and […]

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It may seem like an odd time to bring up Norwegian knitwear now that it’s officially summer. It’s hot outside, but summer adventures lead to great finds. PieceWork contributer Susan Strawn recently came across a 1933 issue of Needlecraft: The Home Arts Magazine. It features a pattern for Norwegian mittens, spurring Susan to ask: How […]

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Spinners, get ready to warp your rigid-heddle loom. Liz Gipson, a.k.a. Yarnworker, is back with another book devoted to this practical little loom! Liz set out to weave useful and beautiful textiles for every room in her house. Featuring twenty-one projects for the kitchen, dining room, living room, and bathroom, Handwoven Home is written with […]

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Antique French Textiles

Learn how to spot authentic French tapestries, cottons, linens, laces, embroidery, needlepoint, and trims when shopping and add an air of je ne sais quoi to your home. Antique French Textiles for Designers with Price Guide by June K. Laval helps you navigate the antiques marketplace. Inside you’ll uncover the history of French textiles from […]

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Inside Weldon’s Practical Needlework Volume 6, is a treasure trove of Victorian embroidery stitches. Practical Linen Embroidery, First Series, contains illustrations for numerous elegant stitches to adorn and embellish the Victorian home. Personally, I am a big fan of knots and included within are three ways for working knots. Here are the directions as they […]

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