Welcome to the wonderful world of knitted socks from Weldon’s, a paper-pattern company that flourished in London in the last decades of the nineteenth century and became a household name during the last decades of the Victorian era. Among the company’s endeavors were monthly newsletters, sold by subscription, featuring patterns and projects devoted to a […]

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Discover three books that explore Victorian-era fashions. The first dives into the history of Victorian wedding dresses; the second covers the dresses of the bustle period from 1885–1887; and the third takes you on a tour of more streamlined fashion trends from 1888–1889. Victorian Wedding Dress in the United States: A History through Paper Dolls […]

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Discover three books by designer Nicky Epstein, a master of knitted and crocheted embellishment. The first explores crochet ribs, bobbles, ruffles, flora, fringes, points, and scallops; the second covers knitted blocks; and the third takes you on a tour of knitting traditions from around the globe. Crocheting on the Edge: Ribs & Bobbles, Ruffles, Flora, […]

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What is your beading inspiration? Is it nature? color? people? events? a sunrise? a seashell? Do you keep ideas in a journal, on your phone, or on sticky notes? Do you meet with other beaders, artists, and creative people to talk about your work and ideas? Do you ever have days when nothing inspires you? […]

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Bead Fest is right around the corner and we’re gearing up for a great show. We can’t wait to welcome you and help you have a wonderful experience, whether taking a class, shopping, visiting with friends, or all of the above. A recent team conversation included some fun (and useful) tips on how to approach […]

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Discover two brilliant books on knitting and high fashion, which appeared in the March/April 2013 issue of PieceWork. The first explores the knitting collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum; the second is a resource for those who adore fashion. Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft By Sandy Black London: V&A Publishing, 2012; distributed by Abrams, New […]

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