Weldon's Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition

A lavish hard-cover boxed set, Weldon's Practical Needlework: Deluxe Edition is the perfect collection to add to your needlework library! Enjoy volumes 1-6 of the series as you learn about the history of knitting, crochet and needlework and explore vintage patterns and projects.
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Weldon's Practical Needlework: Deluxe Edition

This lavished box set contains Volumes 1-6 of Weldon's Practical Needlework

Weldon's Practical Needlework was a popular Victorian magazine of knit, crochet, patchwork, and other "useful articles" involving needlework. Published in England roughly between 1885 and 1915, it offered women of the burgeoning middle class a variety of technical instructions and projects.

Now available as an extravagant boxed set, Weldon's Practical Needlework: Deluxe Edition contains the first 6 volumes of the series. Each hard-cover volume is comprised of 12 monthly issues. In addition to knit and crochet, each volume contains a variety of decorative needlework: crewel, appliqué, cross-stitch, macramé, smocking, bead netting, and other lesser-known techniques.

This box set serves as a historical document and a collector's item. Open a window to another time and place with Weldon's Practical Needlework: Deluxe Edition as you explore fashion, domestic life, and the history of needlework.

You'll love this exclusive needlework book if you're a:

  • Lover of history and are looking for an inspirational resource on historical knitting, historical crochet, historical needlework, and vintage patterns.
  • fan of PieceWork, Knitting Traditions, and Crochet Traditions magazines.
  • Lover of hard copies of books, as they are becoming a rarity.

Five-star rating from a satisfied reader:

Piece of History
"Wow! What a pleasant surprise I received on opening my parcel containing
Weldon's Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition, and what an insight into life during the Victorian era. Many happy hours ahead for me perusing this lovely publication."—Review by Anna, April 1, 2015.

This collection is a facsimile edition of the original Weldon's Practical Guide to Needlework and will satifsy the historical curiosities of knitters, crocheters, and needleworkers!

Order Weldon's Practical Needlework: Deluxe Edition today!

Additional Info
Additional Info
SKU 14NW02
Product Type Book
Binding Hardcover
Number Of Pages 912
ISBN 13 9781620337417
Author/Designer Interweave Editors
Customer Reviews (7)
WOW! Dizzying Collection of Knowledge
I am a person that peruses patterns and then creates something with varying degrees of connectedness.

This collection not only provides an enormous source of ideas, but insight into techniques and design.

This will be my bedside reading for 2016. I hope my husband isn't adverse to sticks and string in the bedroom.
Review by CAROLYN M (Posted on 12/30/2015)
Lovely books, with loads of good information
Really enjoy the historical significance of these books, especially to fiber artists. Review by K (Posted on 9/25/2015)
Piece of History
Wow! What a pleasant surprise I received on opening my parcel containing Weldon's Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition,and what an insight into life during the Victorian era. Many happy hours ahead for me perusing this lovely publication. Review by Anna (Posted on 4/1/2015)
Oh my goodness, I was not expecting the parcel that I received. I had not realised exactly what I'd ordered and was thrilled when I opened the parcel and discovered a glorious boxed set of books. Couldn't have asked for anything more. Wonderful! Review by Andi (Posted on 10/7/2014)
An Incredible Collection
As someone who is relatively new to the world of vintage and collectible craft materials, I must admit I was overwhelmed by the incredible breadth of topics and instructional detail contained in the Weldon’s Practical Needlework collection. Each volume is something to pore over and every instructional engraving could be considered pieces of art on its own. Every stitch in the illustrations is so clear, I feel as though I could almost knit an edging or a sock from their pictures alone!

Not only something to be cherished as a keepsake, I could see this collection being used frequently in knitting or crochet design as a pattern reference or even a lace stitch dictionary. Have crafter’s block? Take a few pages and read about the structure of a bodice, construction of a practical knitted scarf, or browse through sections on Bulgarian embroidery and macramé lace. It’s hard to come away from Weldon’s without feeling inspired.

Reading through Weldon’s reminded me that no matter how far we come with modern, architectural designs, innovative construction, new tools, and technology in craft, we always go back to our roots. Crafting is a bridge through time, and even though some of the projects are delightfully archaic (“Night Dress Bag,” anyone?), there is something ultimately familiar and comforting about reading and using this collection. I can imagine excited crafters receiving their monthly newsletter with hope and expectation for what might be inside, friends chatting over tea about what projects they might want to try next. The scene might have not been so different from our own stitching groups today.

Even if you are already an avid collector of vintage craft materials, I can assure you that you will find something (likely many things) new to you in this beautiful, extensive compilation. From its hardback binding and box set, to its beautiful typeset headings, Weldon’s is an aesthetic pleasure to be treasured for generations as well as an enormous wealth of knowledge and history.
Review by Lindsay (Digital Content Producer) (Posted on 9/11/2014)
Essence of the Victorians
This is the Victorians in all their skilled and quirky glory. From "clox" for socks, and hose for ladies, gentlemen, and shepherds, strange yet functional household textiles, exquisitely fine laces, undergarments only a Victorian could imagine (steampunkers,eat your hearts out), to receptacles and reticules and other apocrypha, this gorgeously bound set will inspire not only crafting but conversation for years to come. It's a must-have! Review by Anita (editor of Handwoven and history buff) (Posted on 9/5/2014)
A Beautiful Voice of the Past
Thomas Carlyle wrote that "In books lies the soul of the whole Past Time: the articulate audible voice of the Past . . ." And that was my first thought when I saw this deluxe edition of Weldon's Practical Needlework. The boxed set is not only a presentation of historical patterns all in one gorgeous set, it is also a strong voice articulating Victorian society and culture through craft. The illustrations are amusing, some of the knitting and crochet patterns are, too, for that matter, but all six volumes have a diverse array of wonderful patterns as suited to today as they were a hundred years ago. Review by Karen (Posted on 9/4/2014)
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