With the fall leaves as my visual inspiration, I chose a page from Weldon’s Practical Needlework that introduces Mountmellick embroidery and shows 20 ways to embroider leaves.
Crocheted edgings are a legacy born from the desire to beautify one’s home environment and the pleasure of creating with one’s own hands.
In the United Kingdom during the Victorian era, it’s commonly called a pilch; in the United States, it’s called a diaper soaker. Either term is applicable for the small wool handknitted, or hand-crocheted, cloth diaper cover.
For knitwear designer Vicki Square, the illustrations in Weldon’s Practical Needlework provide a great source of enjoyment and inspiration.
Handknitted socks are the luxury of the wearer. They’re a private pleasure to enjoy inside one's boot, or they add a pop of color at the boundary of a shoe.
A triangle is a wonderful shape to play with. There are many ways to fit knitted triangles together to construct various projects, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional.
Lace trim is a lovely way to personalize a garment or an accessory. Knitting various Victorian lace patterns in a swatch size is a quick and fun way to try something new and then be able to let your imagination run a creative path to a new use.
The amount of attention given in Weldon’s Practical Needlework to knitting stockings gives us a major clue as to their “useful article” of choice to make.
Crochet is a language unique in needlework. Learning to crochet is like learning a foreign language that uses a different alphabet, a different construction, and a different elemental foundation.