A cartoon of Dolores the Sheep, bringing a skein of yarn that is wearing a Boston Red Sox Hat.

East Coast Franklin Fest!

Franklin Habit is here! Last night he had 75 of us rolling in the aisles (metaphorically) while he described the “other” side of Weldon’s Practical Needlework. But first, he joined in our Show and Tell and showed us his Vitamarie shawl, describing it in detail:

Franklin Habit shows off his Vitamarie Shawl during Show and Tell.

Franklin Habit shows off his Vitamarie Shawl during Show and Tell.

Weldon’s, a company located on the Strand in London and founded in the first quarter of the 19th century, began a monthly magazine called “Weldon’s Practical Needlework”, that lasted 30 years, until 1915. There were very practical items – socks, tights, even a headdress.

This, of course, was described much more interestingly, in Franklin’s flowery style – for example, when talking about “Weldon’s Practical Pincushions”, he described his grandmother, a busy seamstress, as having “a forest of tomato pincushions”. The talk was full of great stories and pictures of items from the magazine. There were also many stories and a few articles that Franklin actually knit, including the famous knitted bathing drawers.

Here’s an example of one of the more practical pincushions – there are four different practical uses for this item, including the rooster pincushion part that Franklin is pointing to in this picture. Can you spot them all?

Practical Pincushion

Practical Pincushion

You can find more of Franklin Habit on Facebook, the-panopticon.blogspot.com and in his Stitches in Time column on Knitty.

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