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Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage quilting betweens needles size 9

Jeana Kimball Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 9Adding to the range of sizes in our quilting needle collection, you can now get Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 9.

16 needles in the case. These needles were designed specifically for traditional hand quilting done at a quilting frame or hoop. When using the traditional rocker method of hand quilting, the needle’s short shank provides easy control. It is thicker than other needles, giving it added strength for moving through layers.

Weldon’s Practical Needlework – DeLuxe Edition

This arrived in my Inbox the other day and rather caught my eye. Weldon’s Practical Needlework Deluxe Edition from Interweave combines the first six volumes of the series into one collection.

Here’s the blurb which came with the email:

Packed full of useful articles for men, women, and children, cross-stitch patterns, designs for various stitches, Weldon’s Practical Needlework will surprise you with ingenious patterns which are still practical today.

Originally published during the Victorian era in England, Weldon’s Practical Needlework magazines focused on knit, crochet, patchwork, and other needlework.

This magazine offered women of the growing middle class a variety of technical instructions and projects for everyday clothing, baby items, and household goods. The magazine also contained instructions for oddities such as crocheted lampshades, knitted knee-warmers, and even leather flowers.

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 of the series is comprised of 12 monthly issues. There are roughly 16 categories and over 2,000 projects included in this collection.

In addition to knit and crochet, the volumes contain a variety of decorative needlework: crewel, appliqué, cross-stitch, macramé, smocking, bead netting, and other lesser-known techniques.

This collection is a facsimile edition of the original Weldon’s Needlework. No edits or changes have been made to the original documents.

If you are a lover of history, then this collection will satisfy your historical curiosities of knitting, crocheting, and needleworking!

AND, you get a free EBook to go with it. – Weldon’s Practical Needlework: Deluxe Edition + Victorian Times eBook Bundle.

I love these types of things. It reminds me that what goes around, comes around. My mother gave me a slew of old knitting patterns years ago and some of the designs were just gorgeous. And utterly wearable today.

I’ll bet there are some ideas and designs in this collection you could fall in love with.

Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage betweens/quilting needles size 10

Jeana Kimball Foxglove Cottage betweens quilting needles size 10These English quilting needles are our replacement for the lovely Jean Lyle quilting needles.

This is a good standard size. They come bigger, and they come smaller, but this is the size most hand quilters use.

Having said that, I tend to use the smaller size 11. No idea why. I just do!

I like the way these Foxglove Cottage needles are packaged – in a little tube. There are 16 needles in the tube.

Jeana Kimball Foxglove Cottage straw needles

Jeana Kimball Foxglove Cottage straw needles size 11These are the straw needles we have decided to put in place of the lovely Jean Lyle needles we used to carry.

They come in a nice little case, there are 16 needles in the case. These are really skinny straw needles in size 11, from Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage.

They are Jeana’s favorite needle, and make needle-turn applique easy and smooth. Straw needles are also useful for basting, hand piecing and quilting. The narrow shank of this fine needle glides easily through several fabric layers without hesitation.

Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage Sharps Needles Size 10

Jeana Kimball Foxglove Cottage sharps needles size 10

As a replacement for our favourite Jean Lyle hand needles from England we have found these little tubes of 16 needles from Foxglove Cottage. We are now out of the Jean Lyle size 10A appliqué needles and they are being replaced with Foxglove Cottage sharps size 10.

Sharps needles are best known as all purpose hand sewing needles. They are longer and finer than the Betweens /Quilting needle. They are also shorter and finer than Straw needles. Some prefer them for simple mending tasks, others like it for hand appliqué and hand quilting.