• Herb Wheeler's Carpentry Shop
    Knitting,  Pattern Recreation,  Updates

    New knitted mitts kit in the works

    Greetings and a very happy holidays to all! This past year has been one of change, challenges and uncertainties, for myself and I’m sure for many of you too. I regret that some projects I had meant to complete in 2021, thanks to the challenges both of COVID-19 restrictions and personal health issues, have had to be put on hold or indefinitely postponed. I’m sure many of you can identify with this situation. I am looking forward to 2022 with a positive feeling of hope. I wanted to drop a line and reconnect to let you know there’s one project I’ve been able to push through the challenges of 2021……

  • Technology,  Updates

    A bit of a website fix-up

    Good day! Please note that our website is undergoing a bit of a reworking, so some links and menus may not be functional. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. It should all be worked out soon! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Citizen Science Project,  Knitting,  Updates,  vintage reproduction

    Dress of Many Patterns – lace pattern #1

    I thought it was time to write an update on the Dress of Many Patterns and share my own lace sampler swatch in progress. The pattern comes from PieceWork and is a recreation of a piece in a knitted lace sampler book featured in the magazine in 2016. The first row of the eight-row repeat staggers the diagonal of eyelets formed; the pattern is worked in multiples of five stitches and an eight-row repeat. The stitch count remains the same – five stitches per repeat – for each repeat of the pattern throughout. If you’re interesting in trying it yourself, the pattern is below. Gauge: one 5-st repeat and 8…

  • Knitting history news,  Updates

    Knitting History Forum AGM and Conference 2020

    Exciting news for those into knitting history! The Knitting History Forum has decided to stage their AGM and Conference as an online event on Sat., Nov. 7, 2020. This event will be free to attend and open to all, following registration, and will comprise speakers, discussion groups/show and tell and opportunities for research students to give short presentations or present posters online of their current work-in-progress. For more info please see: http://knittinghistory.co.uk/  The Knitting History Forum is an international society, open to anyone with an interest in the history of knitting and crochet. Their website has more info on the latest in knitting history news and forthcoming events, and as well…

  • Knitting,  museum reproduction,  Needlework,  Pattern Recreation,  Test-Stitchers,  Updates,  vintage reproduction

    Huron Wristers – an update

    I was working at finalizing & editing my pattern for the Huron Wristers, a pair of fingerless gloves. Gotta get it ready for a test stitcher or two. Wool is from Steele Wool Farm . Colourwork is based on a pair of knitted gloves in the collection of Huron County Museum.

  • Counterpanes,  Knitting,  Needlework,  Updates

    A dress of many patterns

    Hi, everyone! Today on the blog it’s all about the wedding dress recreation project: a dress of many patterns. Last month, I shared the idea of recreating a vintage wedding dress from the collection of the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol. The plan is to recreate the basic pattern of the dress using swatches of recreated needlework items. So, it’s a reproduction on two levels. The needlework techniques used in the swatches will depend on the skills of the volunteers that take part. If there are tatting experts, for example, tatting reproduction swatches could be worked up and incorporated into the dress. The backstory to this idea is here…

  • Crochet,  Knitting,  Needlework,  Updates

    Stitchers invited!

    Hey, fellow stitchers, Would you like to create a wedding dress using stitched swatches of vintage textile items? In 2019, the Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol is planning a clothing textile exhibit! Creating a wedding dress using stitched recreations based on museum textile collection items would be a great way to join in the celebration. Whether you knit, crochet, sew, quilt or embroider, I welcome you to consider participating. The sample you would stitch would be your choice depending on what your interests and preferred needlework technique. Please let me know if you would be interested in participating either by emailing me or signing up for the Stitch Revival…

  • Knitting,  Needlework,  Updates

    Website under construction!

    Hello, all! This site is undergoing a bit of an overhaul so there’s a bit of a mess. Mind your toes. I’m currently working on writing the pattern for this lovely lady… I admit that when I was knitting the original (in the photo), I sort of got a bit carried away and stopped taking notes. The pattern is a conistent repeat that is very easy to work with once you get going. Now, I’m knitting up another pillow cover and writing my pattern as I go. I’ll be posting a portion of the pattern soon.