The saga continues …
Recently I was researching the weaving pamphlets published by Robin & Russ Handweavers titled “Warp and Weft”. I have three issues and I wanted to find out if they existed online anywhere. As luck would have it, I found a blog that had links to that very series. (The blog belongs to Robyn Spady and it is chock full of lots of good information.)
The link she provided belongs to the On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics. If you haven’t been to this site, you really should. There is a plethora of weaving information, including PDF’s of long out of print documents. All for you.
So then, I thought, what if this site has Practical Weaving Suggestions too? And yes, kids, it does. It has PDF’s of many issues (not all), and it also has a chart of issues and years. I cross-checked the chart with my spread sheet and found two of my missing issues. So what did I do?
I downloaded them! I got “Imprisoned Sequins” by Mary M. Atwater:
And, I got Vol. XXII (c. 1952) “Planned Weaving for the Handweaver’s Wardrobe” by Marta Page, which, on the surface sounds kind of ho-hum.
But when you look further, you find the Fledermaus Shortie:
which has an oddly modern flair:
Unfortunately, actual instructions for weaving and sewing the Shortie are not in the issue, but instructions for ordering them (sans internet) are provided :-).
I wonder if any copies are still around …
The shortie jacket looks great. I bet you could find a similar pattern somewhere. Soooo…where do you get those great cat photos? Are they all yours?
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Peg, I know! The jacket is totally cool. Turns out Fledermaus means “bat” in German. The kitty pics are from @EmergencyKittens on Twitter. Some of them are too hilarious.
The fledermaus jacket reminds me of a garment from Virginia West’s Designer Diagonals book. I have her book, A Cut Above, but Designer Diagonals is available from the interesting website of the Center for Pattern Design. There are several page illustrations included from the book, and the garment called the cocoon looks much like the fledermaus jacket. It seems the band goes all the way around the edge on the cocoon, but not on the fledermaus.
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