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98/22/1 Knitting and crochet pattern book, 'Cushions & Cosies: knitting and crochet', paper, Madame Weigel Pty Ltd, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, c. 1935. Click to enlarge.

'Cushions & Cosies' pattern book

Designed
Twenty-page stapled booklet printed on white paper which is now brownish, containing a range of knitting and crochet patterns for cushions and tea cosies. The cover of the booklet is in colour and features eight of the patterns, including a koala tea cosy and fan-shaped cushion. On the booklet is printed the title 'Cushions & Cosies Knitting & Crochet' in red and black on a yellow band across the top of the cover.

Summary

Object No.

98/22/1

Object Statement

Knitting and crochet pattern book, 'Cushions & Cosies: knitting and crochet', paper, Madame Weigel Pty Ltd, Richmond, Victoria, Australia, c. 1935

Physical Description

Twenty-page stapled booklet printed on white paper which is now brownish, containing a range of knitting and crochet patterns for cushions and tea cosies. The cover of the booklet is in colour and features eight of the patterns, including a koala tea cosy and fan-shaped cushion. On the booklet is printed the title 'Cushions & Cosies Knitting & Crochet' in red and black on a yellow band across the top of the cover.

Marks

Printed on the back cover, bottom right corner 'Published by/Madame Weigel Pty. Ltd.,/LENNOX STREET, RICHMOND, VICTORIA.'. Bottom of inside back cover 'Printed and Published by Geo. Humphries, for Madame Weigel Pty. Ltd, 229-233 Lennox St., Richmond Vic.'.

Dimensions

Height

274 mm

Width

189 mm

Production

Notes

The designer, Madame Weigel, established an Australian journal of needlework and fashion in Melbourne in the late 19th century. 'Madame Weigel's Journal of Fashions' covered the years 1888 to 1891, and was the primary local source for needlework patterns for clothes and domestic embroidery projects at that time.
Much later, during the early 20th century, mass-produced and inexpensive pattern books were much easier to obtain, and offered an array of patterns for knitting and crochet projects for the home. Madame Weigel's whimsical designs for knitted and crocheted tea cosies, afghans, cushions etc were published from her Richmond address and were very influential.

As stated on the back cover of the booklet, it was published by Madame Weigel (Pty Ltd) from her home in Lennox Street, Richmond, Victoria. The cover of the booklet is printed in colour on rather more shiny paper than the inner pages, which are printed in black and white.

Stylistically, and from biographical information about the designer Madame Weigel, the pattern book dates to the 1930s.

History

Notes

Madame Weigel's pattern books were widely used in the 1930s for domestic knitting and crochet projects.
The booklet originally belonged to Edith Woodward, paternal grandmother of the donors, Susan Connery and her sister Margot Machliss. When she died, the booklet went with her possessions to her son Ernest David Woodward and his wife Mary Woodward (nee Bowie).

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Susan Connery and Margot Machliss, 1998

Acquisition Date

8 March 1998

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Cushions & Cosies' pattern book 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 6 December 2022, <https://ma.as/163368>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/163368 |title='Cushions & Cosies' pattern book |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=6 December 2022 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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