Explore History through Knitting

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest: History on Two Needles: Exploring Art History through Modern Hand Knits by Annie Modesitt Blending her twin passions of art history and knitting, Annie Modesitt transports knitters through time with her design collection inspired by some exemplary work from art. Seventeen patterns combine historical design elements with exquisite […]

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Commence Knitting Socks the Weldon’s Way

In past posts, “Tips for Practical Sock Knitting” has covered all manner of anatomical-sock-knitting topics from heels and toes to refooting. But we have yet to cover the beginning, which is a very good place to start. Commence knitting socks the Weldon’s way with these tips from the pages of Weldon’s Practical Stocking Knitter, First […]

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From the pages of Ladies’ Needlework; Crochet; Tales and Poetry: A Melange of Instructions and Amusements, originally published in 1849 and available as a PieceWork eBook. In celebration of “Those Weird Victorians,” we offer up a “Charade” to delight and amuse you.Share it with your stitching group, guild, or on social media. CHARADE. My first […]

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Out of the Kitchen: A Collection of Aprons

Do you keep a collection of aprons once worn by family members tucked away as mementos? PieceWork’s January/February 2006 issue brings these familiar domestic textiles out of the kitchen! From utilitarian to whimsical art piece, vintage aprons, in all of their varieties, have become quite the sought after collector’s item. Timeless, practical, and versatile, aprons […]

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William Morris, Embroiderer

March 24, 1834 William Morris—weaver, dyer, stained glass and embroidery designer, poet, writer, and yes, embroiderer—is born. Here’s the needlework connection to this date: “William Morris is arguably the single most important figure in British textile history,” says PieceWork author Margaret Horton in her article, “William Morris: Victorian England’s Medieval Artisan” in the January/February 1999 […]

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Timeless Knitting Classic

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest The Principles of Knitting by June Hemmons Hiatt Looking for time-honored tips to improve your knitting? The Principles of Knitting is now back in print. This long-revered volume is the go-to reference for designers and novices alike. A true knitting classic, it has been fully revised and updated. […]

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Ann Budd made the “Man’s Medium-Sized Sock” based on a pattern included in the 1918 booklet, How to Knit (Philadelphia: Dr. D. Jayne & Son). A PieceWork reader found the booklet in a yard-sale bag of odds and ends. Vintage booklets are a boon to knitters looking for new techniques lost to the ravages of […]

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Do You Love Handknitted Socks?

If you love handknitted socks, we have a job for you! The deadline for PieceWork’s January/February 2018 12th annual Historical Knitting issue is looming. Below are the details. I so hope many of you will send us your submissions. We’re looking for stories and projects on socks through the ages. Be sure to review our […]

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Knitting Orenburg and Santa Fe Together

I had the pleasure of meeting Mara Bishop Statnekov and other lace knitters at one of Galina Khmeleva’s lace knitting events last spring. While it was unmistakable that each one of the 50+ women in attendance was serious about studying and perfecting her Orenburg lace knitting skills, it was interesting to see each knitter’s personality […]

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Eleanor Roosevelt, Knitter

March 12, 1933 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt presents his first “fireside chat.” Over the course of his presidency, he broadcast 30 “chats” with the American people; the last was on June 4, 1944. Here’s the needlework connection to this date: While we don’t know if President Roosevelt’s wife, Eleanor, was knitting while he gave this […]

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