February 27, 1897 Marian Anderson American singer extraordinaire is born. Here’s the needlework connection to this date: Among the items in the collection of The Lace Museum in Sunnyvale, California, is a bobbin-lace coverlet that belonged to world-famous contralto Marian Anderson. Anna Patra shares the story in her article, “Marian Anderson’s Bobbin-Lace Coverlet,” in the […]

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Most people today are familiar with only the two types of wool best suited for industrial processing. One type consists of wools obtained from a variety of breeds of sheep that are blended to produce multipurpose knitting yarns such as the North American four-ply knitting worsted. The other is merino, obtained from a single breed […]

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What in the World is Weldon’s?

In an effort to bring needlework to a then emerging middle class, several companies in the late 1800s in London, England, began publishing patterns and instructions for various needlework projects. Unlike other magazines available at the time, which ran one or two needlework projects in issues filled with other editorial (including fiction, recipes, and housekeeping […]

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Unexpected Embroidery

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest Hoopla: The Art of Unexpected Embroidery, Leanne Prain Vancouver, British Columbia: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2011. Softcover, 408 pages, $29.95. ISBN 978-1-55152-406-1. Embroidery as a contemporary artist’s medium may be unexpected to some, but Hoopla upends any preconceived-embroidery stereotypes. Featuring twenty-eight profiles of needleworkers at the forefront of modern-day […]

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How to Knit Two Socks at Once Seriously, what could be more practical than this? Practical, yes; easy, maybe not! Book author and PieceWork contributor Jacqueline Fee examined this in the January/February 2009 issue of PieceWork. Here are a few tidbits from Jacqueline’s article: A 1918 issue of Needlecraft magazine included Mrs. A. Reeder’s instructions […]

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Those Weird Victorians: What is a Couvrette?

The word “couvrette” is not commonly used in today’s crafting communities, but Victorian needleworkers were familiar with the term. A quick Internet search revealed that today “Couvrette” is most frequently a surname, but that is not needlework related, so let us move on. In Victorian Needlework (2012) by Kathryn Ledbetter, a couvrette is defined as […]

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The eternal allure of lace captivates needleworkers from around the world. The making of this ethereal textile may vary, but the result always fascinates. Orenburg lace is a perennial favorite at PieceWork. Daunted by the magnitude of knitting a full shawl, but still want to give Orenburg lace a try? Look no further than our […]

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Happy President’s Day from all of us at Interweave!

I hope you are having a happy President’s Day and take some time to indulge in your favorite craft. To celebrate this holiday, I’m sharing some wonderful articles on crocheters and crochet projects that have graced the White House through the years. Several first ladies used their craft to carry them through difficult times or poor […]

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King Harald V of Norway (and his knitted sweater)

February 21, 1937: King Harald V of Norway is born. Here’s the needlework connection to this date: The January/February 2015 issue of PieceWork included a photograph of Crown Prince Harald playing at the official residence of the Norwegian royal family in Asker, Norway. The year is 1940; the prince is wearing a striking knitted sweater. […]

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