In a world that revolves around buying things, how nice is it to get free stuff? We understand that, and that’s why we are giving you the opportunity to win up to $250 in products from our store—and you get to pick which products! This is your chance to fulfill your greatest needlework desires! The […]

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The Tudor Rose

March 29, 1461 Duke Edward of York defeats the Lancastrian army of King Henry VI at the Battle of Towton, one of many battles in England’s Wars of the Roses. Here’s the needlework connection to this date: “The Tudor rose, seen on so many British embroideries from the late fifteenth century to the present, is […]

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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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