On the Cover:
Inspired by Korean bojagi, Judy Kettner embroidered this
gift wrap. See Embroider a Wrapping Cloth.
Letters from readers
Books of interest
The new and noteworthy
Preserving the legacy of needlework by finding ways to use and
reuse new, old, or found objects
Shay Pendray’s Trimmings
A sampling of patterns, charts, and instructions to stitch
An interview with Shay Pendray,
host of the PBS television series
Needle Arts Studio
Catherine Amoroso Leslie
Silken Birds and Plants from Southeast
The intricate and masterful embroidery on this linen fabric captures
the birds and plants of Southeast Asia in exquisite detail.
by Linda Moore
Embroider a Blue Bird amid Spring Blossoms
Linda Moore, inspired by the Southeast Asian fabric, selected
and wisteria blossoms to stitch in silk.
Knit Nordic Flower Sachets
Nancy Bush welcomes spring with two traditional knitting patterns,
the maybell, or lily of the valley, from Estonia and the rose
Violets for Spring
Since the third century, violets have served as symbols of love
and spring on letters, textiles, and books.
by Deborah Dwyer
Embroider a Bib with Violets
Inspired by the pinafore from Deborah Dwyer’s collection,
Mary Polityka Bush brings us this sweet springtime bib.
Japanese Country Embroidery
Although the silk kimonos of urban Japan are familiar to Westerners,
the beautifully appliquéd and embroidered robes of the
indigenous people of Japan’s northernmost island are hardly
known outside that country.
by Dolores Bausum
Stitch a Pansy Magnet
Teresa Iversen’s stitched pansies, when used as refrigerator
magnets, will light up a kitchen.
Embroider a Counted-Thread Pincushion
Susan Greening Davis’s pincushion with silk threads and
ribbons will delight needleworkers.
Shellwork Shadow-Box Grottoes from Colonial
These three-dimensional scenes created with seashells and other
objects proclaimed a family’s wealth and status in eighteenth-century
England and America.
by Laura Keim Stutman
Crochet a Shell-Pattern Bonnet
Inspired by a turn-of-the-century baby bonnet found at a consignment
shop, Maggie Petsch crocheted this bonnet to welcome a new baby.
Wrapping Cloths of Korea
The sewing and embroidering of wrapping cloths, or bojagi, was
often the only creative outlet for Korean women of the Joseon
by Rita Rogers
Embroider a Wrapping Cloth
Judy Kettner continues the Korean tradition of wrapping gifts
in bojagi with this embroidered cloth.
Embroider a Sewing Case
Consuelo Rockliff-Stein offers a fashionable way to store and
organize threads and needlework tools.
Evdokia Sarecheff Yakovleff Gunn: Making
a Life Wherever She Could
Despite incredible hardships, Evdokia Sarecheff Yakovleff Gunn
was a knitter and crocheter to the end of her life.
by Nancy Nehring and Ellen Becker
The Transformation of Ornamentation: European Trade Goods
and Native American Dress
Native Americans living in present-day North and South Carolina
and Georgia during the early eighteenth century used European
goods to embellish and clothe.
by Kathy Staples