On the Cover:
A mat for a picture frame
decorated with Mountmellick
stitched by Martha Skeen
Mary Staley Pridgen.
Letters from readers
Books of interest
The new and noteworthy
Painted with Thread:
The Art of American Embroidery: Embroidered Dog Portrait
Pets were popular subjects for needlework in the nineteenth century.
The threads on this pet portrait, stitched sometime between 1840
and 1860 by an unknown maker and now on display at the Peabody Essex
Museum, Salem, Massachusetts, were combed and then carefully trimmed
to produce a textured surface.
Paula Bradstreet Richter
Mary Card in America and England
Mary Cards career as a designer of fine crochet patterns led
her to New York City in 1917, where her patterns were published
in Needlecraft magazine. Tiring of city life, she relocated in the
1920s to a cottage outside London whose woodland setting inspired
a series of nature motifs. Mary Card's early life in Australia is
recounted in the January/February 2001 issue.
NålbindingFrom the Iron Age to Today
The venerable craft of nålbinding or needle stitching
has been used since as early as 500 B.C.to make everything from
mittens and stockings to milk strainers and pot scrubbers.
Two Tales from One Box of Needlework
A dresser scarf worked in Mountmellick embroidery by her great-grandmother
led the author to discover the parallel histories of this whitework
technique and her own family.
Martha Skeen Schmidt
Angelinas Treasure Chest
Twenty-year-old Angelina Delli Venneri Santucci brought a trunkful
of hand-stitched trousseau linens to New York City when she emigrated
from Italy in 1913. Because Angelina had little use for such luxury
in her new life, the linens remain in virtually new condition today.
Angelinas needlework skills provided income during the Great
Depression and served her throughout her life.
The Embroidery of the Russian Old Believers
The distinctive costumes of Old Believers feature brightly colored
embroidery on shirts, dresses, and aprons. Since the seventeenth
century, communities of Old Believers fleeing religious persecution
have migrated throughout Europe, Asia, and North and South America.
Although the many groups lost contact with each other, they maintained
the same religious beliefs, customs, and modes of dress.
An Arabesque Tablecloth
Mary Card first published this filet crochet pattern in 1917 in
her Crochet Book No. 4: Filet Crochet.The project
was adapted and crocheted by Barbara Ballantyne.
A Möbius Scarf to Nålbind
Nålbinding, a craft that is more than 2,000 years old, uses
wool yarn and a single needle to form loops that produce a structure
similar to knitting. This scarf pattern uses a single nålbinding
stitch and is suitable for novice nålbinders.
Designed and nålbinded by Rudy Amman; nålbinding
instructions by Nancy Bush.
Padded Mat in Mountmellick Embroidery
Martha Skeen Schmidt developed this grapevine motif worked in Mountmellick
embroidery from a dresser scarf made by her great-grandmother in
the late nineteenth century.
Wessex Stitchery: Tenth Wedding Anniversary
Wessex Stitchery (Georgeson, 2000), by Gay Eaton, explores
the history and techniques of this embroidery form developed in
England in the early twentieth century. Dunstan stitch patterns
are featured in this project developed exclusively for PieceWork
A Floral Motif in Russian Punch-Needle
Punch-needle embroidery, worked primarily from the back of the fabric
to leave a raised motif on the front, comprises much of the decorative
stitching on Old Believer clothing. Gail Bird adapted and stitched
this project from a traditional Old Believer design.