On the Cover:
Save the Trees Around the
a pincushion designed
and tatted by
Marion T. Leyds.
Sewing accessories courtesy
of Loene McIntyre, Fort Collins,
Photograph by Joe Coca.
Letters from readers
Books of interest
The new and noteworthy
2001 A Captiol Expedition
The Coq dOr of Eleanor
Butler Alexander Roosevelt
A skilled needlewoman and wife of Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., Eleanor
Butler Alexander Roosevelt produced many needlework treasures during
her lifetime. Perhaps her most impressive work is the Coq dOr,
based on an Ivan Bilibin illustration for Alexander Pushkins
poem The Tale of the Golden Cockerel. The work is in the Textile
Collection of the Smithsonian Institutions National Museum
of American History, Behring Center.
The Dutch Maiden of Liberty Motif
The image of a woman with one hand on her hip and a pole topped
with a wide-brimmed hat in the other, known as the Maiden of Liberty,
is a common motif on Dutch samplers dating from as early as the
Crazy Crazy-Quilt Motifs
The unusual motifs found on crazy quilts disclose a whimsical side
to the Victorian aesthetic.
A Message in Tent Stitch and a Reply: The Politics
of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I of England
The political battle in the sixteenth century between Mary and Elizabeth
over Englands throne was expressed in many forms, including
messages hidden in their needlework and poetry.
A Waistcoat for a Fashion Plate
This waistcoat, made in the late eighteenth century of satin fabric
and embellished with embroidery and fancy buttons, was reportedly
worn to a reception for George Washington. While the style of waistcoat
was common to the time, its embroidered motif of fighting cocks
is unusual. The waistcoat is included in the PieceWork-sponsored
exhibition, Painted with Thread: The Art of American Embroidery,
that runs through September 30, 200l, at the Peabody Essex Museum
in Salem, Massachusetts.
The Paisley Motif
What is a paisley? The evolution of this elaborate teardrop motif
can be traced back to early representations of mangoes and almonds
that appear in the many embroidery traditions of India.
A Pincushion to Tat
The motif on this pincushion, designed and tatted by Marion T. Leyds,
was inspired by the 1788 Charter Oak that appears on the State of
Connecticut quarter first minted in 1999.
A Wheat-Ear Border to Knit
Ann Budd, managing editor of Interweave Knits magazine, adapted
this knitted edging from a pattern in Weldons Practical
Needlework, Volume 2. The motif makes a lovely accent
for a pair of pillowcases.
A Pair of Covered Buttons to Embroider
The motif on this pair of buttons, embroidered with silk thread
on satin ground, was adapted from the pocket flap of a late-eighteenth-century
waistcoat. The project appears in Stitching a Legacy: American
Needlework Projects and Stories, a PieceWork book produced
in association with the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Massachusetts.
A Paisley Motif to Bead in Brick Stitch
Bead an entire necklace of paisleys using this versatile brick-stitch
pattern, adapted from Beading with Brick Stitch by Diane