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PieceWork Back Issue

September/October 2001


On the Cover:

Save the Trees Around the
World, a pincushion designed
and tatted by
Marion T. Leyds.
Sewing accessories courtesy
of Loene McIntyre, Fort Collins,
Photograph by Joe Coca.

Editor's letter
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Product News
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The new and noteworthy
2001 A Captiol Expedition





The Coq d’Or 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 d’Or, based on an Ivan Bilibin illustration for Alexander Pushkin’s poem The Tale of the Golden Cockerel. The work is in the Textile Collection of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Behring Center.
Marjorie Littlejohn

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 seventeenth century.
Elly Smith

Crazy Crazy-Quilt Motifs
The unusual motifs found on crazy quilts disclose a whimsical side to the Victorian aesthetic.
Betty Pillsbury

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 England’s throne was expressed in many forms, including messages hidden in their needlework and poetry.
Joanne Gaudio

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.
Brinda Gill


Things to Make

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 Weldon’s 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 Fitzgerald.


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