On the Cover:
A perforated paper box cross-stitched with silk floss. See
instructions on page 27.
Scissors courtesy of Loene McIntyre, Fort Collins, Colorado.
Watercolors by Ann Swanson.
Photograph by Joe Coca.
Letters from readers
Books of interest
The new and noteworthy
from the Nowotny Collection
The Nowotny Shop in Vienna, Austria, purveyors of needlework supplies
for nearly 200 years, has a strong record of commissioning leading
designers to create original patterns. A collection of some of
these historic charts, excerpted from Raffaella Serenas
Animal Embroideries and Patterns from 19th Century Vienna, are
presented here. For information on how to win a copy of Animal
Embroideries and Patterns from 19th Century Vienna, see page 26.
By Raffaella Serena
The plush stitch was a popular means of creating raised, sculpted
embroidery in Berlin woolwork during the mid-nineteenth century.
Three animal embroideries from the collection of the Smithsonian
Institutions National Museum of American History, Behring
Center, are fine examples of this technique.
By Sheryl De Jong
The Cattley Animals
The Cattley children of Ealing, a London suburb, had a collection
of stuffed animals, including nine bears, three rabbits, a dog,
and an elephant named Pumpie, which they clothed and treated as
members of the family. In the l970s, the last surviving Cattley
sibling donated the collection, along with watercolor paintings
of the animals, to the Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green.
By Deborah Pulliam
Lacy Griffins, Tigers, Bears, and Peacocks
Some of the earliest surviving pieces of lace are neither delicate
nor floral but depict animals and mythical beasts often adapted
from illustrations in medieval bestiaries or German and Italian
pattern books from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
By Elaine Merritt
Enchanting Half Dolls
During the mid-nineteenth century, molded porcelain, bisque, plaster,
wood, wax, papier-mâché, and composition-compound
half dolls fitted with gathered fabric skirts were used to protect
powder puffs and clothes brushes or serve as pincushions. Well-preserved
examples can be worth hundreds of dollars to collectors today.
By Mary Polityka Bush
Reflections on Fashion, Dolls, and the Art
of Growing Up
An exhibition of the same name at the American Textile History
Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, explores the importance of dolls
and fashion in the development of young girls over the past 200
years. This is the first of two articles by the curators of the
By Deborah E. Kraak and Barbara C. Abrams
Victorian Life and Knitting
The Weldons Practical Needlework series contains not only
a glimpse of the fashions and needlework techniques of the Victorian
period but also insights into late-nineteenth-century social concerns
By Carol Huebscher Rhoades
A Perforated Paper Box
This project is one of twenty-four projects designed by Ann Caswell
for Stitching a Legacy: American Needlework Projects and Stories.
Hand-dyed silk threads bring the butterfly motif on this box to
Pretty Cuffs to Knit
These cuffs, adapted by Carol Huebscher Rhoades from Weldons
Practical Knitter, 15th Series in Weldons Practical
Needlework, Volume 5, are knitted with cashmere and silk yarn
to provide warmth and comfort on cold winter days.
Stitch in Time
The Upright Cross-Stitch
Deanna Hall West
An Elizabethan-Inspired Band Sampler to Stitch,
This is the second part of a sampler whose first part appeared
in the September/October 2002 issue. Elizabethan motifs and techniques
are given new life with todays flosses and ribbon and bead
accents. Designed and stitched
by Jill Cater Nixon.
A Silk Ribbon Frame to Embroider
Flowers stitched with hand-dyed variegated silk ribbon accent
this petite frame designed by Deanna Hall West and stitched by
A Pincushion Doll to Stitch
Mary Polityka Bush used silk floss to embroider these pincushion
skirts with scroll and flower motifs for a porcelain half doll.