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PieceWork Back Issue

November/December 1999

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Knitting as Symbolism and Superstition in Estonia
Adapted from Folk Knitting in Estonia, by Nancy Bush, this story explores the significance of knitting in Estonian marriage rituals, magic, and medicine.
Nancy Bush

Spirit Warmers: Traditional Vests of the Doukhobors
Seeking religious freedom, members of the Doukhobor sect immigrated to Canada from Russia at the close of the nineteenth century. Irene Rezansoff brought a traditional Doukhobor vest from Russia.
Susan Lightstone

Juliette Hamelecourt: Medieval Artist in a Modern World
Juliette Hamelecourt has adopted many of the techniques, stitches, and styles used by Flemish embroiderers to capture Bible stories, myths, and legends with her needle.
Ricky Clark

Lenten Veils: Curtains of the Sanctuary
Lenten veils were widely used in Roman Catholic churches during the eleventh to fourteenth centuries. Although many were destroyed during the Reformation, some veils have been preserved.
Elly Smith

2,000 Years of Jewish Head Coverings
The head coverings worn during religious activities have become symbols of pride, humility, and strength among Jewish communities.
Susan Tornheim

The Buddha Robe
Shakyamuni Buddha fashioned his robe from burial cloth salvaged from a river in India. Followers of Buddhism have adapted the robe to their own needs over the centuries, but modern robes remain remarkably similar to the original.
Jiho Sargent

Westminster Abbey's Effigies
Effigies of British royalty were displayed during funerals as early as the thirteenth century. The figures preserved at Westminster Abbey are important records of royal fashion over the past 800 years.
Deborah Pulliam

Things to Make

Kalev's Mittens
These mittens, designed by Nancy Bush, feature the traditional Oaõiekiri, or Bean Blossom, pattern from Rapla, Estonia.

An Evening Purse to Quilt
Our evening purse, quilted by Jan Tracy, is adorned with a rose motif commonly worked into Doukhobor textiles. See page 36 for details on how to win this elegant accessory.

Juliette's Medieval Vine
The vine motif, adapted by Judy Kettner from an angel designed by Juliette Hamelecourt, can embellish clothing or accessories.

A Bread Cloth to Cross-Stitch
Two cross-stitch motifs are presented for this bread cloth designed by Elly Smith.

Crocheted Yarmulke
Meg Grossman designed this crocheted yarmulke. The two-color pattern is worked in the round with single crochet.



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