Explore Lace Knitting with PieceWork

There's a new issue of PieceWork out, and it's all about lace knitting! Here's editor Jeane Hutchins to tell you more.

Buck's Point lace edging (Photo by Joe Coca)
Butterfly Shawl by Inna Voltchkova (Photo by Joe Coca)

Welcome to Our Annual Lace Issue

Lace—magical, often mysterious—is center stage once again in our fifth annual issue. Learning about some of the people from the past who encouraged the development of various types of lace or depended on it for their livelihood helps bring these laces into perspective.

Here are just a few of the intriguing people you'll meet in this issue:

• Born in Germany in 1881, Margarete Naumann spent her life designing and promoting her remarkable hand-knotted lace that she named Margaretenspitze (Margarete's lace).

• Sir Henry Borlase established a bobbin-lacemaking school for young girls in 1626 in Buckinghamshire, England; this was the genesis of Bucks Point Lace.

• Tessie Leonard, who at eighty-nine still crochets by the window every day, remembers as a child making the clock embellishment in the water-lily motifs that her family worked in Clones Irish Crochet.

• World War I veteran Chester Ross Bentz Sr. learned to tat at a Red Cross facility in Europe while awaiting transport back home after the Armistice. Tatting became a lifelong passion for Bentz, who designed and tatted a bedspread for each of his four sons.

Classic gingham apron with Depression lace  worked on the bib (Photo by Joe Coca)

You'll also discover reticella (Italian for "little net"), one of the oldest forms of needle lace; Depression Lace, cross-stitch embroidery worked on a gingham ground fabric with a wrapping technique borrowed from needle weaving that creates a lacy appearance; and knitted lace.

That the traditions of each technique continue into the twenty-first century is due to the dedication and persistence of lace makers around the world who have found them worth preserving. We owe them our undying gratitude.

Get your copy of PieceWork's annual lace issue today and join the legions of lace knitters keeping tradition alive.


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