PieceWork’s 4th Annual Lace Issue Is Here!

A note from Kathleen: I get so excited when I see new issues of PieceWork—each time I get a new issue, I know I have a wonderful evening in store, reading each article, enjoying the photos, and feeling a connection with knitters through history.

The newest issue of PieceWork is all about lace, and it's full of a variety of articles and patterns celebrating the rich history of lace knitting. I know you'll get hours of enjoyment out of it, just like I will.

Here's editor Jeane Hutchins to tell you more!

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Ileana Grams-Moog's Orenburg lace shawl (Photograph by Joe Coca)  
Queen's Lace  
The Queen's Lace doily (Photograph by Joe Coca)  
Dragon Scarf  
The Dragon Scarf (Photograph by Joe Coca)  

Lace: Connecting the Past with the Present

What is it about lace that captivates and intrigues me? Its ethereal quality is definitely a factor, but I’ve come to realize what makes it so special is all the painstaking hours and hours of handwork that go into creating it.


Lace has been on my “front burner” for the past several months—the May/June issue of PieceWork is our 4th annual Special Lace Issue. I’m really excited to be able to give you a preview of this issue with its focus on amazing lacemaking and intriguing lacemakers!


Here’s an unexpected personal connection to knitted lace and this issue: While living and working in Asheville, North Carolina, in the 1980s, I had the opportunity to meet Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer. As a huge fan of rock music, I was seriously impressed to meet the man who literally changed music.

Fast forward to 2010.

While discussing the repair project of a 100-year-old Orenburg lace shawl that she describes in this issue, Galina Khmeleva showed me another Orenburg shawl with its own singular story.

Robert Moog’s wife, Ileana Grams-Moog, had purchased the shawl while a graduate student in the 1960s and wore it when Robert was awarded the 2001 Polar Music Prize for his invention. What were the odds?


And here are a few of the other fascinating lace stories and projects in this issue:


• There’s a Colorado connection: Anna Marie Jensen, a Danish immigrant who lived in the tiny town of Brush, Colorado, re-created the directions for a knitted doily for Queen Ingrid of Denmark. Anna Marie aptly named the pattern “The Queen’s Lace.”


• Can you imagine being one of the thirty-six women who worked for eighteen months to create a single flounce of Alençon lace for France’s Empress Eugénie’s trousseau?


• I’m fascinated by Dorothy Reade, who appropriately has been called a knitting archaeologist. The list of her knitting accomplishments is long, and she championed the use of charts and symbols in lace knitting to eliminate “ambiguity, confusion, errors, and many hours of work.”


• Who could resist the Dragon Scarf, made with a luscious cashmere/silk blend? Not me! That it uses traditional Orenburg lace-knitting techniques and motifs is just icing on my cake!


Lace, in all of its forms, is all about connections—connecting threads, connecting people, connecting the past to the present. I hope you’ll find your own connections in PieceWork’s 2011 lace issue.

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