Happy Camper

Mimi Seyferth’s stunning scarf inspired by the “twist of crimson silk” in Edith Wharton’s short story “Roman Fever.”
Photo by Joe Coca.

I am a happy camper: PieceWork’s fourth special issue combining two of my favorite things—literature and needlework—is out!

For this issue, we take a look at plain sewing in Daniel Defoe’s Moll Flanders, rug hooking in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Pat of Silver Bush, knitting in Edith Wharton’s short story “Roman Fever,” cross-stitch in Sonoran Borders: Threads of Friendship, and much more.

Betty Heath’s hooked hot-dish trivet inspired by a hooked rug in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s novel Pat of Silver Bush.
Photo by Joe Coca.

I relished every moment I spent with these books and stories, their characters, and the connections that all have to various forms of needlework. Along the way, I’ve added several “must reads” to my growing list, including “Roman Fever.”

Even though Sydney Taylor’s delightful All-of-a-Kind Family and the four other books in the series were written for children between the ages of nine and twelve, their appeal crosses generations. They provide a vivid portrait of a Jewish family living in New York City in the second decade of the twentieth century, including Mama’s knitting skills.

And the winners of PieceWork’s 2014 This I Have Wrought: Words in Needlework Contest are revealed in this issue! Congratulations to Sue Cathey, Arlene Cohen, Ana Garcia, Jane Kimberley, and Kay Olson, whose creativity and technical expertise produced such breathtaking results. Enjoy looking at these wonderful tributes to the literature. Special thanks to our generous sponsors: Cascade Yarns, Colonial Needle, Handy Hands, Fusion Beads, and Interweave Crochet. The five category winners will receive $250 in products from each category sponsor.




This September/October issue of PieceWork is a celebration of needlework in literature. Enjoy!