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Detail of A Book Cover in Crewel Embroidery to Stitch by Kathy Augustine. PW March/April 2016; Photo by Joe Coca.

Detail of A Book Cover in Crewel Embroidery to Stitch by Kathy Augustine. PW March/April 2016; Photo by Joe Coca

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There is nothing quite like the feeling of needle and thread—or yarn—in my hands. Knitting, crochet, and embroidery connect me to my mother and my grandmothers and on back through generations of makers. For this reason, S. Melissa Winders’s feature in the March/April 2016 issue of PieceWork still resonates with me. Her account of her great-grandmother Susie Whitehead Waller‘s handwork makes me think of my own fascination with the handknit afghans, crochet edgings on linen pillowcases, and needlepointed pillows that adorned my grandparents homes. These are indeed cherished memories!

“Mama Waller,” as Susie Whitehead Waller (July 12, 1888–July 7, 1973) was known, was a prolific needleworker, adding crochet edgings and embroidery to the pillowcases and dresser cloths that made her house a home. Within the pages of each issue of PieceWork are stories just like this one that move our designers and authors to create historically inspired patterns.

Detail of the crochet edging on Susie Whitehead Waller’s Waterlily embroidered pillowcase. Photograph courtesy of S. Melissa Winders. The Double Rose-Leaf pattern featured in the second series of Weldon’s Practical Knitter reknit by Carol Huebscher Rhoades. PW march/April 2016; Photo by Joe Coca.

Detail of the crochet edging on Susie Whitehead Waller’s Waterlily embroidered pillowcase. Photograph courtesy of S. Melissa Winders. The Double Rose-Leaf pattern featured in the second series of Weldon’s Practical Knitter reknit by Carol Huebscher Rhoades. PW march/April 2016; Photo by Joe Coca.

Also from the March/April 2016 issue are Carol Huebscher Rhoades’s take on the Double Rose-Leaf Pattern to Knit, a vintage knitting pattern from the second series of Weldon’s Practical Knitter, and Kathy Augustine’s Book Cover in Crewel Embroidery to Stitch, an ode to Elizabeth Terry’s coverlet, which resides in the collection of the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania. All of these lovely patterns are now available individually from the Interweave Store.

Many of us are fortunate to have in our personal collections the needlework handed down within our families. Our November/December 2017 issue will focus on these collections, on both our personal accumulation of textile treasures and those housed inside the walls of museums and historical societies. If you have or know about a collection that you would like to share with PieceWork readers, visit www.needleworktraditions.com/piecework-submissions.

Other wonderful projects from PieceWork whose designs are based on the foundations of needlework’s traditions are available as individual patterns. For many, it is the stories that accompany these knitting, crochet, and embroidery designs which truly make the work of our hands come to life.

Happy stitching!
Elizabeth