Linda’s Favorites

For those of you who have followed our Interweave family, you know who Linda is. For those of you who haven’t, Linda Ligon founded Interweave in 1975, literally on her dining room table. That year she began publishing interweave, a spinning and weaving magazine. Two years later, she started Spin-Off. Next came Handwoven, PieceWork, The Herb Companion, Interweave Knits, Beadwork, Natural Home, and many Interweave books. You may be surprised to know that after forty years, Linda is still involved. While her primary focus is Thrums Books, which she started in 2012, she continues to consult, contribute, and collaborate. She has been PieceWork’s guiding spirit since she started it in 1993.

We asked Linda to pick out her three favorite issues of PieceWork for this post. Below are descriptions of those issues. For a glimpse into Linda’s life, do read “Behind the Scenes with Linda Ligon” in the Summer 2014 issue of Spin-Off.

Enjoy Linda’s favorites!

Photos by Joe Coca.

Photos by Joe Coca.

• September/October 1996
The needlework traditions of the old world are handed down to the new in PieceWork’s special issue about the crafts and stories from those who arrived via ship to Ellis Island. This gateway to a new life hosted millions of immigrants as they forged a path to American citizenship. Many brought only what they could physically carry, but their knowledge and heritage of fine needlework and craft have been passed down through the generations. Descendants of these first-generation Americans reveal their amazing stories and needlework skills.

• July/August 1998
This issue honors Native American craftwork. The exquisite beadwork featured on the cover transports the reader to the windswept southern plains of Oklahoma where Cheyenne PW 1998-7-8beadworker Catherine Hoffman strands thousands of tiny colorful seed beads onto fine needles creating richly patterned moccasins. Discover Lakota quillwork, a predecessor of the beadwork of the tribes of the Great Plains. Unravel the anatomy of the unique sweaters of the Cowichan band of the native Coast Salish people. All of the artists featured communicate a reverence for their crafts and heritage.

• January/February 2008
In the second annual issue devoted to historical knitting, the now iconic Poetry Mittens grace the cover. Whether you knit them using Veronica Patterson’s ode to mittens or compose your own, your efforts will connect you to knitting’s past. Learn about the origins of fingerless Rovaniemi mittens in Finland’s Arctic Circle. Compare two pair of knitted gloves from the Nordsjællandsk Folkemuseum in PW 2008-1-2Hillerød, Denmark. Follow Donna Druchunas as she uncovers her roots in the knitting traditions of Lithuania, and knit her sweet Lithuanian mittens for a cherished baby.

These are three exceptional issues worthy of revisiting!