Meet a PieceWork Designer

Daniela Nii’s re-creation of a vintage purse. All photos by Joe Coca.

Daniela Nii’s re-creation of a vintage purse. All photos by Joe Coca.

During the course of an average day in the PieceWork office, I am in frequent contact with both contributors and readers. One of the best parts of the recent Interweave Yarn Fest, which was held March 31–April 3, 2016, in Loveland, Colorado, was meeting so many wonderful people in person. Events like Yarn Fest make it possible to put faces to the names I’ve grown to respect and admire—the people who share their passion and talent on the pages of each issue of PieceWork.

One of these is the multitalented Daniela Nii. Daniela was at Yarn Fest teaching several classes over the weekend, including Crochet for Knitters, Infinity Cables, and Beginning Shuttle Tatting. I was lucky enough to run into her at Friday night’s Yarn Along where she was sitting at a table displaying a few of her latest creations. I was personally smitten by the delicate tatted jewelry she was wearing that evening. Learning to tat is on my personal to-do list.

Detail of A Vintage Purse to Crochet by Daniela Nii

Detail of A Vintage Purse to Crochet by Daniela Nii

Daniela’s diverse skill set and impeccable sense of design are featured in PieceWork’s 9th annual lace issue. For this May/June 2016 issue, she re-created an exquisite delicate vintage silver and gold bag that was purchased from an antiques store by frequent PieceWork contributor Galina Khmeleva (another wonderful designer I met at Yarn Fest). Daniela re-created the bag, using modern metallic threads. Make your own special bag with vintage flair, using Daniella’s step-by-step instructions.

Happy stitching!
Elizabeth