Nathaniel Hawthorne Knitted!


Mimi Seyferth designed her fabulous House of the Seven Gables Socks to Knit project in honor of beloved author Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Photo by Joe Coca.

The title above is just one example of the amazing discoveries in store for you in PieceWork’s September/October 2015 literary-inspired issue!

  • We start off with Kathy Augustine’s “Stitching with Paint: Inside the World of Jan Brett.” Jan Brett writes and illustrates delightful books for children of all ages; each is permeated with folklore and folk costume and each is mesmerizing. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent poring over the details in the illustrations in many of her classics, including Trouble with Trolls, which is featured here. Our companion project (also available as a kit) is a re-creation in miniature of the boots worn by the main character.
  • Mimi Seyferth uncovered fascinating information about beloved American author Nathaniel Hawthorne: “When most people think of [Nathaniel Hawthorne] and needlework, their minds turn to his novel The Scarlet Letter (1850) and the intricately embroidered scarlet letter A worn by the skilled seamstress Hester Prynne as a symbol of her adultery. But it is a little known fact that, while convalescing from a foot injury suffered when he was nine years old, Hawthorne knitted a pair of stockings for the cat who then reigned in his family’s household.” How delicious is that?
  • Two of our contributors drew their inspiration for their knitted projects from current popular fiction: Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Find out about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s knitted socks in the September/October 2015 issue of PieceWork!
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

And the results are in! The winners of the PieceWork Pincushion Contest 2015 are revealed in this issue. The work is stellar–you will be so intrigued by their expertise and imagination. Our hats are off to all who entered. Thanks so much to our generous sponsors–without them we would not have been able to have the contest.

I so hope you’ll enjoy discovering all that’s in store for you within the pages of the September/October 2015 issue of PieceWork!