PieceWork Editorial Calendar 2019-2020

There are stories to be told, and PieceWork readers want to read them. Whether it’s a personal account of a master knitter (“Bertha Mae Shipley: A Navajo Knitter”) or a well-researched article on the embroidery that adorned alms purses (“Charitably Chic: The Eighteenth-Century Alms Purse”), PieceWork is the place to share these stories.

PieceWork Alms Purse

The simply stunning Alms Purse. Becky Quine worked delicate floral embroidery on silk fabric. This view shows two of the four panels on the purse. “An Alms Purse to Embroider” was featured in PieceWork’s September/October 2013 issue. Photo by Joe Coca.

People who care about handwork and who value its past and present role in the ongoing human story are PieceWork magazine’s core audience. PieceWork explores the personal stories of traditional makers and what they made and investigates how specific objects were crafted and the stories behind them. In-depth how-to techniques and step-by-step projects make the traditions come alive for today’s knitters, embroiderers, lacemakers, and crocheters. Beginning with the magazine’s inception in 1993, we have explored numerous needlework traditions and needleworkers. We’ve covered the prosaic—mending samplers—and the esoteric—the Pearly Kings and Queens of London. The stories have been poignant—the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire; inspiring—Safe Return Mittens; and entertaining—Rattlesnake Kate.

Beginning with the Fall 2018 issue, PieceWork changed frequency from a bimonthly publication to a quarterly. The biggest bonus with this change was the addition of more editorial pages, allowing us to continue and expand upon PieceWork’s unusual blend of the elements behind a handwork tradition—who did it, how it was done, and why.

PieceWork Fall 2018

PieceWork Fall 2018, our first quarterly issue.

Future issues will include core sections for techniques, including knitting, lace, embroidery, and crochet. Beyond these sections, there will be a wide variety of other needlework techniques. Issues will no longer be tied to individual themes—topics/techniques/places can include those listed on pg. 2 as well as new ones that we learn about from you. For each issue, we are looking for compelling, well-researched, visually appealing, evocative content with in-depth needlework historical connections.

Knowing the historical context unites us with generations of past needleworkers and carries the traditions forward.

Due dates are:

Summer 2019
Submissions 4 September 2018; all material to be received on or before 15 November 2018

Fall 2019
Submissions 5 December 2018; all material to be received on or before 4 February 2019

Winter 2019-2020
Submissions 6 March 2019; all material to be received on or before 15 May 2019

Spring 2020
Submissions 6 June 2019; all material to be received on or before 15 August 2019

For more, please see our PieceWork Contributor Guidelines. Email submissions to piecework@interweave.com or mail to PieceWork, 4868 Innovation Dr, Fort Collins, CO 80525.


Featured Image: The Pearly King of Mile End pictured at Guildhall Yard during Harvest Festival on September 25, 2016, in London, England. The Harvest Festival features dancing and entertainment by participants in traditional costumes and concludes with a service at St Mary-le-Bow Church, home of the renowned Bow Bells. Dressing as a Pearly King or Queen, by wearing clothes adorned with pearl buttons, originated in the nineteenth century when London street sweeper Henry Croft decorated his uniform and began collecting money for charity. Learn more about the Pearly King and Queens in PieceWork’s July/August 1997 issue. Photograph by Jack Taylor/Getty Images.

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