PieceWork March/April 2013 Preview

Piecework March | April 2013

Until the invention by Johannes Gutenberg of automated movable type in A.D. 1452, the number of people worldwide who could read remained very small, the vast majority of them wealthy members of society or clergy. To communicate with nonreaders, pictures were used. These might be painted on canvas (the word “picture” comes from the Latin word pictus (“painted”), or, as you’ll see in this March/April 2013 issue of PieceWork, executed in needlework.

From among the countless possibilities, we’ve selected examples from seventeenth-century elaborate raised embroidery (“From Raised Embroidery to Stumpwork: Four Centuries of Dimensional Needlework”), motifs on a christening robe (“Exquisite Whitework: The Arbroath Robe”), some of the charted images used in filet crochet (“A History of Filet Crochet: Creating Pictorial Designs”), and the ubiquitous knitted eight-pointed star/flower/snowflake motif (One Knitted Motif, Many Names”).

Projects include a sweet knitted cardigan for baby, a stumpwork dragon, and the knitted pincushion that received the grand-prize in PieceWork‘s 2012 Pincushion Contest.

Motifs, symbols, drawings, secret messages–all are included in this March/April 2013 issue. The adage “One picture is worth a thousand words” continues to ring true. Enjoy!

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A Baby Bonnet to Embroider in Whitework
Mary Polityka Bush
A Snowflake/Rose Ski Headband to Knit
Donna Druchunas
Dancing Couple Cardigan to Knit for Baby
Susan Strawn
A Stumpwork Dragon
to Make
Celeste Chalasani
An Or Nué Heart to Embroider
Mary Polityka Bush

Features
Volume XXI Number 2

A HISTORY OF FILET CROCHET: CREATING PICTORIAL
DESIGNS Nancy Nehring

DANCING COUPLES: A NORDIC DESIGN FOR KNITTING
Susan Strawn

FROM RAISED EMBROIDERY TO STUMPWORK: FOUR
CENTURIES OF DIMENSIONAL NEEDLEWORK Celeste Chalasani

SWEET REMEMBRANCE: THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
IN NEEDLEWORK Irina Stepanova

ONE KNITTED MOTIF, MANY NAMES Donna Druchunas

EXQUISITE WHITEWORK: THE ARBROATH ROBE Karen E. Hooton

OR NUÉ: THE GOLD STANDARD IN PICTORIAL EMBROIDERY
Mary Polityka Bush

PICTORIAL KNITTING TECHNIQUES Anne Berk