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Piecework November | December 2013

This issue is all about collecting and collections and about myriad treasure hidden everywhere, from museums to attics, whether located two blocks away or as far away as India.


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Here are some highlights:

Author Mary Lycan’s search on a historical society’s website resulted in the discovery of Clara Barrows’s mittens, knitted about 1875; she recounts her sleuthing in “The Roosters in the Gore: A Connecticut Mitten Mystery in Two Museums,” page 8.

Lily Chin introduces her family’s traditional Chinese baby carrier (mei tai) and provides instructions for knitting your own in “Chinese Silk Baby Carrier to Knit,” page 36.

 A reader told us about a small museum on the Greek island of Leada that contains numerous embroidered pieces from the 1920s. We asked Mary Bush to find out more; read about what she discovered in “Maria Stavraka and the Embroidery of Karya,” page 40.

Reading an out-of-date Lonely Planet travel guide to India set Cynthia Harvey Baker on a quest to locate the “oldest piece of cotton cloth in the world.” She describes her efforts in “The Archaeology of Cotton: A Quest,” page 56.

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Clara Barrows’s Mittens
Mary Lycan
Young Girl’s Kitchen Towel
Laurel Lohnson
Fox Traveling Bag
Toni Rexroat
Chinese Silk Baby Carrier
Lily Chin
Karsaniko Coaster
Mary Bush
Ida McKinley’s Slippers
Julie Holetz
Gladys’s Washcloth
Sara Lamb