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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.

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Reading an out-of-date Lonely Planet travel guide to India set Cynthia Harvey Baker on a quest to locate the “oldest piece of cotton cloth in the world.”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

Volume XXIII, Number 1

The Lace Socks of Spanish Charra Dancers
Donna Druchunas

Lace Dancing Socks from Spain
Donna Druchunas

Fashion for All: Garments Knitted from Wool Yarn in Elizabethan England
Lesley O’Connell Edwards

Taranaki Armed Constabulary Rugby Team and Gentleman’s Under-Shirt
Mary Lycan and Mrs. George Cupples

Finnish Folk Museums: Conserving Local Textile Culture in Rural Areas
Carol Huebscher Rhoades

Sweater Traditions from Finland: Vörå-Inspired Arm Warmers
Carol Huebscher Rhoades

Mary Rowlandson: Knitting in Captivity
Veronica Patterson

Tell Them of Us: Knitting Vintage Garments for a World War I–Era Movie
Melanie Smith

Tell Them of Us Baby Bib
Melanie Smith

A Crown Prince, a Knitted Sweater, and Escape from Nazi Invasion
Laura Ricketts

The Crown Prince’s Sweater
Laura Ricketts

Eesti Tanumüts: A Symbol of Estonian Nationality
Nancy Bush

Aire’s Eesti Müts
Nancy Bush

Remembering the Humanitarian Project That Time Forgot
Marc Shapiro

Operation Kid Knit’s Heelless Spiral Socks