PieceWork September/October 2013 Preview

Piecework September | October 2013

Welcome to PieceWork’s twentieth anniversary edition devoted to Treasured Bags. In her eloquent article, “Treasured Bags: Places to Keep Things,” Veronica Patterson, PieceWork’s first editor, discusses five bags from her collection and their connections to PieceWork. Veronica says: “‘And what is a stitch for?’ I remember writing for the cover of the September/October 1993 issue, ‘To hold. It binds past to present, old country to new, generation to generation.’”

Also in this issue are a variety of other bags meant to hold treasures, including eight projects with step-by-step instructions so you can knit, crochet, embroider, or nålbind them yourself. Among them are two based on an Islamic Egyptian fragment, a Swedish tinder pouch, an 1862 charity purse, and an eighteenth-century alms purse. (The alms purse was designed and embroidered by a very talented student at the Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace in England; many thanks to the Royal School for connecting us to her.)

Stories about bags are included as well. “Charitably Chic: The Eighteenth-Century Alms Purse” takes you back to the pomp and splendor of the French court when small but exquisitely made purses were used to solicit alms during Sunday mass in the Royal Chapel at Versailles. “Istanbul on My Mind” centers on a small, precisely crocheted Turkish purse that the author found in an antiques store. And you can puzzle with the experts about “The Iklé Fragment: Knitting or Not?”

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A Pouch Based on the Iklé Fragment 
Karen Sullivan
A Charity Purse to Crochet
Bart Elwell
 
A Turkish Purse to Knit
Sarah Shippen
Sacred Winged Messenger: A First Nations–Style Button Bag 
Sandi Wiseheart
 

4 TREASURED BAGS: PLACES TO KEEP THINGS Veronica Patterson

8 CHARITABLY CHIC: THE EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY ALMS PURSE Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell

12 An Alms Purse to Embroider Becky Quine

20 A Tinder Pouch to Knit Nancy Bush

23 NORDIC WAIST PURSES: PRACTICAL AND BEAUTIFUL Mary B. Kelly

26 Addie Heron’s Purse to Bead-Crochet Karen C. K. Ballard

30 THE IKLÉ FRAGMENT: KNITTING OR NOT? Chris Laning

32 A Bag with Iklé Birds to Knit Chris Laning

34 A Pouch Based on the Iklé Fragment to Nålbind Karen Sullivan

38 FANCYWORK FOR CHARITY DURING THE CIVIL-WAR YEARS Beverly Gordon

40 A Charity Purse to Crochet Bart Elwell

46 ISTANBUL ON MY MIND Donna Druchunas

48 GAWTHORPE TEXTILES COLLECTION Jennie Pitceathly

49 A Turkish Purse to Knit Sarah Shippen

55 Sacred Winged Messenger: A Pacific Northwest Coast First Nations–Style Button Bag Sandi Wiseheart