Recommended Reading & Stitching

I am an avid reader–there are books in every room in my house, in my car, in my briefcase (in case I get trapped somewhere!). So it will come as no surprise that one of my favorite annual issues of PieceWork is our literary-inspired issue.

Mimi Seyferth's knit scarf

Mimi Seyferth’s stunning scarf inspired by Edith Wharton’s short story “Roman Fever.”
Photo by Joe Coca.

As we were putting the September/October 2015 Handwork in Literature issue together, I went back through our previous ones. I had two reasons for this: 1) I wanted to make sure I had either read each of the books and stories or put them on my ever-growing Book Wish List, and 2) to pick out a few of my favorite projects from those issues for our new PieceWork eBook.

A cross-stitched needle book

Mary Polityka Bush’s sweet needle book worked in cross-stitch on perforated paper.
Photo by Joe Coca.

That eBook is now a reality and it contains some of my very favorite books and stories. And the projects inspired by them are stand-outs. With this eBook, you can knit a stunning scarf inspired by Edith Wharton’s short story “Roman Fever,” hook a trivet based on a hooked rug in Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novel Pat of Silverbush, crochet “Tita’s Kaleidoscope Bedspread” created with the colors of world of the main character in Laura Esquivel’s best-seller Like Water for Chocolate, cross-stitch a needle book designed to honor the women in Sonoran Borders: Threads of Friendship, and/or re-create the Chanel jacket knitted by the main character in The Flowering Thorn written by Margery Sharp.

There’s so much packed into this small package! I hope you like my selections. I also hope you’ll find some new reading material!