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Love Grows- A Half-Moon Clutch to Crochet

Love Grows: A Half-Moon Clutch to Crochet by Katherine Durack. PieceWork July/August 2016. All photos by Joe Coca.

PieceWork contributors are often spurred to re-create projects for the magazine while investigating the untold history of needlework treasures that cross their paths while traveling, visiting a museum, or inheriting a family heirloom. These paired features and projects are part of what makes an issue of PieceWork so special. The July/August 2016 issue of PieceWork is no exception.

“Country Living” is the binding theme of the July/August 2016 issue. The humble textiles found in our homes tell stories; stories of the lives they led and the hands that crafted them into homely beauty. Within the pages, you’ll find an elegant crocheted clutch fit for a bride and fashioned after designer Katherine Durack’s sister-in-law Donna’s tablecloth, crocheted by her uncle Bob Fry. Ann Rath’s Tidy Chair Back to Crochet began as a chat about the historical needlework collection at the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol, in Goderich, Ontario, Canada, which led to Irene Kellins re-creation in size 20 cotton thread. A common Hungarian souvenir found in most gift shops inspired Eniko Farkas’s lovely Kalocsa Needle-Lace Heart, which combines embroidery and needle lace. All special domestic keepsakes, indeed!

A Hungarian Kalocsa Needle-Lace Heart and Ann Rath's Tidy Chair Back

A Hungarian Kalocsa Needle-Lace Heart and Ann Rath’s Tidy Chair Back

Do you have a needlework story to share? Visit PieceWork’s website Needlework Traditions to find submission information and the 2017 Editorial Calendar. Just like a vintage textile is passed on from generation to generation, keeping traditions alive within a family, the tradition of PieceWork’s in-depth historical needlework features and projects is preserved by you—our readers and your passion for handcrafts.

Happy stitching!
Elizabeth