Stop and Savor Every Issue of PieceWork

There aren’t many times when I get the opportunity to sit down and truly enjoy being a reader of PieceWork. So often I get caught up in press dates, fulfilling ad requests, and marketing our new issues that I am unable to stop and admire the beautiful work that our team does.

Before I know it 7 months have gone by, and the first issue of the year is still sitting on my desk with an earmarked article waiting for me to give it the time it deserves.


Detail of scarf designed and made by Barbara Morrison from a found woolen knitted piece, embellished with ribbon, trim, and cross-knit looping figures in wool. This project was featured in the March/April 2018 issue of PieceWork, our 25th-anniversary issue. Photo by George Boe.

Just a few weeks ago, my wife and I visited family in North Carolina, and I was able to take our January/February 2018 issue along. I was eagerly anticipating a few uninterrupted minutes in a beach chair beneath the sun, while I finally read “The Green Sweater Project” by Lea Stern. The story of Krystyna Chiger’s original sweater that survived the Holocaust is fascinating, and I can assure you it’s not the only remarkable article in the issue. This is what makes our magazine, and our craft, so special.


Krystyna Chiger’s re-created green sweater, knitted from the pattern Lea Stern “reverse-engineered” from the original. Photos by George Boe.

PieceWork celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Sometimes that’s hard to fathom. Twenty-five years of stories and projects that are as captivating in year 25 as they were when we first started. How can we continue to find such engaging content and produce an issue better than the last with every publication? The answer is simple. Needlework has a long, rich history, and we’ve only begun to scratch the surface. There are countless stories that we have yet to uncover. Enough projects and ideas still to come to last a lifetime. It’s invigorating, and it’s what I think about during the sometimes long days in the PieceWork office.

If you currently subscribe to PieceWork, I owe you a sincere thank you for doing your part in preserving the legacy of needlework. You, like many others, are familiar with that one article in every issue that strikes a chord in your heart and builds anticipation for the next issue. If you don’t currently subscribe to PieceWork, I’d like to invite you to be a part of our next 25 years. A subscription to PieceWork is an investment in yourself, in safeguarding the stories that shaped our world, and in the future of our craft. I do hope you’ll join our community.

Happy stitching,

Nick Patenaude is PieceWork’s digital marketing manager and an enthusiastic student of cross-stitch.

Read more about Nick’s cross-stitch adventures in our blog post “Fall in Love with Cross-Stitch.”

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Featured Image: PieceWork January/February 2018. Photo by George Boe.

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