Think Small: Share the Finest Needlework with Us
What’s the most delicate thread and needle or tiniest set of knitting needles you’ve ever used? Do you know about knitted sweaters with 600 stitches per round or exquisite Chinese reverse appliqué with stitches so tiny they are barely perceptible? Whether knitted, crocheted, embroidered, tatted, or lace, we want to see the finest needlework—from your hands or the hands of others. The July/August 2018 issue of PieceWork honors the exquisite handwork painstakingly executed stitch by microscopic stitch—all by hand. Share your amazing stories about and handcrafted examples of fine needlework with us!
July/August 2018—FINE WORK
What’s the finest embroidery you’ve ever seen or done? The most knitted or knotted stitches per inch? In times past, when women (usually women) were sequestered to do fine work until their eyes gave out, fineness equaled value. Now we have special lights and magnifiers. How did our foremothers manage? Send us your ideas, your knowledge, your treasures. We’ll give them back.
Proposal deadline: November 6, 2017
Send submissions to: [email protected] or to the mailing address:
4868 Innovation Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525-5576 USA
Pull out your lamp with a full-spectrum bulb and magnifying lens and thread your daintiest needles or cast on with a gossamer laceweight yarn on size 000 knitting needles. Dig out a family heirloom and tell us a story about the refined stitches. Share the fine work done by relatives or examples you know about in museums and collections. Help us celebrate the wonder and awe-inspiring expressiveness captured by needlework at its finest.
—All of us at PieceWork
Featured Image: “Thrush and Lotus Dollhouse Rug” by Diane W. Scott. About 1,800 single-strand French knots per inch (2.5 cm); sixteen different colors of overdyed embroidery floss; and 5⅛ by 4⅝ inches (13.0 by 11.7 cm). First-place needlework winner of the 2016 PieceWork Miniatures Contest.