Timeless Needlework Projects Issue after Issue
Many of our long-time subscribers look forward to each issue of PieceWork because of the articles on historical needlework and textiles; it’s our hallmark. But it’s the timeless needlework projects that make me feel most connected to needlework’s rich history. I get a special feeling knowing that I’m stitching something much in the same way it was made in the past.
A few good examples are these lacy projects from the May/June 2018 issue of PieceWork. Each one is a portal to a different era, a time machine in stitches.
A Medallion of Frisado de Valladolid-Style Lace to Stitch
By Carolyn Wetzel
Carolyn Wetzel’s stellar frisado de Valladolid-style lace medallion is the perfect introduction to a centuries-old Spanish technique. This gold and silver lacework can be traced back to the peak of the Spanish Empire during the 1500s and 1600s. Read more…
Irish Crochet Buttons to Make
By Pat Olski
Irish crochet provided much-needed income as piecework during the nineteenth century in Ireland. Contributor Pat Olski shares her adaptation of two timeless Irish crochet buttons to make. Time-consuming though the technique may be, small projects, such as buttons, are the perfect introduction to this lovely form of lace. Read more…
A Shawl Based on a Weldon’s Veil Pattern to Knit
By Carolyn Wyborny
It’s no mystery why Weldon’s Practical Needlework continues to fascinate and inspire needleworkers in the modern age: the attention to design, detail illustrations, and the charming Victorian-era instructions make it a delight to page through. Carolyn Wyborny used a veil pattern from Volume 5 of Weldon’s as the basis for her crescent shawl. Read more…
Featured Image: Carolyn Wetzel’s stellar frisado de Valladolid-style lace medallion is the perfect introduction to this centuries-old technique. Photos by George Boe.