A Stitch in Time: The Chevron Stitch

The definition of a chevron is two diagonal stripes meeting at an angle with the point up unless otherwise specified. In needlework, the word “chevron” is used to describe a stitch (embroidery), a particular pattern (needlepoint), or an overall shape. The chevron shape was used extensively in heraldic flags, banners, and woven tapestries. Thread a […]

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12 Fiber Jokes You Need This Thanksgiving

It always happens, right? Just when you start enjoying your Thanksgiving meal, someone brings up politics. But this year, I am offering you a way out. When things start to get dicey, and politics raises its ugly head, remember these 12 (admittedly lame) fiber jokes you can use to change the conversation. Trust me, we […]

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In 1912, when the birthstone list was first established by National Association of Jewelers (which is now Jewelers of America), fine jewelry was, for the most part, still the prerogative of the wealthy, and the types of stones considered “gems” were relatively limited. That was pretty much reflected in the original birthstone list. ABOVE: This […]

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Which Knitting Stitch Are You?

Ever wonder what kind of animal you’d be, or which flavor of pie? How about what knitting stitch you’d be? Well, wonder no more—take the quiz below and we’ll tell you which knitting stitch you are most like, based on your answers. Try All the Stitches!

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I get a lot of questions about reading lace charts. People new to lace knitting are often confused by charts, whether it’s how to read the chart or what a certain symbol means. They often assume something’s wrong with the chart, but it’s usually just a new technique that they haven’t seen before. Here are […]

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As winter approaches, I enjoy watching the headbands come out. They appear in a beautiful array of patterns and colorways, and I have yet to be disappointed by the crochet assortment every time I go outside. I ask myself, “Is it possible to have too many headbands?” And I answer NO. Then I grab every […]

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The Interweave office houses PieceWork’s expansive Needlecraft magazine collection. Needlecraft, published from 1909 to 1941, includes within its now-antique pages knitting, crochet, tatting, and embroidery patterns along with fiction, advice, trends, recipes, and an enviable number of advertisements. But perhaps the best parts of Needlecraft are the striking historical covers, which just happen to make […]

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The ability to join two or more pieces of metal through soldering is a fun and rewarding skill to have! Merle White, longtime Lapidary Journal Jewelry Artist magazine Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Director of Interweave Jewelry, described soldering as the “gateway jewelry making technique.” It elevates your designs to a new level. “Soldering lets you do […]

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Fun Fiber Facts for Everyone

Did you know that vicuña sells from around $1,000 to $3,000 per yard of woven fabric? How many spiders does it take to produce one ounce of spider silk? What is Devil’s cotton? What is Kapok? Did you know that it is a tree native to Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean, northern South America, […]

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