Wander around outside and you’ll always find inspiration for your jewelry designs. Many people find inspiration in nature–flowers, butterflies, trees. Me? I like architecture. I find “outside” inspiration–or “outspiration”–in the lines and colors and details of the buildings around me. My small town in Pennsylvania has some beautiful old homes, churches, and stores which, very […]

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How to Weave on a Stick with Branch Weaving

Even the most inexperienced weaver (me) can learn branch weaving! The resources to do so are inexpensive and found almost anywhere. All you need to dive into branch weaving is a Y-shaped stick, yarn, and possibly a fork or darning needle. The fork and needle aren’t necessary but could make the process a bit easier. […]

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What Would Madame Defarge Knit?

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest: What Would Madame Defarge Knit? Creations Inspired By Classic Characters Edited by Heather Ordover; Illustrated by Jen Minnis Madame Thérèse Defarge, from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, knit, in code, the names of those condemned to the die at the guillotine during the French Revolution. […]

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An Education in Lace Grafting: Lace Pattern 1

Grafting Two-Sided Lace: Lace Pattern 1 Now that you’ve had a chance to practice the grafting sequences on stockinette stitch (Practice Swatch 1 and Practice Swatch 2), you can try them out on the five lace patterns. You are getting closer to grafting two-sided lace! For your practice swatches, I recommend using a yarn that […]

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Lisa’s New List: Top 5 Lisa’s Lists!

Hi, my name is Lisa and I write a weekly column for the Interweave blog called Lisa’s List. This has been a fun ride for me; in these knitting blogs, I’ve waxed on about everything from dating non-knitters to the world’s best yarn destinations. And you guys seem to like my lists, which makes this […]

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Hook & Learn: How to Treble Crochet

The treble crochet, sometimes called triple crochet, is a tall stitch that can create a variety of looks, including solid, lacy, and cabled fabrics. It’s abbreviated tc or trc in most patterns. A treble looks a lot like a double crochet, but it becomes taller due to an extra yarnover at the beginning and an […]

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Ida May Allen did not have an easy childhood. She was born on August 26, 1863, in the midst of the upheavals of the Civil War (1861–1865) and almost four months after the divorce of her parents, Wealthy Ann Allen and Robert Franklin, on May 6, 1863. Although it is possible that Wealthy Allen, just […]

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