Needlework Articles: Projects, History, How-Tos & More

Discover three books that explore Victorian-era fashions. The first dives into the history of Victorian wedding dresses; the second covers the dresses of the bustle period from 1885–1887; and the third takes you on a tour of more streamlined fashion trends from 1888–1889. Victorian Wedding Dress in the United States: A History through Paper Dolls […]

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A Pair of Sami Mittens to Knit

This mitten pattern is based on a pair of Sami mittens I saw in Lulea, Sweden, at the Norrbottens Museum. It is a typical mitten from Karesuando, which is at the farthest northern tip of Sweden. These mittens were originally meant for men. Both Per and Dagny Kuhmunen come from this area. Unlike many of […]

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Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our fifth installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are methods for working scallops and double stitches. It is reproduced here just as it appeared in England in 1889. No alterations or corrections were made. Fig. 8.—DETACHED SCALLOPS […]

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The seventh edition of PieceWork’s Knitting Traditions, Fall 2013, is all about lace—its magic and mystery and its ethereal quality—as expressed in knitting. The word “lace” comes from the Latin verb laqueare, “to ensnare.” Many believe that lace originated with efforts to reproduce the web made by nature’s consummate lacemaker, the spider. The openwork fabric […]

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A Pair of Knitted Stockings from 1655

These knitted stockings from 1655 are adapted from the stocking instructions published in the compendium of household advice called Natura Exenterata published in London in 1655. The biggest difference between these and the originals is scale: whereas the stockings in the original instructions probably were knitted in fingering-weight wool at a gauge of about 10 […]

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Discover three books by designer Nicky Epstein, a master of knitted and crocheted embellishment. The first explores crochet ribs, bobbles, ruffles, flora, fringes, points, and scallops; the second covers knitted blocks; and the third takes you on a tour of knitting traditions from around the globe. Crocheting on the Edge: Ribs & Bobbles, Ruffles, Flora, […]

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A Torchon Lace Edging to Crochet

The Torchon lace from the excavation of the paddleboat Arabia [see Bart Elwell’s companion article, “Lace of the Arabia,” which was featured in the May/June 2015 issue of PieceWork] that inspired this project was a product of the technique of bobbin-lace. For this edging, crochet is used instead. Crochet has proven to be a perfect […]

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A Journey into Fine Work: PieceWork Fall 2018

Embark with us on a PieceWork journey that celebrates “fine work.” We travel the globe and present examples of especially fine embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, and crochet. In trying to describe the textiles shown in this issue, the words “intricate” and “exquisite” seem, at best, inadequate. Your journey begins with the example shown here, which was […]

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August 6, 1774 Mother Ann Lee, the leader of the United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing, or Shakers, and some of her followers arrive in New York from England. Here’s the needlework connection to this date: Seeking freedom of religion, Ann Lee, left England to establish the United Society of Believers in Christ’s […]

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