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

Happy Father’s Day from Interweave!

We are reflecting on crafts today, as we consider everything we have made for Dad over the years to wish him a Happy Father’s Day. From macaroni art to clay ashtrays (wait, was that just me?), to wood shop projects, to personalized random objects. I lobbed the below question to our staff: “What do you […]

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Traditional knitting patterns continue to inspire modern knitters with their charm and intricate stitchwork. Discover the fascinating world of twisted-stitch knitting with this book review, which appeared in the January/February 2009 issue of PieceWork. Twisted-Stitch Knitting: Traditional Patterns & Garments from the Styrian Enns Valley By Maria Erlbacher English edition, Pittsville, Wisconsin: Schoolhouse Press, 2009. […]

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Make a Filet-Crochet Bonnet

The “Bonnie Rose Baby Bonnet to Crochet” by Laura Ricketts, which was featured in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork, makes an extra special gift for a new addition to your family. Filet-crochet roses and a customizable insert make this baby bonnet a true family heirloom that will be treasured for generations to come. Here’s […]

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Scotland has a long and colorful history—143 meters (469.2 ft) long, to be precise! That’s the overall length of the 160 embroidered panels of The Great Tapestry of Scotland. Each panel celebrates the history of Scotland from the end of the last ice age right up to the 21st century. The tapestry is the brainchild […]

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Fall in Love with Cross-Stitch

We’re delighted to introduce a new contributor to the PieceWork blog, our talented Digital Marketing Manager Nick Patenaude. When it comes to needlework, Nick is an enthusiastic student! One of his early forays into the world of needle and thread was to create a special cross-stich to commemorate his marriage. Here’s Nick to tell us […]

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Women of Pindos Soldiers’ Socks

In the article “The Women of Pindos,” which was featured in the January/February 2016 issue of PieceWork, Mimi Seyferth tells the story of the role the women of Pindos played in the Greek war effort during World War II (1939–1945). She designed her functional soldiers’ socks after ones from a Greek flyer and added an […]

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Sew a Pocketbook

In the eighteenth century, pocketbooks carried by both men and women, came in a variety of materials, from fine leathers to parchment to elaborate embroideries. Although these pocketbooks were often hidden away in a man’s coat pocket or in ladies’ pockets (frequently even more elaborately decorated and worn beneath their petticoats), the time and care […]

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Here is a simple pattern from Lace from the Attic: A Victorian Notebook of Knitted Lace Patterns (Loveland, Colorado: Interweave, 1998) for an edging to attach to pillowcases. These are knit with size 2 (2.75 mm) needles instead of the size 00000 needles knitters probably would have used on edgings in the late nineteenth and […]

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The story of people who made historical needlework and the legacy of the cloth they left behind captivates our imagination. Here are two books, one that explores the lives of 18th-century French women workers and the other that captures the beauty of colorful Fair Isle knitwear, which were featured in the September/October 2009 and January/February […]

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Enjoy a free tatted square medallion pattern from PieceWork’s “Trimmings.” This column offers a collection of patterns, charts, and instructions that have been gleaned from old magazines and books that are no longer generally available. Most of the patterns and instructions for these small needlework articles are worded exactly as they appeared in the original […]

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