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

Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our ninth installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are instructions for tatting a “Simple Edging Worked with Two Threads.” The material is reproduced here just as it appeared in England in 1889. No alterations or corrections were […]

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September 10, 1990 The Ellis Island Immigration Station reopens after extensive restoration and becomes the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The number of immigrants coming through Ellis Island declined severely following the passage of the Immigration Act of 1924. By 1949, the U.S. Coast Guard occupied most of the island. In November 1954, Ellis Island was […]

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Operation Kid Knit’s Heelless Spiral Socks

Mindy Dickler, granddaughter of Rose and William Sneider, who owned The Yarn Shop in Asbury Park, New Jersey, shared the introduction below to go with the Operation Kid Knit sock pattern Rose designed for the Ladies’ Home Journal. We asked Judy Alexander to use the pattern, reproduced as it appeared in the original, to knit […]

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Stitch after stitch, embroidery remains one of the most accessible forms of needlework. Here are reviews of three books on embroidery from around the globe. First, discover a collection of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English embroideries from the Ashmolean Museum; second, learn about Afghan embroidery; and third, get inspired by stumpwork, goldwork, and surface embroidery from […]

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Every August, Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland, is overtaken by a very peculiar madness better known as “the Fringe” or the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to give it its full name. In 2017, the festival consisted of 53,232 performances of 3,398 shows in 300 venues. I don’t think the final count for 2018 is in […]

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Vintage Scissors, Shears, and Snips

In the March/April 2012 issue of PieceWork, we featured a story on scissor collector Grace Jenkins Goss. She began collecting vintage scissors over twenty years ago. In December 2011, she donated the entire collection—783 objects—to the Loveland Museum/Gallery, which at the time, was literally steps away from the Interweave office in downtown Loveland, Colorado. Among […]

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Egyptian Socks to Knit

This project was adapted from Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear. In addition to the Egyptian Socks, there were patterns for seventeen other designs, all inspired by traditional, historic references. Unfortunately, this title is now out of print, but you can still find the pattern for the Egyptian socks in […]

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PieceWork Fall 2018 Events Calendar

Indulge your love of history and textiles; attend one (or all) of these fabulous exhibitions and events. For the Fall 2018 issue of PieceWork, we combed the internet in search of all the latest happenings in the world of textiles and historical needlework. If you have an event that you’d like featured, send us an […]

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