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

A brand new exhibition is coming to the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) Embroidery Studios at Hampton Court Palace on April 18. The exhibition, Animals in Embroidery, will be a zoo of beautiful embroidery and impressive stitches, techniques, and designs— each bringing an artistic rendition of the animal kingdom to life. It will feature over […]

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Discover two fabulous books on historical needlework, which appeared in the September/October 2009 issue of PieceWork. The first explores eighteenth- and nineteenth-century embroidery samplers made in Maryland. The second records the history of quilting in Massachusetts. A Maryland Sampling: Girlhood Embroidery 1738–1860 By Gloria Seaman Allen Baltimore, Maryland: Maryland Historical Society, 2007. Hardbound, 384 pages, […]

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Throughout history, much of women’s labor has been tied to the production of textiles. PieceWork has long celebrated the historical needlearts made by both genders, but in the March/April 2019 issue we want to shine a spotlight on how needlework has transformed women’s lives. What story about women’s work can you share with us? Generation […]

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Irish Crochet Buttons to Make

Irish crochet provided much needed income as piecework during the nineteenth century in Ireland. For the 11th-annual Lace Issue of PieceWork, May/June 2018, contributor Pat Olski shares her adaptation of two timeless Irish crochet buttons to make. Time-consuming though the technique may be, small projects, such as buttons, are the perfect introduction to this lovely […]

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Diamond Dust Wrap to Knit

In the book New Heights in Lace Knitting, published by Interweave, designer Andrea Jurgrau has assembled a stunning collection of lace shawls and accessories. In the 11th-annual Lace Issue, May/June 2018, PieceWork is delighted to share an excerpt from Andrea’s book, “The Diamond Dust Wrap.” Here’s Andrea to explain her inspiration. Diamond dust is a […]

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In the May/June 2018 issue of PieceWork, our 11th-annual Lace Issue, Mary Polityka Bush tells us about the long tradition of Spanish women wearing a lace mantilla during Holy Week, the period of religious devotion between Palm Sunday and Easter. A woman’s lace mantilla is a very special piece of apparel. Here’s Mary to tell […]

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It’s no mystery why Weldon’s Practical Needlework continues to fascinate and inspire needleworkers in the modern age: the attention to design, detail illustrations, and the charming Victorian-era instructions make it a delight to page through. Carolyn Wyborny used a veil pattern from Volume 5 of Weldon’s as the bases for her crescent shawl featured in […]

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Captivated by the timeless allure of lace? PieceWork has fallen under lace’s spell since its inception and dedicates its May/June 2018 issue for the eleventh time to lace’s magic. Throughout time, needleworkers have become smitten with lace, and Kathi Rotella’s Victorian lace square is a good example. She was so taken by a sample, that […]

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PieceWork’s 11th-annual Lace Issue, May/June 2018, explores lace techniques from around the world. Carolyn Wetzel’s stellar frisado de Valladolid-style lace medallion is the perfect introduction to a centuries-old Spanish technique. This gold and silver lacework can be traced back to the peak of the Spanish Empire during the 1500s and 1600s. Here’s Carolyn to tell […]

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