Color Knitting the Easy Way

Color Knitting the Easy Way opens with an informative chapter on color theory. Then, designer Melissa Leapman dives right in with “Mastering Color Knitting Techniques Using Stripes.” She emphasizes that all knitting is created “one stitch at a time.” Next comes “Creating Color Patterns Using Slip Stitches.” Precise instructions, stitch libraries, and ten complete projects […]

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How Did They Do That? Cavandoli

Look at the Cavandoli friendship bracelet shown above, bought from a child on the street in Cusco, Peru, for about a dollar. In the bracelet, the pattern lines move diagonally, but this technique is often worked horizontally. The bracelet is composed entirely of one simple knot, the double half hitch, and considered the craft of […]

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Seeking out something special to crochet for a new baby? Look back to the Victorian era for inspiration. Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) has just the project to honor a newborn, a Square for Baby’s Quilt. But wait! There’s no illustration. What does this crochet Square for Baby’s Quilt […]

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Decorating Knitted Gloves with Roses

The cover project from PieceWork’s July/August 2017 issue is a stunning pair of rose-adorned knitted gloves. As a knitter who loves projects with unique details, these are right up my alley. I swoon over colorwork patterns, especially if they involve techniques that are new to me. In addition, winter tends to be gloomy and gray, […]

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Trekking the Globe in Stitches: North America

The next stop on our tour of needlework from the seven continents is North America. In PieceWork’s March/April 2014 issue, Cynthia Lecount Samaké introduces us to the red huipiles (traditional square-cut blouses) worn by the women of Patzún in Guatemala. Inspired by the region’s vivid embroidered huipiles, Cynthia embellished a pair of espadrilles. In her […]

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Chinese Textiles

Author Verity Wilson was curator of Chinese textiles at the Victoria and Albert Museum until 2004 and an international renowned specialist on the subject. In her book Chinese Textiles, she leads the reader through history and Chinese culture as it relates to textile examples. Over 100 brilliant pieces are grouped by their purpose—usually for celebration […]

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The Many Lives of Old Lace

Lace is a most peculiar material. It certainly is nonessential but almost never nonfunctional. The lacemaking was only the beginning for each piece. There were organized lacemaking schools and industries to produce the lace. Studying the lives of lace after it has embarked into the world, however, is far more interesting. It requires that we […]

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We need your help! The Crochet Shawl—The Fascinator from Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) has no illustration, and we’re longing to know what it looks like. Whip up a Fascinator from Weldon’s Practical Needlework for a special head covering, or make it larger, and wear it around your neck […]

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27 Uses for Wool Wash (Besides Washing Wool)

Once you dive into the wonderful world of yarn and fiber—whether as a spinner, knitter, crocheter, needleworker, or weaver—you learn that many handcrafted projects can’t handle machine-washing or dry cleaning. Maybe the agitation of a home washing machine or dry cleaning machine would destroy the item’s delicate structure, shrink the item, or compress all the […]

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Life Lessons in Needlework

Within every issue of PieceWork are lessons in history and needlework, but the September/October 2017 issue stands out to me because it also offers a beautiful perspective on life and perseverance. Susan Strawn, inspired by hand-embroidered mittens exhibited at the Wing Lake Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (the “Wing”) in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, […]

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