What Would Madame Defarge Knit?

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest: What Would Madame Defarge Knit? Creations Inspired By Classic Characters Edited by Heather Ordover; Illustrated by Jen Minnis Madame Thérèse Defarge, from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, knit, in code, the names of those condemned to the die at the guillotine during the French Revolution. […]

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Ida May Allen did not have an easy childhood. She was born on August 26, 1863, in the midst of the upheavals of the Civil War (1861–1865) and almost four months after the divorce of her parents, Wealthy Ann Allen and Robert Franklin, on May 6, 1863. Although it is possible that Wealthy Allen, just […]

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Earlier this month, we shared with you some Weldon’s mystery projects: Knitted Beaded Cuffs, Knitted Rugs, and Worsted Balls. These are all projects that lack an accompanying illustration. Have you been knitting along? Curiosity demands to know what these projects look like! We offer up another mysterious Victorian knitting project from the pages of Weldon’s […]

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It’s here—PieceWork’s 10th Annual Lace Issue! In this, one of our most popular issues, several of the articles and projects celebrate lace for that most special of occasions, the wedding. Bridal lace’s enchanting allure endures throughout time. There is no better demonstration of this than the Green family’s lace wedding veil, which has been worn […]

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Daniel Defoe

April 24, 1731: English journalist and acclaimed author Daniel Defoe dies Here’s the needlework connection to this date: Both a prolific and acclaimed author, Daniel Defoe’s literary career began with writing about politics. Unfortunately, this led to his political foes managing to have him sent to prison on various occasions. He changed course, and published […]

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Tudor Roses

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest: Tudor Roses by Alice Starmore Knitting a sweater from Alice Starmore’s 1998 classic Tudor Roses has been at the top of many a knitter’s bucket list for the past two decades. This newly available, revised, and updated edition features fourteen designs by Alice and her daughter, Jade Starmore, […]

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Martha’s Lace Mystery

People create needlework for many purposes, from practical to ceremonial. Items which are preserved and passed down from generation to generation tend to be from the latter category. Through the generations, even when origins may be muddled or lost, the pieces remain, treasured but not always understood. My family on my father’s side came to […]

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Weldon’s Mystery Project: Worsted Balls

The last couple of weeks, we shared with you some Weldon’s mystery projects—projects that lack an accompanying illustration. This week, we offer up another mysterious Victorian knitting project for you to cast on from the pages of Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1: Worsted Balls. (Yes, you read that correctly.) What in tarnation do these Weldon’s […]

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Needlework for Weddings

I wrote the following in my editorial for the May/June 2004 issue of PieceWork, “Weddings, in one form or another, are part of every culture, have existed for eons, include all manner of traditions, have caused wars, have been of religious, military, and/or economic significance, and reflect the hopes and dreams of millions of people […]

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American Revolution

April 19, 1775: The first shots were fired in the American Revolution Here’s the needlework connection to this date: “On Thursday afternoon, April 20, 1775, after a messenger rode into the small town of Enfield, Connecticut, tavern keeper Isaac Kibbe (1731–1779) immediately procured a drum for Thomas Abbe (1731–1811). Abbe’s long drum roll interrupted the […]

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