Antique French Textiles

Learn how to spot authentic French tapestries, cottons, linens, laces, embroidery, needlepoint, and trims when shopping and add an air of je ne sais quoi to your home. Antique French Textiles for Designers with Price Guide by June K. Laval helps you navigate the antiques marketplace. Inside you’ll uncover the history of French textiles from […]

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The Great Depression (1929–1933) bankrupted countless people not only financially but emotionally as well. For many women, humble gingham fabric, inexpensive thread, and simple embroidery stitches combined to nourish and comfort tattered spirits. The embroidery technique that cheered them was known at the time as Depression Lace, Hoover Lace, or Hoover Star embroidery (the last […]

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Inside Weldon’s Practical Needlework Volume 6, is a treasure trove of Victorian embroidery stitches. Practical Linen Embroidery, First Series, contains illustrations for numerous elegant stitches to adorn and embellish the Victorian home. Personally, I am a big fan of knots and included within are three ways for working knots. Here are the directions as they […]

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Learn to Tat with Georgia Seitz

My favorite Interweave DVD is an awesome introduction to tatting. Needle Tatting: The Basics and More is a great resource for anyone looking to dive into a new craft. Tatting, a process of making delicate knotted lace, can be done with a shuttle or needle. Master tatter Georgia Seitz teaches viewers how to tat with […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Velvet Stitch

The velvet stitch, consisting of a cross-stitch and a loop, is a counted-thread stitch most often used in canvas work. Known by a variety of names—Astrakhan, Astrakhan velvet, Berlin plush, plush, raised, rug, and tassel—velvet stitches produce a raised surface of loops that may be left intact or cut; if cut, the stitches resemble velvet […]

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Andean Folk Knits

Uncover the rich knitting traditions of South America in Andean Folk Knits: Great Designs from Peru, Chile, Argentina, Ecuador and Bolivia by Marcia Lewandowski. Explore the knitting heritage and culture of the Andean people. Geared toward the intermediate to expert knitter, Andean Folk Knits contains twenty-five vivid colorwork projects to knit inspired by traditional ethnic […]

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The tradition of Clones Irish crochet lace evolved from the human disaster of the Great Famine (1845–1849), the pivotal social event of nineteenth-century Ireland, when more than a million people died of hunger and disease while millions more emigrated to the four corners of the world. It was in these desperate and demoralizing times that […]

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The PieceWork copy of Fancy Work for Pleasure & Profit by Addie E. Heron (1894; reprint, Chicago: Thompson & Thomas, 1905) shows its age. The pages are browning and the cover has come away revealing the frayed binding of the folios. Yet, tucked inside remain treasured nuggets of Victorian needlework including vivid color plates of […]

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A New Generation of Tatting

Everyone here at Interweave is excited about the annual “Hurt Book Sale,” which always takes place at the beginning of summer. This was originally the sale for books that were damaged (hurt) in some way during the printing or shipping process. Although we no longer have a collection of damaged books, the sale remains very […]

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A Stitch in Time: Sienese Stitch

Named for the lovely Italian city of Siena, the Sienese (Siennese) stitch is an easy, wide-line stitch in the generic looped-stitch family. The first examples of this stitch and the resulting distinctive Sienese embroidery were shown at the Siena Samples Fair in 1921. At the same time, Maria Martini Mari, then president of the National […]

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