We’re making a list and checking it twice. But we’re less concerned with who’s been naughty or nice. (No judgment here!) Struggling with what to give the handspinner on your list? Fear not! Whether they’re new to making yarn or a seasoned spinner, we’ve got you covered with our top five gifts for spinners. 1. […]

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Within the Interweave office is PieceWork’s Needlecraft magazine collection from the early twentieth century. Recently, the PieceWork team got together to dig through the archives and curate a collection of our favorite vintage magazine covers. As PieceWork staff members, we had a hard time narrowing it down, but we finally settled on four favorites. Wondering […]

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Make a Classic Red-Heel Sock Monkey

Welcome to Sock Mondays—PieceWork’s new series on the joys of knitting socks. Whether a stitch-by-stitch re-creation from a vintage pattern or a modern interpretation of a classic style, we adore pampering our feet with a pair of handknitted socks! Socks captivate our needles and imaginations. With this in mind, let’s begin with a timeless classic—the […]

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In the PieceWork special issue Vintage Crochet, Mimi Seyferth introduces us to Jabez William Ridgwell (1874–1957). Jabez learned to crochet granny squares as a part of his rehabilitation after he lost parts of several fingers to shrapnel in the Second Boer War (1899–1902). He crafted a christening blanket consisting of one large granny square. In […]

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Weldon’s Mystery Project

The pages of Weldon’s Practical Needlework are an endless fascination for needleworkers of all crafts. The Weldon’s crochet series are filled with delightful patterns, but a few lack illustrations, such as those listed here. We offer up these “mystery projects” with the hope that you will be inspired to make them and then send us […]

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Clever spinners know spinning tools can be found in the most unexpected places. Whether you can’t find a necessary thingamabob or some other pressing need inspires ingenuity, finding new uses for items you already have on hand can be extremely satisfying. This left me wondering: What handspinning hacks do other spinners use? My hack: Flagging […]

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Trekking the Globe in Stitches: Africa

The final destination of our tour of needlework from the seven continents is Africa. In PieceWork’s November/December 2012 issue, Trish Faubion introduces us to “The Appliquéd Banners of the Kingdom of Dahomey.” Appliquéd banners have been used for centuries in the West African Fon kingdom of Dahomey, known today as Benin, to illustrate power and […]

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Say What? Secret Handspinning Terms Decoded

Do you remember learning to spin? Listening to spinners speak to each other felt like trying to understand a foreign language. What direction do you turn your wheel to get “S” or “Z” twist? Aren’t all yarns spun with wool “woolen”? It’s like a secret code recognized only by handspinners. Here’s a list of my […]

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