Who was Miss Money? A Victorian Mystery

PieceWork contributor June Hall received a copy of The Ladies’ Cabinet of French Designs for Insertion Lace Cuff’s, Edgings and Collars by A Parisian Lady (London: Sherwood, 1846). An inscription on the flyleaf reads, “Miss Money Foulsham 1847.” “Who was Miss Money?” is just one of the many questions this volume poses. A Victorian mystery […]

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Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s Knitted-Lace Samples Part 4: Lace No. 12 Pattern to Knit The story of Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s knitted-lace sampler book is included in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork. Frances H. Rautenbach re-created several of Mary Elizabeth’s samples for the May/June 2017 issue. The past three weeks, we shared with you […]

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The Victorians were a crafty bunch. No household item was safe from decorative embellishment and ornamentation. The numerous ladies’ journals of the day fueled the Victorian zeal for adornment and were packed with projects for the respectable homemaker. One thing no refined home could do without was a pincushion. Victorian pincushions ran the gamut from […]

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For centuries, samplers have been a common way for needleworkers to not only practice their craft but showcase their ability with needle and thread. In PieceWork’s September/October 2014 issue, Christopher John Brooke Phillips describes the hidden symbolism in several common historical motifs in cross-stitch samplers. What is the meaning behind motifs like the pineapple? Today […]

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Knitted-Lace Samples Part 3: Lace No. 16

Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s Knitted-Lace Samples Part 3: Lace No. 16 Pattern to Knit The story of Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s knitted-lace sampler book is included in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork. Frances H. Rautenbach re-created several of Mary Elizabeth’s samples for the May/June 2017 issue. The past two weeks, we shared with you […]

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Album Quilts

PieceWork recommends a needlework book of interest: This is far more than a book on quilts—it’s also the story of the people who made these distinct quilts in one small region of the state. In this area, between 1888 and 1918, quilters made album quilts to document life events. Quilt historian Sue Cummings shares her […]

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Victorian Fish-Scale Embroidery

Those Weird Victorians Embroidered with What? Ever the industrious and thrifty crafters, Victorians found a use for almost everything. Case in point: Victorian fish-scale embroidery. Yes, gentle readers, Victorians embellished their embroidery with fish scales from carp, shad, perch, and goldfish. Sewn amongst the ribbon and thread, fish scales added . . . well, let’s […]

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What Is a Diz?

Have you ever wondered, “What is that odd little disk with a hole in it, nestled among all of the spinning equipment, used for?” It is not some peculiar solitary button; it’s a diz. Dizzes come in many shapes and sizes: flat, concave, round, or oblong; made of shell, bone, wood, brass, or plastic; and […]

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Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s Knitted-Lace Samples Part 2: Lace Insertion Pattern to Knit The story of Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s knitted-lace sampler book is included in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork. Frances H. Rautenbach re-created several of Mary Elizabeth’s samples for the May/June 2017 issue. Last week, we shared the “Lace” sample from Mary […]

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The Big Book of Fibery Rainbows

The Big Book of Fibery Rainbows: Creating and Working with Multi Colored Fibers and Palettes By Suzy Brown and Arlene Thayer Captivated by texture and color, Suzy Brown and Arlene Thayer share their fibery exploits on the blogs www.woolwench.com, www.spinartiste.com, and www.fiberygoodness.com. Their sites are fueled by an endless dose of curiosity and experimentation. Drawing […]

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