Trekking the Globe in Stitches: South America

The next stop on our tour of needlework from the seven continents is South America. In PieceWork’s January/February 2009 issue, we follow tour guide for the Americas, Cynthia Lecount Samaké, and head south to the Andes. In her article, “Andean Knitted Figure Purses: Monederos for Your Money,” Cynthia fills us in on the whimsical monederos […]

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Rock Your Spinning with a Handspun Afghan

At first glance, Amy Tyler’s Wool into Stone Afghan makes you do a double take. How do you create those odd organic shapes—with complex increases and decreases, or some other way? Making this handspun afghan is both simpler and weirder: knit a variety of textured circles and join them with basic crochet seams. The knitted […]

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Happy National Mushroom Month! According to the Mushroom Council, people harvest mushrooms on every continent. But fungi offer more than just a nonfat food full of potassium and B vitamins—you can dye with mushrooms, too! Add different mordants to the mix, and you’ve got a rainbow of earthy hues. You may need to look farther […]

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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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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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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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Everyone Wins at Spinzilla

For one week in October, the world stands still and spinners race to make as much yarn as possible. We asked Monica Bittner, Spinzilla’s 2016 winner (who spun 50,378 yards for Team Louet North America), for her suggestions. To what do you attribute your success at Spinzilla? I view Spinzilla as the Olympics of spinning, […]

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Weldon’s Mystery Project: Cloud

The name “Cloud” from Weldon’s Practical Crochet, Third Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) gives no hint as to what shape or form this pattern named for vapor takes. Another in our series of mysterious projects, we implore you to chain on and help lift the haze to unveil this obscure project taken from […]

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Trekking the Globe in Stitches: Europe

Needlework from the Seven Continents The next stop on our tour of needlework from the seven continents is Europe. In PieceWork’s July/August 2002 issue, Helene Baine Cincebeaux introduces us to the beautiful beadwork of Central Europe in her article “The Beaded Glory of Czech and Slovak Folk Dress.” Here’s an excerpt from this fascinating article. […]

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