Historical knitting continues to be a beloved topic not only for the PieceWork staff but our readers, too. Embedded in each stitch is a connection to culture, family traditions, and the past. Once again we devote the January/February 2019 issue to this timeless theme—our 13th annual Historical Knitting issue. What story about knitting can you […]

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Be(ad) Inspired: Beading Inspiration

What is your beading inspiration? Is it nature? color? people? events? a sunrise? a seashell? Do you keep ideas in a journal, on your phone, or on sticky notes? Do you meet with other beaders, artists, and creative people to talk about your work and ideas? Do you ever have days when nothing inspires you? […]

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Whether snagged on a summer vacation, a monthlong holiday abroad, or just a long weekend at the local fiber festival, fiber we buy on vacation holds a special place in our hearts and our fiber stashes. What tokens from your travels do we want to see most? Your yarns, of course! Your Yarns Spring 2018 […]

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A patterned wire ring with a twist–it’s a Mobius strip! By Denise Peck Patterned wire makes adding texture and design to your wire jewelry making projects simple. There are dozens of  different patterned wires available in various metals. This ring could be made with sheet or plain flattened wire, but the twist that reveals the […]

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Use traditional silver jewelry making techniques to hand fabricate your own sterling silver beads. By Michael Anthony Cheatham You can make the perfect pendant, but your piece won’t be complete without the perfect beads from which to hang it. Making your own sterling beads is surprisingly easy–and very satisfying. ABOVE: The Silvery Spheres handmade silver […]

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Create mesmerizing sterling silver pendant with lapis and a topaz teardrop By Michael Paone Eyes are compelling: when we see an eye, we feel an irresistible urge to look. That is true for representations as well, making the eye an exceptionally strong design feature that has been used around the world and for thousands of […]

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A hand-carved metal clay bracelet with a hinge hiding among the details By Janet Alexander A beautiful bracelet with decorative pin hinges intertwined in the design leaves people wanting to know how it works. I like to combine clay techniques with metalsmithing skills. Metal clay allows me to carve into the clay, making my own […]

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3D technology takes wax carving to new heights By Betsy Lehndorff “Here Kitty, Kitty, Kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty, kitty.” I’m murmuring this to myself during a four-day figurative wax carving class with Kate Wolf in Portland, Maine. An internationally renowned wax carver, Kate also is a legendary instructor. I hope by the end […]

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Create sculptural floral forms using metalsmithing techniques and a hydraulic press By Brad Nichols In the summer of 2016, I created a series of three-dimensional works heavily influenced by the images of German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932). This series began with an observation of Blossfeldt’s photographs of floral forms found in nature. As a complement, […]

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