I didn’t know I was so interested in eighteenth-century French fashion until I read Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, but now I am a self-proclaimed French fashion and history buff. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell brings together a highly readable yet academic account complete with various impressive sources of one of the […]

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Embroidered Textiles: A World Guide to Traditional Patterns by Sheila Paine, a world expert on textile and tribal societies, has the potential to be used in a variety of ways. The beautiful cover, featuring a woman’s blouse from Slovakia, makes it an excellent coffee-table book. Better yet, if a guest opens it, they will be […]

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Handwoven’s Media Picks

Looking for the latest and greatest weaving and textile books from how-tos to historical compendiums and more? Check out Handwoven’s Media Picks department every issue to get the details about what’s new. This review comes from the September/October 2017 issue of Handwoven. ~Christina HANDWOVEN HOME: TECHNIQUES, TIPS & PROJECTS FOR THE RIGID-HEDDLE LOOM by Liz […]

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Exploring Antique Needles with Loene McIntyre

It might be difficult to imagine how one tiny, seemingly humble object could have such a significant impact on human history, but there is no questioning the importance of the needle. Before the nineteenth century, all clothes were sewn using a needle and thread. Needles also were extremely precious and valuable, as before the Industrial […]

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Weldon’s Mystery Project: Double-Knitted Heels

Do you need some extra-sturdy socks for the winter months? Double knit those heels and toes the Weldon’s way to keep your feet safe and warm. What does this Victorian double-knitted heel pattern from Weldon’s Practical Sock Knitter, First Series (in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1) look like? Well, we just don’t know! There is […]

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Life Lessons in Needlework

Within every issue of PieceWork are lessons in history and needlework, but the September/October 2017 issue stands out to me because it also offers a beautiful perspective on life and perseverance. Susan Strawn, inspired by hand-embroidered mittens exhibited at the Wing Lake Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (the “Wing”) in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District, […]

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Handwoven Goods—Recycled Yarn and more!

ASHFORD RIGID-HEDDLE LOOM FREEDOM ROLLER You could weave forever with the Freedom Roller. This quick and easy-to attach cloth beam extension is available for Ashford Rigid-Heddle Looms. The roller allows you to weave longer fabrics and use thicker weft yarns without narrowing your shed because of build-up on the front beam. It’s a breeze to […]

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