Making Do: Memories of Mending

Before the rise of fast fashion, savvy needleworkers made do and practiced the practical art of mending. In the past, most needleworkers learned this craft at their mother’s side, but today this is rare. In the March/April 1997 issue of PieceWork, contributor Kax Wilson recalled her mother’s time spent mending during the early twentieth century. […]

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Nineteenth-Century Embroidery on Net

The delicate neck shawl was a gift from my Great-aunt Mary. To the lacy net triangle was pinned a tattered brown paper scrap saying that the piece had been made by her Great-great-aunt Catherine Skinner. Later, more such lacy pieces came my way and were duly packed away, waiting for me to investigate them “someday.” […]

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