Edith’s Victorian Lace

Lace trim is a lovely way to personalize a garment or an accessory. Knitting various Victorian lace patterns in a swatch size is a quick and fun way to try something new and then be able to let your imagination run a creative path to a new use. Weldon’s Practical Needlework is full of knitted-lace […]

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Knit Kimono: A Brief Kimono History

Kimono style has evolved artistically over thousands of years. Subtle changes in shape have taken place, from the width of a kimono to the size of the sleeve opening. Fabrics changed continuously and no plant or animal fiber escaped notice. Bast fibers such as linen, hemp, and ramie, along with cotton, were primarily used by […]

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Artful Conceptions in Victorian Crochet

Crochet is a language unique in needlework. Learning to crochet is like learning a foreign language that uses a different alphabet, a different construction, and a different elemental foundation. The end goal in language is communication, but in Victorian crochet the end goal is a beautiful needlework fabric, usually for function, but sometimes just because. […]

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Knitted Socks: Stars on Your Toes

If you were limited to just one way to shape the toe of knitted socks, what method would you choose? I will occasionally ask myself silly questions like this one to promote entertaining the possibility of trying a new technique. We can all get so used to blazing a trail with our “tried and true” […]

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Knitted Undergarments: Knit a Lacy Camisole

Looking for a lacy project to add to your summer knitting queue? Vicki Square’s knitted camisole, which was featured in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork, will add a touch of retro elegance to any ensemble. The design takes its inspiration from Edwardian-era knitted undergarments. Here’s Vicki to tell us more: The fashion transformation from […]

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Victorian Crochet: A Sport of Its Own

One hook. One yarn. Two hands. Add a creative mind to encourage the adventure, and you can be off into the wide world of crochet. It is frequently paired with knitting: “knitting and crochet yarns” or “patterns to knit and crochet.” Yet, while they both use yarn in the creating, the process and the end […]

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Imagine putting pen to paper to communicate with someone. And then waiting days or weeks for a reply. I admit that our contemporary ways of immediacy with technology are beneficial, exciting, and addictive. Yet, while typing our thoughts into a computer is extremely effective and speedy, we miss the intimate tactile experience that connects us […]

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Kurdish Socks to Knit

I was delighted that PieceWork asked me to design a pair of socks based on the Kurdish socks Barb Sobkoviak purchased in a small shop in Northern Iraq—they are a wonder of design and workmanship. The beauty created in the midst of challenging living conditions is nothing short of spectacular. Inspired by the rich stitch […]

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Join knitwear designer Vicki Square on an excursion through knitting Weldon’s socks and stockings. Weldon’s Practical Needlework and Victorian Knitting Welcome to my new blog on PieceWork’s Needlework Traditions! We can walk a path together through Weldon’s Practical Needlework, and let those amazing Victorians show us a thing or two. Inspiration is found on every […]

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