Needlework

Norwegian Fingerless Gloves: A Pair of Offering Mitts to Knit

These offering mitts, also known as “mitts with tongues,” “church mitts,” or “stubby mitts,” were a traditional hand covering in rural Norway. They are a variation of…

Weldon's

Tips for Practical Sock Knitting: French Heels Versus Dutch!

Last week, we took a look at 9 sock heel types from Weldon’s Practical Stocking Knitter. As I puzzled over the 19th century instructions for working these…

lacy stockings

A Pair of Lacy Stockings Inspired by an American Classic

Love knitting lacy stockings? Look no further than the PieceWork special issue Knitting Traditions Fall 2011 for a stunning pair designed by contributor Lauren A. Ramsey and…

Scribble Pillow

Knit, Embroider, and Felt a “Scribble” Pillow

This decorative “Scribble” Pillow will brighten up any decor. Designer Leigh Radford shares her inspired experimentation with knitting, embroidering, and then felting. The step-by-step instructions make the…

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A Stitch in Time: The Velvet Stitch

The velvet stitch, consisting of a cross-stitch and a loop, is a counted-thread stitch most often used in canvas work. Known by a variety of names—Astrakhan, Astrakhan…

Pattern of the Week: Sigríður Pullover

The hard thing about The Art of Circular Yokes is, there are so many beautiful projects, it is difficult to choose which to feature for a Pattern…

A Pair of Lacy Stockings Inspired by an American Classic

Love knitting lacy stockings? Look no further than the PieceWork special issue Knitting Traditions Fall 2011 for a stunning pair designed by contributor Lauren A. Ramsey and…

Knit, Embroider, and Felt a “Scribble” Pillow

This decorative “Scribble” Pillow will brighten up any decor. Designer Leigh Radford shares her inspired experimentation with knitting, embroidering, and then felting. The step-by-step instructions make the…

A Stitch in Time: Sorbello Stitch

The Sorbello or Sorbello knot stitch is a textured Italian embroidery stitch, originating in the small village of Sorbello, near Naples. It belongs to the knot/looped stitch…

PieceWork Call for Submissions Spring 2020: Exploring Our Needlework Traditions

Issue after issue, PieceWork magazine uncovers the stories behind the textiles and needlework that intrigue and fascinate us. Do you have an article idea or historically inspired…

This Week in History: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations

May 1, 1851: The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations (shortened to the Great Exhibition or the Crystal Palace Exhibition) was the brainchild…

Pattern of the Week: Mermaid’s Net Top

The Mermaid’s Net Top from Interweave Crochet Spring 2019 features innovative and simplified Romanian point lace along its bottom edging. This top is a simple and quick…

Laura Ingalls: Lace Knitter

I’m a big Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. I read all of her books as a little girl, more than once. I read them again when I was…

Arbor Day: Celebrating Trees in Stitches

“To preserve beauty on the earth, beauty herself beseeches us to plant trees, and renew dead landscapes with the shadow and light of plant life flitting through…

How To: Romanian Point Lace

To form traditional Romanian point lace, a particular style of crochet cord is basted to a paper template following an outline of intricate loops and twists. Bridges…

History of Crochet: The Victorian Crochet Revolution

Have you ever wondered where all our marvelous crochet stitch patterns, edgings, insertions, and motifs came from? The history of crochet is actually unlike that of embroidery,…

Beyond the Basics: How to Knit a Haapsalu Sall

The term Haapsalu rätik (Haapsalu shawl or scarf) seems to be a universal title for a lace shawl or scarf in Estonia. In Estonia, a true Haapsalu…

The Art of Kutch Embroidery

Kutch embroidery is a vibrant, elaborate art form tracing back to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Named after the Kutch District in Gujarat, India, Kutch embroidery draws…

PieceWork Summer 2019: Serendipitous Knitting

The Summer 2019 issue of PieceWork has several articles and projects that focus on knitting. The history behind each is truly captivating. And each illustrates the serendipitous…

Two Pairs of Turkish Socks to Knit

Traditional Turkish socks are a challenging and rewarding project for seasoned knitters. The oddly shaped but well-fitting foot is begun at the toe, with the heel worked…

Big Embroidery: Go Big with Nancy Nicholson

Queen of modern folk embroidery, Nancy Nicholson has created a brand new collection of hand-embroidery designs for her book, Big Embroidery. Inspired by crewel embroidery, which is…

Threads of Feeling: Textiles from The Foundling Museum

Preserved among the records of The Foundling Museum, site of the former London Foundling Hospital, is what is now recognized as the largest collection in Britain of…

Our Sleeper Hit: Vintage Modern Crochet

Marrying vintage techniques with a modern sensibility has been a mission of mine for years. Crochet has a long history of exquisite patterns and motifs that are…

A Stitch in Time: Running Stitch

The history of the running stitch is really the history of the needle and thread. One can assume an eyed needle (not an awl) led to sewing,…