Needlework

The Timeless Sock Knitting of Lydia Gladstone

In the Fall 2011 issue of the PieceWork special issue Knitting Traditions, Maureen McGinnis Patterson shares with us the exquisite sock knitting of her friend Lydia Gladstone…

Ali Ferguson

Postcard from Scotland: Threads of Thought with Ali Ferguson

Ali Ferguson is a textile artist who is fascinated by people and who has a passion for the past. Her studio, The Purple Thread Shed in Roslin,…

knitted stockings

Re-Creating Knitted Stockings with a Common Heel

These stockings are modeled after the surviving bits that we have of plain knee-length knitted stockings of late-fifteenth- and early-sixteenth-century Western Europe. They follow a very period…

Irish crochet

Irish Crochet: From Disaster to Triumph

The year 1845 marked the middle of an era of great upheaval as the Industrial Revolution moved millions from farms to cities. In the United States, that…

Interweave Escapes Knitting Retreat

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Re-Creating Knitted Stockings with a Common Heel

These stockings are modeled after the surviving bits that we have of plain knee-length knitted stockings of late-fifteenth- and early-sixteenth-century Western Europe. They follow a very period…

Irish Crochet: From Disaster to Triumph

The year 1845 marked the middle of an era of great upheaval as the Industrial Revolution moved millions from farms to cities. In the United States, that…

Nancy Bush: Bound to Knitters & Knitting for Life

Knitting for me is more than a hobby or livelihood. It is a means of binding my life together with the lives of all the knitters, men…

Cross-Stitch Heart with Quaker Motifs

Janice Wood created a sweet cross-stitch heart, which incorporates traditional Quaker sampler motifs with an alphabet on one side of the heart and the date and recipient’s…

Love Doilies?

A PieceWork article that clearly resonated with our readers was Beverly Gordon’s “The Push-Pull of Doilies: Revered, Reviled, and Reconceived” in the November/December 2017 issue. And yes,…

A Pair of Party Socks Inspired by Victorian Sock Patterns

Casually page through a copy of Weldon’s Practical Needlework, and you’ll come across a wealth of Victorian sock patterns. PieceWork contributor Nancy Bush was so inspired by…

A Knitted Diaper Soaker from Weldon’s Practical Needlework

In the United Kingdom during the Victorian era, it’s commonly called a pilch; in the United States, it’s called a diaper soaker. Either term is applicable for…

Women and Needlework Magazines: Opportunity, Recognition, Income!

Across time and under economic duress, women have turned to needlework. Closely reading a selection of American needlework magazines published between 1885 and 1930 reveals an often-overlooked…

Ode to National Craft Month + New Blog Hop

All March long we celebrate National Craft Month and what our chosen passions have brought to our lives. It’s sometimes with great thought and sometimes on a…

A Victorian Treasure: Weldon’s Practical Needlework

Many of you know that the PieceWork staff really loves Weldon’s Practical Needlework, published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Weldon’s, a prolific Victorian…

A Stitch in Time: Palestrina Knot Stitch

The Palestrina knot stitch is a highly textured, beadlike stitch belonging to the family of knotted stitches. It is usually composed of a line of connected knots…

Special Knits for Special Occasions

Over the years, PieceWork has included a variety of special knits for special occasions—from a stunning wedding veil (May/June 1998) to a sweet christening gown (May/June 2011).…

Re-Creating 18th-Century Weaving: Fulling Cloth and Shearing Swatches

Spin Off Winter 2019 included an article chronicling Sarah Wroot’s adventures in weaving handspun singles, fulling cloth with a wooden mallet, and more as she re-created an…

Exquisite Knits from the Pages of PieceWork

The Winter 2018 issue of PieceWork dives into the rich history of needlework and includes projects inspired by literature, vintage craft magazines, and more. Here are three…

Albanian Socks: Butrint Beige Textured Socks

Embark on an excursion to the Balkan nation of Albania by knitting the Butrint (affiliate link) Beige Textured Socks, which were featured in the PieceWork eBook 5…

Put a Valentine Patch On It!

Time to get out that red yarn and crochet (and knit) away! I love crocheting hearts for Valentine’s Day and made this crochet heart a couple of years…

This Week in History: February 15, 1903: First Teddy Bear for Sale

On this day, Morris Michtom (1870–1938) put a teddy bear made by his wife, Rose (1867–1937), in the window of their small candy and toy shop in…

Postcard from Scotland: Ayrshire Needlework

Ayrshire, a county on the southwest coast of Scotland, is perhaps best known as the birthplace of the poet Robert Burns. Widely regarded as the national poet…

Get Inspired by Weldon’s Practical Needlework

Crack open any volume of Weldon’s Practical Needlework, and you’ll be transported in time to the Victorian era. The projects within possess a special charm from the…

Ida McKinley’s Crocheted Slippers

It is believed that Ida Saxton McKinley, wife of President William McKinley (affiliate links), made about 4,000 pairs of crocheted slippers. Impressive, indeed! In the November/December 2013…