Needlework

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…

Ayrshire needlework

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…

Weldon’s Practical Needlework

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…

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PieceWork Spring 2019 Events Calendar

Indulge your love of history and textiles; attend one (or all) of these fabulous exhibitions and events. For the Spring 2019 issue of PieceWork, we included many…

NEEDLEWORK TRENDS

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…

PieceWork Spring 2019 Events Calendar

Indulge your love of history and textiles; attend one (or all) of these fabulous exhibitions and events. For the Spring 2019 issue of PieceWork, we included many…

Orenburg Lace Knitting with Galina Khmeleva

PieceWork is so fortunate to have Galina Khmeleva, doyenne of Orenburg lace knitting, as a frequent contributor. She has been beyond generous in sharing her passion for…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Scalloped Edging

Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our 23rd installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are…

Join Interweave Escapes at Imperial River Company, Oregon May 16 – 19, 2019 with Brooklyn Tweed Instructors Lis Smith and Jamie McCarthy

Event Overview Interweave Escapes is a unique way for knitters to come together, learn from knitting experts and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow devotees in this intimate, retreat-style…

8 Tips for Knitting the Finer Projects from Weldon’s

In the Fall 2018 issue of PieceWork, Carol Huebscher Rhoades offered up some fantastic tips for knitting at a fine gauge with her darling pair of baby…

The Big Reveal: What’s in the Box???

|Sponsored| A lot of stuff is sent to us at the Interweave offices. Yarn samples, projects, knitterly artifacts, projects, and even more projects. It’s safe to say…

A Victorian Short-Row Course from Weldon’s

The illustrations in Weldon’s Practical Needlework are a great source of enjoyment and inspiration. I particularly like perusing the images because of the very fine detail and…

What Is a Fichu?

Basically, a fichu is a coverup. Here’s a definition from Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion (affiliate link): “In eighteenth-century Western fashions, bodices were cut revealingly low, requiring…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Wheel Medallion

Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our 22nd installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are…

A Stitch in Time: Rhodes Stitch

The Rhodes stitch is a highly textured member of the cross-stitch family. Its appearance is a distinctive geometric shape, including the original square (Figure 1) and rectangle…

Three Reviews on Books about Chinese Textiles and Needlework Traditions

The exquisite Chinese textiles included in the three book reviews below are sure to fascinate and delight. From the scrumptious silk embroidery of the rank badges to…

Make Belgian Needle-Lace Hearts for Your Valentine

Anyone traveling to Belgium will be awestruck by the lace they find there, as well as by the country’s cultural history. Belgium, a small country nestled in…

Have You Met Our Index Yet?

When you think of indexes, do you think of index fingers, or maybe the Dow Jones Industrial Index? Well, more useful information can be found in an…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Loop and Leaf Border

Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our 21st installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are…

A Preview of PieceWork Spring 2019: The Fashion Doll

Elisabeth Jenkins Baty’s entry in the PieceWork Miniatures Contest 2016—Miss Elisabeth’s Finery: An 18th-Century Lady’s Accoutrements—won an award and led to conversations with Elisabeth about the wonderful…

A Pair of Men’s Merino Socks from Weldon’s

This pattern for spiral-ribbed socks, from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 30, dates from 1914. The socks were designed to fit the feet of an average-size man. The…

Three Timeless Books on Lace and Wedding Gowns

The enduring allure of lace charms and captivates; we never tire of its exquisite beauty. In the May/June 2011 issue of PieceWork, our 4th-annual Lace issue, we…

The Lace Mantilla: A Centuries-Old Spanish Tradition

In the May/June 2018 issue of PieceWork, our 11th-annual Lace Issue, Mary Polityka Bush tells us about the long tradition of Spanish women wearing a lace mantilla…