Needlework

Three Books on Contemporary Quilts

Contemporary quilts draw on time-honored techniques and reimagine the classic craft in bold new ways. Here are three books PieceWork recommends on contemporary quilts, which are sure…

Wandering Paths Stole to Knit Kit
Knitting Traditions 2018 Magazine
Sajou Rosette and Needle Card Sets
Brass & Wood Needle Cases
PieceWork Fall 2018 Magazine

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Postcard from Scotland: The Exquisite Embroidery of Jane E. Hall

Jane E. Hall lives in Dorset in the south of England and is renowned for her exquisite nature-inspired embroidery. I hadn’t spoken to her for quite a…

Welcome Baby with Handknit Booties

My mother was a prolific and gifted knitter. We were part of a large family (my maternal grandmother had 9 brothers and sisters; all but 2 had…

This Week in History: Discovering King Tutankhamun’s Textiles

On November 4, 1922, in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings, British archaeologist Howard Carter found steps that he believed will lead to the tomb of King Tutankhamun.…

A Knitted Beret with Three-Ribs

At an antique show some years ago, my daughter, Nancy Cook, spotted the unique little knitted beret shown below and immediately bought it for my collection of…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Octagon Medallion

Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our 15th installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are…

PieceWork Winter 2018

Welcome to the Winter 2018 issue of PieceWork! It’s filled with information on two of my favorite things—magazines and books. That each feature and project includes the…

Nancy’s Knitted Stockings for a Young Lady

The knitted stockings shown below were featured in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 15, published in London in 1900. They were designed to come above the knee, but…

Vicki’s Vintage Vacation: Tips and Techniques for Knitting Stockings

Have you ever wondered what the women in Victorian England knit the most? The amount of attention given in Weldon’s Practical Needlework to knitting stockings gives us…

In Appreciation of Pot Holders

Some years ago, I wrote about the set of brightly colored crocheted pot holders that I discovered in a hope chest among the otherwise exquisite needlework made…

Victorian Mourning Jewelry: Morbid, Macabre, and Magnificent

I am totally into all things Victorian, creepy, and dark. I would call that a confession if it wasn’t blatantly obvious to anybody who gets to know…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Eyelet Edging

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

The Enduring Lure of Pincushions

Over the years, we have had a variety of PieceWork contests for our readers to showcase their stellar needlework skills. The inaugural contest featuring pincushions was among…

A Stitch in Time: Herringbone Stitch

The herringbone stitch belongs to the large cross-stitch family and has many aliases—Mossoul, Russian, Russian cross, catch, Persian, witch, fishnet, and plaited stitch. The most commonly used…

Three Books Celebrating Embroidery

The minimal materials needed to learn embroidery create stitches from simple to complex. PieceWork celebrates embroidery in all of its many forms. Here are three books we…

Mittens to Knit Inspired by a Late-Medieval Mitten

A sixteenth-century child’s mitten now in the collection of the Museum of London and shown in my article “A Child’s Mitten from Sixteenth-Century London,” which was featured…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Trefoil Edging

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

Embroidered Dolls and The Dolls of Peru

At the station in Ollantaytambo, vendors await the arrival of the next train bearing tourists to the famed Inca site of Machu Picchu. Draped in the colorful…

Three Books on Historical Needlework from Around the World

Textiles from around the world continue to inspire and fascinate. PieceWork celebrates historical needlework in all of its many forms. Here are three books we recommend on…

Ice Harbor Compass Mittens to Knit

In Maine and Nova Scotia, there really is a tradition of knitting shrinking Fishermen’s mittens and Compass mittens such as Josy’s (read about eleven-year-old stern man Josy…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Shamrock D’Oyley

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