Needlework

Learn Embroidery the RSN Way from the Comfort of Home

The Royal School of Needlework (RSN) has always been the epitome of excellence in hand embroidery, but traveling to one of their international teaching centers has made…

Victorian era Socks

Knit a Pair of Victorian-Era Socks

Over the years, we at PieceWork have written a lot about the delightful patterns featured in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, and we’re especially smitten by Weldon’s Victorian-era socks.…

thread books and roses

Two Book Reviews on Historical Needlework: French Women Workers and Fair Isle Knitting

The story of people who made historical needlework and the legacy of the cloth they left behind captivates our imagination. Here are two books, one that explores…

Guard against winter’s chill with these lovely entrelac and stranded colorwork mittens.

Entrelac: Knitting Back Backward

Winter has come. Its chill has been nipping at my needles, bringing on serious hankering for a new pair of mittens. Fortunately, PieceWork’s 11th annual Historical Knitting…

Knitting Traditions 2018 Magazine

NEEDLEWORK TRENDS

Entrelac: Knitting Back Backward

Winter has come. Its chill has been nipping at my needles, bringing on serious hankering for a new pair of mittens. Fortunately, PieceWork’s 11th annual Historical Knitting…

Postcard from Scotland: Durham Cathedral & Embroiderer Tracy A. Franklin

A trip across the border into the north of England took me back to the area where I was born and gave me the opportunity to meet…

This Week in History: Needlework in the Montessori Classroom

Maria Montessori (1870–1952), well-known as an education innovator, opened her first school—Casa dei Bambini in Rome—on January 6, 1907. Although qualified as a doctor (and the first…

Textile Traditions: PieceWork Call for Submissions Winter 2019

Whenever we pick up our needlework, we are participating in a practice that has been handed down through the generations. Cultures all around the globe may employ…

Weldon’s Knitted Triangles

A triangle is a wonderful shape to play with. There are many ways to fit knitted triangles together to construct various projects, both two-dimensional and three-dimensional. Weldon’s…

A Tale of Orenburg Lace: Valentina’s Polushawl

Every fine lace shawl has a beginning—a knitter embarks on a journey accompanied by fine yarn worked with small needles and a pattern. Master Orenburg lace knitter…

Those Weird Victorians: Knit Weldon’s Lead Cushion, or Door Stop

Those weird Victorians added their crafty touch to all manner of household objects and textiles. We offer up this example from Weldon’s Practical Knitter, Thirty-Second Series, a…

Charts and Illustrations 2019

PieceWork Spring 2019Ruhnu Mitts to KnitWeldon’s Irish Lace Shawl

Interweave Escapes: All New Knitting Clinic

Meeting makers and crafters from the many communities Interweave serves happens to be one of the perks of my job. Interweave Yarn Fest gives me that opportunity close to…

A Stitch in Time: Marking Stitch

The marking stitch is yet another member in the large cross-stitch family. It’s a reversible stitch that forms cross-stitches (Figures 1 and 3) on the front of…

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…

Keep Your Neck Warm with Grandma Twombly’s Knitted Scarf

Who couldn’t use a warm scarf this time of year? For the March/April 2010 issue of PieceWork, contributor Virginia McGlynn re-created her grandmother’s back-of-the-neck knitted scarf, which…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Eyelet Insertion

Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our 20th installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are…

Happy Holidays from Interweave!

The holiday season is a time for giving, and we know many of you makers have been busy creating wonderful gifts for those you love. To you,…

‘Twas The Night Before Knitmas

‘Twas the night before Knitmas when all through the house Not a needle was clicking, making sweater nor blouse Knitted stockings were hung by the chimney with…

Happy Holidays—and a free gift—from Interweave Knits!

Hi there, you! It’s almost the end of the year, and a lot of folks are celebrating the holidays. In the spirit of that, we wanted to…

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…

Three Reviews of Books on Victorian-Era Fashions

Discover three books that explore Victorian-era fashions. The first dives into the history of Victorian wedding dresses; the second covers the dresses of the bustle period from…

Home Arts—Needlecraft Magazine’s Monograms to Crochet

Stitching monograms onto household linens and clothing is a timeless way to personalize your belongings. One of the features in the September 1935 issue of Home Arts—Needlecraft…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Chantilly Border

Weldon’s Practical Needlework houses a wealth of information on Victorian tatting. Here’s our 19th installment in this series from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. The following are instructions…