Needlework

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…

Foundling Museum

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…

Vintage Modern Crochet

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…

drizzling

Drizzling: A Regency Rainy-Day Hobby

If you’ve read the works of Jane Austen or other Regency-era books featuring female main characters, then you’re probably familiar with the various creative hobbies enjoyed by…

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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,…

Drizzling: A Regency Rainy-Day Hobby

If you’ve read the works of Jane Austen or other Regency-era books featuring female main characters, then you’re probably familiar with the various creative hobbies enjoyed by…

Postcard from Scotland: Threads of Life, Telling Stories Stitch by Stitch

I met Clare Hunter, author of Threads of Life: A History of the World Through the Eye of a Needle, at her flat in Glasgow. Clare loves…

Molière, Comedy, and Needlework

Widely regarded as one of the greatest writers in the French language, the prolific playwright Molière wrote and directed more than thirty plays. Many revere Molière as…

Discover Timeless Crocheted Edgings in Weldon’s Practical Needlework

Crocheted edgings are a legacy born from the desire to beautify one’s home environment and the pleasure of creating with one’s own hands. While cotton thread (affiliate…

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…

How Did They Do That? Lucet Braid

The Vikings did it, medieval and Renaissance Europeans did it, tall-boat sailors did it, proper Victorian ladies did it. The firm, square lucet braid so handy for…

North of England Knitting Sheaths

Handknitting in the hills and dales of England’s northern counties, including Cumberland, Westmorland, Durham, and Yorkshire, evolved from a domestic activity to an industrial-production level. In Elizabethan…

PieceWork Corrections 2019

Spring 2019 Ruhnu Mitts to Knit Page 49, bottom of the second column, Left Hand section. Directions for Set-Up Rnd should begin as follows: “Set-Up Rnd: On…

Journey Through Time: Knitted Socks Inspired by Outlander

Inspiration for a pair of knitted socks can be found just about anywhere, including in the pages of a popular book. Designer Heatherly Walker found the creative…

Postcard from Scotland: Scottish Crewelwork from Glamis Castle

From Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) to Burns Day (a celebration of the work of poet Robert Burns), the Scottish are certainly no strangers to a good party.…

PieceWork Magazine: All of the Needle Crafts

Have you heard the news? It’s National Craft Month, and in honor of the occasion, PieceWork magazine and our sister publications at Interweave are celebrating with a…

Knitted Socks from the Gobi Desert

The PieceWork special issue Knitting Traditions Fall 2011 features Donna Druchunas’ Gobi Desert Socks, which were knitted from the cuff down and worked with the heel and…

Make Crocheted Buttons

Discover the history of crocheted buttons and crochet your own Irish Rose button from Nancy Nehring’s wonderful article and project featured in the March/April 1994 issue of…

Knit a Lace Edging from “The Fireside”

Take a step back in time to the 1880s! Expanded instructions and contemporary thread make this a great project for today’s knitters. This pattern originally appeared in…

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…

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,…

Be Prepared: Juliette Gordon Low and Her Girl Scouts

A young widow from a prominent Savannah family, Juliette “Daisy” Gordon Low pioneered an organization to instill leadership and self-reliance in girls through community service, outdoor activities,…

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…