Needlework

Big Embroidery: Go Big with Nancy Nicholson’s New Book

Queen of modern folk embroidery, Nancy Nicholson has created a brand new collection of hand-embroidery designs for her new book, Big Embroidery. Inspired by crewel embroidery, which…

PieceWork Call for Submissions Fall 2019

PieceWork is a magazine for those who love and do handwork, and who value its past and present role in the ongoing human story. PieceWork‘s unique purpose…

The Traveler's Sewing Kit from Sajou
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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Norwegian Fingerless Gloves: A Pair of Offering Mitts to Knit

These offering mitts, also known as “mitts with tongues,” “church mitts,” or “stubby mitts,” were a traditional hand covering in rural Norway. They are a variation of…

Intarsia Socks: Color In Between

We hear intarsia and we think color knitting. But intarsia is also an ancient technique of inlaying pictorial mosaics into wood—a technique that was highly developed during…

Postcard from Scotland: The Embroideries of Phoebe Anna Traquair

In Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, on the south side of Princes Street, you’ll find a classically designed building that is home to the Scottish National Gallery.…

The Lace Traditions of Orenburg: The Wandering Paths Stole

Whenever I think of lace traditions, I go back to what I consider my roots: Orenburg. My first lace-knitting class was with Galina Khmeleva in 2010. She…

A Victorian Knitted Stocking Challenge

Included in Donna Druchunas’s “The Delights and Perplexities of Victorian Knitting Books” in the January/February 2012 issue was PieceWork’s “Victorian Knitting Challenge.” We offered complete instructions for…

Discover More About Embroidery with These Three Books

Embroidery—it all begins with a design, fabric, a hoop, and a needle threaded with floss. From there, the possibilities are only limited by your creativity! Below are…

A Jacobean Floral Design in Miniature Punchneedle Embroidery

Punchneedle embroidery has been around for many years, but miniature punchneedle embroidery recently has become popular. With a unique needle and only one simple stitch, anyone can…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: Toilet Mat, or Pattern for an Antimacassar

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

Three Centuries at Sajou, Purveyors of French Needlework Supplies

The story of Maison Sajou spans three centuries. In the 1830s, Jacques-Simon Sajou founded Maison Sajou in Paris and sold embroidery designs; he hired women who produced…

Baby Booties from a Vintage Knitting Pattern

Many of us have a collection of vintage knitting patterns stored away that once belonged to our mothers, grandmothers, or even our great-grandmothers. Knitwear designer Nancie M.…

12 Craft Kits to Make and Give This Holiday Season

We are believers in making things with our hands and the positive mental outcomes that result from doing so. This season, we would like to challenge you…

Fall Leaves: Mountmellick Embroidery

A handful of leaves have begun their change from a rich palette of greens to soft yellow, soon to be a brilliant dark marigold on the honey…

Orenburg Lace: A Medallion Russian Shawl to Knit

In Russia, you will not find anyone who has not heard of an Orenburg “downy” shawl—the warm, heavy shawl with the light, delicate lace-patterning called “cobweb.” Downy…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: How to Commence a Circle

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

Learn Goldwork and Whitework Online with the Royal School of Needlework

Last month, we announced the launch of online learning from the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) with Jacobean Crewelwork and Blackwork courses available to learn from home…

A Stitch in Time: Split Stitch

The split stitch is one of the oldest and simplest of the basic embroidery stitches, visually resembling a small compact chain stitch, but with a much narrower…

PieceWork Reviews Books on Quilts

Quilts have a long and storied history and remain one of the most popular textile arts and needlecrafts. Below are three reviews of books on quilts. First,…

Treva’s Boots Inspired by Trouble with Trolls by Jan Brett

Published in 1992, Jan Brett’s story Trouble with Trolls (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers) remains a favorite among her readers. The skillfully illustrated…

Victorian Tatting the Weldon’s Way: A Simple Edging

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

Last Week in History: Ellis Island Immigration Museum

September 10, 1990 The Ellis Island Immigration Station reopens after extensive restoration and becomes the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The number of immigrants coming through Ellis Island…