A Passion for Pence Jugs

One thing that piqued my interest in Victorian knitting early on was the pence jug. The anonymous author of A Guide for Knitting, Netting and Crochet describes its pence jug as “one of the very prettiest and most useful inventions to be classed under Knitting. The vase-like form, the minuteness, the convenience are all fitted […]

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The Resurgence of Doilies

If ever there was a time for doilies to make a comeback, it’s now. Sound crazy? Sometime between the 1990s and now, the word “upcycled” made it into your vocabulary. There’s a resurgence of old crafts being utilized in new ways. Just search “DIY with Vintage Doilies” on Pinterest, and I bet you’ll start getting […]

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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 times (1558 to 1603), knitting schools were established in towns and cities—for example, in York and Lincoln— to teach poor children the skill and thus enable them to […]

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Better Than Frogging: Sleeves

Knitting problems happen, and they happen to every knitter. This post series will collect some common knitting problems and offer some solutions that don’t require ripping out the whole project and starting over. There may be some frogging, but we’ll keep it to a minimum! In this installment, Project Editor Laura Hulslander had nearly finished […]

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A Treasure Pouch in Simple Looping

Imbue your totems, tokens, or talismans with even more significance by nestling them in a handmade treasure pouch, from the PieceWork January/February 1994 issue. It’s perfect for precious things! A Treasure Pouch in Simple Looping designed by Robin Taylor Daugherty Posted February 21, 2014. Updated October 12, 2017. Featured Image: Photo by Joe Coca. Learn […]

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Women in Peru and Bolivia have made and used knitted figure purses called monederos (coin purses) for centuries. The two shown here were purchased in a market in Cuzco, Peru. (For more on Peruvian figure purse elements, see “Andean Knitted Figure Purses: Monederos for Your Money” by Cynthia LeCount Samaké in the January/February 2009 issue […]

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Trekking the Globe in Stitches: Australia

The sixth stop on our tour of needlework from the seven continents is Australia. In PieceWork’s September/October 2010 issue, our global adventure takes a literary turn. Mary Polityka Bush introduces us to The Ladies of Missalonghi (New York: Harper & Row, 1987) by Australian novelist Colleen McCullough, author of The Thorn Birds. Mary fills us […]

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Trekking the Globe in Stitches: South America

The next stop on our tour of needlework from the seven continents is South America. In PieceWork’s January/February 2009 issue, we follow tour guide for the Americas, Cynthia Lecount Samaké, and head south to the Andes. In her article, “Andean Knitted Figure Purses: Monederos for Your Money,” Cynthia fills us in on the whimsical monederos […]

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