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PieceWork Winter 2018

PieceWork is the only magazine for those who love all things made by hand and the history behind them. Every issue explores the life and work of traditional needleworkers, takes an in-depth look at historical needlework techniques, and gives instructions for making heirloom-quality projects of your own.

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United States
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English
Verlag:
Long Thread Media LLC
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Welcome to this issue of PieceWork! It’s filled with information on two of my favorite things—magazines and books. That each feature and project includes the historical needlework context is icing on the cake. As with every issue, I learned some things that I hadn’t known about: • The tale of Rumpelstiltskin is from Germany; he’s called Tom Tit Tot in English; see “Deep-Seated Associations: Textile Threads in Language, Myths, Fairy Tales, and Novels.” • Ray Bradbury’s short story “Embroidery” is hauntingly beautiful; it was published in 1951 and is available online; see Further Resources in “Deep-Seated Associations: Textile Threads in Language, Myths, Fairy Tales, and Novels.” • Four generations of Worth men ran the haute couture House of Worth in Paris; see the review of a new gorgeous coffee-table book about the family and…

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I made the Spanish lace medallion from PieceWork May/June 2018 in purple! Via Facebook Norma Bucko The instructions are from Carolyn Wetzel’s “A Medallion of Frisado de Valladolid-Style Lace to Stitch,” which is the companion project to her article, “Spanish Frisado de Valladolid Needle Lace: Treasures in Gold, Silver, and Silk.” Reader Audrey Lintner knitted a mystery project from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 1, which was featured in our blog post “Weldon’s Mystery Project: Knitted Lace or Edging,” www.interweave.com/article/needlework/weldons-mystery-project-knitted-lace-edging.The knitted-lace pattern had no illustration, and what it looks like was unknown until now. Audrey commented: The main body of this pattern would make a nice baby blanket or lap robe in sport- or worsted-weight yarn, and a laceweight yarn would make a great scarf. The eyelet rows across the top have an extra stitch…

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Exhibitions San Francisco, California: Through January 6, 2019. Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, at The Contemporary Jewish Museum. (415) 655-7800; www.thecjm.org. Denver, Colorado: November 19, 2018–March 3, 2019. Dior: From Paris to the World, at the Denver Museum of Art. (720) 865-5000; www.denverartmuseum.org. St. Louis, Missouri: Through November 25. Balance and Opposition in Ancient Peruvian Textiles, at the Saint Louis Art Museum. (314) 721-0072; www.slam.org. New York, New York: November 12, 2018–February 24, 2019. Jewelry: The Body Transformed, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (212) 535-7710; www.metmuseum.org. Kent, Ohio: Through February 3, 2019. For the Birds, at the Kent State University Museum. (330) 672-3450; www.kent.edu/museum. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Through April 11, 2019. The Fashions of Fiction from Pamela to Gatsby, at the Fashion Archives and Museum of Shippensburg University.…

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Colorful Carryall Take your needlework with you! DMC’s StitchBow Mini Needlework Travel Bag is perfect for on-the-go stitching, wherever you may roam. Each bag has plenty of pockets for accessories and a handy shoulder strap. Just throw the bag over your shoulder and go! www.dmc.com. Shades of Gray Indulge in hand-dyed merino, cashmere, and nylon fingering-weight yarn from Sun Valley Fibers. Owner and dyer Jeanette Sundstrom uses acid dyes to create her richly colored yarns and steam-sets her dyes to increase their fade resistance. Shown in Dust in the Wind. www.sunvalleyfibers.com. Quick Change Meet Clover’s new interchangeable tatting shuttle and bobbins. A welcome addition to any tatter’s toolbox, the shuttle and bobbin set lets you change threads in a snap. Each package contains a shuttle and two bobbins. Additional bobbins sold separately. Available in white…

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the last word

This gloriously illustrated coffee-table book by Chantal Trubert-Tollu, Françoise Tétart-Vittu, Jean-Marie Martin-Hattemberg, and Fabrice Olivieri tells the story of the House of Worth in meticulous detail and illuminates an integral time in the history of fashion. Englishman Charles Frederick Worth (1825–1895) arrived in Paris in 1846; eventually, he would become a catalyst for a fashion revolution and establish the House of Worth as the groundbreaking haute-couture label. The House of Worth: The Birth of Haute Couture begins with the story of the man who started it all. As a young man, Charles Frederick Worth was fascinated by art. He spent much of his time at exhibitions and in bookstores, flipping through artists’ portfolios, refining his taste, and sharpening his instinctive aesthetic sense. Worth was employed in textile stores in England until…

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deep-seated associations

Contemporary literature is filled with novels—especially mysteries—that use knitting or quilting as a background motif; the heroine runs a yarn shop, for example, and is part of a community of women who are drawn together through this interest. This type of book is a relatively new phenomenon, but stories that feature the primacy of textiles and the way they are connected with women are quite ancient. Our language is full of metaphors that demonstrate these deep, primal associations, as are the myths and fairy tales and treasured stories that we (Westerners) grew up with. These associations not only reflect but also help shape our assumptions and attitudes. We literally often visualize our reality in textile terms. The expressions and metaphors refer to textile elements (fibers, filaments, cords, strings, or threads), to…

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