PieceWork January - February 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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With this first issue of 2018, we are celebrating two milestones in the magazine’s history. First, this issue is our twelfth annual Historical Knitting issue. Wow—it really seems like we sent the first one off to press just last year, but we didn’t! For this glimpse into knitting’s rich, varied, and long history, we focus on socks and stockings and begin with Sylvie Odstrcilová’s fascinating and in-depth account of handknitted stockings from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. There also are many stories behind the stories in the features and projects. For example, Mimi Seyferth in her re-creation of socks made by Afghan refugee women in Islamabad, Pakistan, recounts the ongoing struggles of Afghan women, including how knitting has helped them not only to survive by providing much-needed income but also to…

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EXHIBITIONS Los Angeles, California: Through July 8. A Tale of Two Persian Carpets (One by One): The Ardabil and Coronation Carpets, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (323) 857-6000; www.lacma.org. District of Columbia: Through January 7 and January 29. Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse and The Box Project: Uncommon Threads, respectively, at the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. (202) 994-5200; www.museum.gwu.edu. Decorah, Iowa: Through April 23. Fifty Years of Folk Art, at Vesterheim, The National Norwegian-American Museum and Heritage Center. (563) 382-9681; www.vesterheim.org. Paducah, Kentucky: Through January 9. Quilts of the Lakota, at The National Quilt Museum. (270) 442-8856; www.quiltmuseum.org. Brockton, Massachusetts: Through February 18. Threads of Resistance, at the Fuller Craft Museum. (508) 588-6000; www.fullercraft.org. New York, New York: Through January 7. War and Pieced: The Annette Gero Collection…

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Darn It Eventually, after several seasons of wear, holes appear in a sock’s heel or toe. Don’t despair and toss a treasured sock. Mend it with Halcyon’s Wood Darning Egg. Made from hardwood, it’s only 5 inches (12.7 cm) long. www.halcyonyarn.com. Perfect Pair All handknitted socks benefit from a good blocking. The Loopy Ewe’s Sock Blockers, whether used to display your completed handwork or to shape a slightly damp pair, help make your socks look their best. Crafted in oak and with a sweet sheep cutout, these blockers are sure to be treasured for years. www.theloopyewe.com. Strong and Lustrous Blacker’s Tamar Lustre 4-ply sock yarn is worsted spun using longwool sheep breeds. These lengthy fibers create an ideal sock yarn, which rivals merino and nylon blends for durability. Plus, Tamar Lustre is ideal for showing…

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solving the puzzles of early knitted stockings

Probably everyone interested in the history of knitting wonders at the variable styles of the oldest European knitted stockings from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. The burial silk stockings of Eleonora of Toledo (1522–1562) and Duke Barnim X of Pomerania (1549–1603) and the wedding silk stockings of Elector August of Saxony (1526–1586) differ greatly among themselves as well as from woolen stockings excavated in London. Regretfully, few early knitted stockings survived, and therefore it is hard to say which type is oldest, whether these different styles were typical for different regions, and whether some styles were widespread and others rare in Europe. The good news is that there are probably more extant stockings in museums in non-English countries than knitting history enthusiasts dared to hope Unfortunately, the information on them…

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margaretha franziska lobkowitz’s stockings

Inspired by the preceding article Margaretha Franziska Lobkowitz’s stockings are among the most beautiful period stockings I have seen. No wonder they elicit a lot of admiration even in modern times. However, I believe I am not the only one who cringes at the thought of knitting them in the original gauge (70 stitches and 90 rows per 4-inch [10.2-cm] square). Therefore, I chose a fingering-weight yarn, which gives a more sensible gauge, to make the project. After scaling down all the numbers of stitches and rows to adjust for a different gauge, I realized something else that I wanted to change: the original stockings were not close-fitting in the ankle area. (Checking the photographs of other period stockings showed that none of them were close-fitting at the ankle. I doubted that they…

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estonian knitting

What did Estonians knit in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? We can only guess about the distant past, but in the nineteenth century, girls were taught to knit before the age of seven. They were instructed by their mothers, grandmothers, or other female members of the family—in this way, knitting practices and techniques were handed down from one generation to another and usually preserved their local characteristics. Knitting was an essential skill for every woman, as knitted socks, stockings, mittens, and gloves were absolutely indispensable in the cold winters of Estonia. In addition to their practical qualities, the decorative knitted items had another significance. A girl was considered diligent if she could knit fast and was able to make especially fine knitwear. Before getting married, young women had to make knitted…