PieceWork November - December 2015

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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As I write this letter in mid-September, it’s almost 90 degrees outside. But I know winter is on its way—Colorado’s aspens are beginning their grand fall color show, and nighttime temperatures are dipping into the mid-40s. And here we are with our Celebration of Winter issue of PieceWork! In addition to my ever-growing wish list for books, I have one for travel. Jokkmokk, Sweden, has just moved to the top of the list. Laura Ricketts profiles the Jokkmokk Winter Market, an event that has been held continuously since 1605. Once you see the photographs of Per Kuhmunen, the leader of the market’s reindeer caravan, I bet you’ll want to go, too. Per’s wife, Dagny, makes the traditional clothes that he wears during the market, including his hat with its stellar pom-pom,…

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EXHIBITIONS New York, New York: Through February 21. Jacqueline de Ribes: The Art of Style, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. (212) 535-7710; www.metmuseum.org. Parma, Ohio: Through November 15. Piecing Together a Changing Planet, presented by Studio Art Quilt Associates and the National Park Service, at Cleveland Metroparks Watershed Stewardship Center. (440) 887-1968; www.nationalparkartexhibit.com/exhibit-schedule.html. Charleston, South Carolina: Through January 10. On Parade, Into Battle: Military Uniforms from the American Revolution to the Present, at the Charleston Museum. (843) 722-2996; www.charlestonmuseum.org. Alexandria, Virginia: November 18, 2015–January 3, 2016. Winter Wonderland, at Potomac Fiber Arts Gallery. Joanne Bast, jbast@jbast.com; www.potomacfiberartsgallery.com. Bath, England: Through January 3. Great Names of Fashion, at the Fashion Museum. 44 1225 477789. www.fashionmuseum.co.uk. Berks, England: Through November 21. Art Quilts and Embroidery by Janet Atherton, at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park. 44 1784…

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Get Ready, Get Set, Sew This handy case is for sorting and storing 13 types of needles in 26 sizes on the printed grid. Two pockets hold accessories. A very helpful Pocket Guide for choosing the right needle and thread for any project is included. The Hand Needle Pack is shown; one is also available for machine sewing.www.colonialneedle.com Soft & Sweet Who could resist names such as Tawny Mocha, Cappuccino, Dark Truffle Chocolate, Sunkissed Toffee, Bronzed Caramel? Who could resist 100% llama yarn with one of those names? This fingering-weight yarn is distributed by Knitting Fever. 420 yards (384.0 m)/100 gram (3.5 oz) skein. Shown in #105 Cappuccino. www.knittingfever.com Llama Love HiKoo’s Llamor, a 100% baby llama yarn, is lovely! Distributed by the Skacel Collection, the yarn is made in Peru and available in seven…

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winter festival shawl to knit

The ancient Slavs had their own traditions to celebrate holidays. The Winter Festival was the most fabulous—it was a time when all awaited a miracle, with the hope that this time, the spirits would fulfill their fondest dreams. Before Russian Czar Peter I (1672–1725) decreed that the new year would begin on January 1st, the new year was celebrated at different times: in September; in December, at the Winter Solstice; centuries earlier, in March; and the day of the Spring Solstice. Regardless of when the year officially began, winter was the time for weddings. Beginning in October, young girls and women would gather to spin, knit, and embroider for upcoming weddings. I designed the Winter Festival Shawl, a warm shawl, in honor of this tradition. The shawl was worn on top of…

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german angora rabbits

You all know how these things just seem to happen. It wasn’t long after I started knitting that I wanted to handspin my own yarn, and I wanted to use fiber I had produced. Let’s see, start a silk worm colony (in wintery Maine) or raise rabbits, which had fascinated me since I was a toddler. Hmmmm. I got my first German angoras and was smitten! Here was a rabbit that had fiber quality and quantity. It was also a big plus for me that I could sit with them on my lap and give them haircuts while I watched old movies on TV (I think the rabbits like the musicals the best). A hobby became a business, and I started Windsor Farms Rabbitry in the mid-1980s in Windsor, Maine. In 1998,…

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let us keep knitting and crocheting for the bazar, sisters! notes on the december 1900 national suffrage fair

The “suffragists of the country, the home wreckers, the unsexed, the women who have lost all feminine instincts,” expounded the New York newspaper The Sun, “are hard at work dressing dolls, fashioning baby clothes, embroidering doilies, painting calendars, crocheting and knitting” for a national fair to raise funds for woman suffrage. “The best joke of all,” the newspaper proclaimed, was that “the editor of the oldest and largest suffrage paper in the country keeps a pile of wash-cloths beside her, and in the intervals between writing editorials she crochets a fancy edge on them.” Unperturbed, that editor, Alice Stone Blackwell, reprinted the criticism in The Woman’s Column in the September 8, 1900, edition beneath the headline “Knitting Versus Tobacco.” The antisuffragist argument was that the suffragists were doomed to failure because…