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PieceWork November - December 2017

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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3 min.
american needlework & costume collections

The entities on the list below have outstanding needlework and costume collections. For many, these items frequently are on display; otherwise, they generally are accessible via appointment for study; almost all have images of objects online. The list is not definitive by any means; see below to learn how you can help us with our master list. • Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado; (970) 491-1983; www.avenir.colostate.edu • The Charleston Museum Charleston, South Carolina; (843) 722-2996; www.charlestonmuseum.org • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum New York, New York; (212) 849-2950; www.cooperhewitt.org • de Young Museum San Francisco, California; (415) 750-3600; www.deyoung.famsf.org • Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection University of Wisconsin-Madison Madison, Wisconsin; (608) 262-1162; www.sohe.wisc.edu/research-development/centers-of-excellence/cdmc/textile-collection • Henry Art Gallery Seattle, Washington; (206) 543-2280; www.henryart.org • Kent State University Museum Kent, Ohio; (330)…

1 min.
necessities

1. Smooth Threading Even the thickest floss, thread, and yarn will slide smoothly through the eye of your needle with the help of Clover’s Embroidery Threader. The all-new design features a flat tip that will effortlessly thread embroidery needles so you can focus on stitching without frustration. www.clover-usa.com. 2. Charming Bobbins Laser-cut from birch ply, Chicken and Fish Embroidery Floss Bobbins from Kira Nichols provide a whimsical departure from ordinary plain plastic or cardboard floss bobbins. Each bobbin holds a standard-sized skein of embroidery floss to help keep your stitching supplies neat and organized. www.etsy.com/shop/kiranichols. 3. Old-World Lace Made from 100% European flax, spun in Latvia and Lithuania, Baltic Linen Designs’ Linen Lace yarn will add an air of old-world elegance to any project. Choose from a palette of 140 colors for your next knitted,…

3 min.
calendar

EXHIBITIONS Berkeley, California: November 3, 2017–September 29, 2018. Restoring Likeness, at Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles. (510) 843-7290; www.lacismuseum.org. Fort Collins, Colorado: Through December 15. Fashioned by Faculty, The Allure of the Moroccan Caftan, and Cover Up!, at the Avenir Museum, Colorado State University. (970) 491-1983; www.avenir.colostate.edu. Tequesta, Florida: November 2–December 9. Elegant Threads: Wearable Art & Surface Design, at the Lighthouse ArtCenter Gallery. (561) 746-3101; www.lighthousearts.org. Lincoln, Nebraska: Through December 16. Sacred Scraps: Quilts and Patchwork Traditions of Central Asia, at the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. (402) 472-6549; www.quiltstudy.org. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Through January 21, 2018. Quilts of Southwest China, at the Museum of International Folk Art. (505) 476-1200; www.moifa.org. New York, New York: November 3, 2017–March 18, 2018. Veiled Meanings: Fashioning Jewish Dress, from the Collection of…

17 min.
the push-pull of the doily

I was digging through the bins at a special textile sale at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Madison, Wisconsin, and found myself overwhelmed by the hundreds and hundreds of handmade doilies selling for no more than a dollar apiece. They were jumbled together in a massive pile; clearly, they were not highly valued. I kept thinking that this store was just one among many in one city; how many were there, then, in the state, the country, and beyond? Why is it that so many doilies were made in decades past and that they have almost become throwaway items now? I had encountered other stories of how expendable they now seem: an antiques dealer claiming she didn’t carry them because she couldn’t make any money on their sale,…

7 min.
a pineapple and palm leaf doily to crochet

To celebrate the doily, we asked Daniela Nii to design a doily with a pineapple motif. Here’s her beautiful contribution. —Editor Difficulty Level Finished Size 8¼ " diameter. Yarn Lizbeth Thread Size 40 (distributed by Handy Hands) (100% Egyptian cotton, 6-cord cordonnet; 300 yd [274 m]/¾ oz [25 g]): #646 purple iris lt, 1 ball. Hook Size 11/1.1 mm steel hook. Adjust hook size if necessary to obtain correct gauge. Notions Yarn needle. Gauge Flower center (Rnds 1–6) = 2½ " in diameter. See page 62 for Abbreviations and Techniques. NOTES • When working in a cluster V-stitch, work in the chain-3 space of indicated stitch unless otherwise stated. STITCH GUIDE V-stitch (V-st): (Dc, ch 3, dc) in indicated st. Cluster V-stitch (cl V-st): (Dc2tog, ch 3, dc2tog) in indicated sp or st. Picot: Ch 3, sl st in 3rd ch from hook. Large picot…

8 min.
mid-nineteenth-century british crochet hooks

Early British steel crochet hooks were manufactured from steel wire using the same methods and in the same workshops as sewing needles. They differed from sewing needles only by having one side of the eye removed to make a hook. Although interchangeably called “crochet hooks” or “crochet needles,” the term “crochet hook” typically referred to the tool when mounted in a handle. Note: In this article, I generally will use the term “hook,” although you will also see “needle,” especially in text references from the time (e.g., in patents). Needle making in England was centered around the town of Redditch in Worcestershire, and it extended in about a 10-mile (16 km) radius. In 1847, when the first British patents for the hooks were issued, it was a cottage industry; individual families…