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PieceWork Fall 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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notions

Embark with us on a PieceWork journey that celebrates “fine work.” We travel the globe and present examples of especially fine embroidery, knitting, needlepoint, and crochet. In trying to describe the textiles shown in this issue, the words “intricate” and “exquisite” seem, at best, inadequate.Your journey begins with the four examples shown here. These are embroideries worked by Miao women in the Guizhou province of China. The Miao tradition of embroidery is long—spanning centuries upon centuries to the present—and storied. The embroiderers use a wide variety of techniques; among them are the two shown here. The examples at top and bottom left are cross-stitch; the other two are folded cloth piecework. In all four, the stitches are so tiny, they are almost imperceptible. These are from the collection of…

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necessities

Exquisite CaseNeedle cases in brass and exotic woods from Heritage Crafts By Jen make a perfect gift for any needleworker. Each case holds needles up to 2½ inches (6.4 cm) long, and each is designed not to roll on flat surfaces. Select from bocote, cedar, chakte coc, cocobolo, koa, maple, rosewood, and goncalo alves (shown). www.heritagecraftsbyjen.etsy.com. Silky SmoothWorking with fine threads such as silk floss requires that your hands be smooth and soft. Eucalan’s Wrapture Balm, created in collaboration with noted knitting and crochet designer Kristin Omdahl, will help soothe the driest skin. This lightly scented vegan balm contains essential oils and absorbs quickly. Shown in Jasmine. www.eucalan.com. Colors of FallThread your needle with the latest shades of Watercolours, a hand-dyed Pima cotton thread from The Caron…

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the queen’s embroiderer

Enseigne for Jean Magoulet’s shop. Etching and engraving. 1680s. Waddesdon Manor, the Rothschild Collection (The National Trust). This is among the earliest surviving depictions of the interior of an authentic shop, the emporium of a known merchant, in this case, Jean Magoulet. Magoulet is identified in the caption printed below the handsomely etched image as “brodeur ordinaire,” or official embroiderer in the service of the queen—that is, Queen Marie-Thérèse, the Spanish infanta who from the time of her marriage in 1660 to her death in 1683 ruled France as Louis XIV’s wife. The caption adds that the queen is “deceased,” so we know that the scene depicted took place after 1683. Queen Marie-Thérèse and her son the dauphin shortly before Jean Magoulet served as her embroiderer. Attributed to Charles…

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the queen’s embroiderer

This excerpt of Chapter 1 from The Queen’s Embroiderer: A True Story of Paris, Lovers, Swindlers, and the First Stock Market Crisis by Joan DeJean is included here with permission of the publisher. This exceptional and thoroughly researched book follows two prominent Parisian families from the 1600s to the French Revolution (1789–1799). Published in May 2018, the book is available at retailers nationwide; for more information, visit www.bloomsbury.com/us/the-queens-embroiderer-9781632864741. ■…

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a miniature petit-point tree-of-life carpet

Natalia Frank worked this diminutive, exquisite carpet on very fine fifty-six-count silk gauze using silk floss. I stitched the Tree-of-Life Carpet on fifty-six-count silk gauze with fine overdyed Tudor Gloriana silk floss. The carpet has a total of 180,600 tiny stitches; 468 ends form the fringes on two sides of the rug. Spending from eight to twelve hours daily, this piece took me eleven weeks and one day to finish. I then spent seven days blocking, finishing the sides, and fringing. However, don’t be intimidated by the fine count of the silk gauze: all you need to create a masterpiece are good tools, such as a magnifier and a strong lighting source, and your patience. Silk gauze lets you create realistic-looking images that are made to scale and depict…

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a miniature petit-point bird to stitch

Natalia Frank’s petit-point bird finished as a cushion is miniature perfection. The Tree-of-Life design is versatile—motifs from this pattern can be used to create cushions, seat covers, bookmarks, pincushions, bell pulls, and more, ranging from medium to tiny sizes depending on the thread count of the ground fabric or canvas used. For this project, I chose forty-eight-count silk gauze and cotton embroidery floss. Both are easier to work with than the fifty-six-count silk gauze and silk thread that I used in my Tree-of-Life Carpet.The word “gauze” is somewhat of a misnomer; it’s actually a form of needlepoint canvas—a tiny grid with open squares that are called “holes.” The fewer the count number, the larger the holes; as the count number increases, the size of the holes shrinks. I hope…

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