Spring 2022

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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In this era of the web browser, it’s sometimes easy to forget that the world is—as ever—full of loose ends. Histories can be lost and knowledge can pass out of memory. Sometimes all that might remain are pockets of stories and fragments of cloth. With the loss of their original context, these textile fragments often find new significance and purpose. We are sometimes left to wonder who made the original textile and why it was tucked away for safekeeping. Was the small section of an embroidered hem from Crete (below) saved as a way of remembering a loved one? Was it saved as a pattern reference? Maybe by cutting it from the skirt, it could be sold. Despite the missing pieces, this little textile can offer us a bounty of inspiration. In…

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My Mom’s Argyles My mom, Lois Lewis, likely knitted these socks in the early 1950s, when my dad, Roy Lewis, started playing golf with company colleagues. He was good but played sporadically, as the lack of sock mends can attest. My mom knitted beautiful sweaters, which I have kept, but she stopped knitting socks. I treasure these and wear them carefully. Karen Lewis Via email From Our Readers’ Hands Time for Ticking I was inspired when I saw the ticking embroidery cover of the Fall 2021 issue. It’s slow going, but I plan to use the fabric to make a coin-purse-style pouch. My son got the hardware for me last year. Kelsey Dilts McGregor, Seed Stitch Studio Via email Pass It On The PieceWork staff was thrilled to receive in the mail a copy of The Art of…

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Terrific Tatting Tool Perfecting a skill passed down by her grandfather, the talented artisan behind TattingShuttles makes each beautifully crafted, handpainted wood tatting shuttle in Russia. Each of Veronica’s painted shuttles is exquisitely detailed and one of a kind. Light and delicate in the hand, this shuttle is a perfect size to hold and has plenty of room for thread. tattingshuttles.etsy.com Wooly Texture Brooklyn Haberdashery’s Moire Rustic thread is a single-spun wool full of texture. These 80-meter spools are available in over 90 shades that will add dimension to any needlework, ranging from visible mending to appliqué and embroidery. brooklynhaberdashery.com Softly Subtle Skeins Dyed by hand in a rainbow of shades, Lisa Souza yarns are a delightful blend of silk and Merino. The delicate Petal colorway shown here is soft to the touch and has…

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the long thread

Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez began life tending sheep and learning to spin and weave in a rural village near Cusco, Peru. Her trajectory took her through the local school and to university in the city and then to the United States, where she honed her English skills and gained a following of weavers fascinated by the traditional ways she had mastered. Returning to Peru, she worked with others to establish the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco (CTTC), an organization that serves 10 Andean highland villages, each with its own weaving heritage. Nilda’s path has been one of discovering, reclaiming, and sustaining the extraordinary textiles of her home country. And so much more. Nilda, even as a child, you looked back at the old ways of weaving and spinning instead of doing…

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the rare lost dress of elizabeth i

A richly embroidered altar cloth, preserved for centuries in a small rural church in Bacton, Herefordshire, in Great Britain, was recently identified by experts as a piece of a sixteenth-century dress, which is thought to have belonged to Queen Elizabeth I. HISTORY OF THE BACTON CLOTH The altar cloth was found hanging in a glass case in St. Faith’s Church, Bacton, having been retired as an altar cloth over a hundred years ago. Bacton was the birthplace of one of Elizabeth I’s most faithful servants, Blanche Parry, who began her 57-year service supervising the royal cradle rockers and died as her Chief Gentlewoman of the Bedchamber. It is believed that the altar cloth was given to the church by or in memory of Blanche Parry. It is also known that the Queen would…

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hungarian roots in embroidery

I have this piece of cloth. Simply described, it has colorful cross-stitch on woven linen with a cutwork border and could be used under hot pots to protect a table from heat or condensation. It could be used to cover a small bowl of bread or other food item as the rest of a meal is being prepared. I would like to tell you how these 50 square inches or so of cloth have provided insight into my ancestral needlework traditions. As a child of immigrants, I learned bits and pieces about fiber arts—albeit limited—within my Hungarian ancestry. There was an emphasis on normalizing and adopting new Canadian traditions and objects, which were often prioritized over maintaining traditional cultural techniques in the fiber arts. And so, not surprisingly, I came to…