PieceWork Summer 2019

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.

United States
Long Thread Media LLC
4 Issues

in this issue

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Welcome to the Who Knew? issue of PieceWork! As I have said on this page many times, each issue of the magazine always brings something new to me. This issue, however, has outdone itself. Take, for example: The preponderance of sock knitting shown in Danish portraits, particularly those painted during Denmark’s Golden Age of Painting in the nineteenth century. The two images shown here are in addition to the images that accompany Mimi Seyferth’s engaging article, “Sock Knitting during the Golden Age of Danish Painting.” Mimi quotes Anna Schram Vejlby, a curator at the Hirschsprung Collection in Copenhagen: “The knitting of stockings in portraits . . . became a tactile sign of romantic and maternal love . . . a textile symbol of emotion.” The phrase “a textile symbol of emotion”…

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Gilded Snips The Art Nouveau Gold Embroidery Scissors from Snuggly Monkey Crafts make an elegant gift for the special needleworker in your life. The 1-inch (2.5-cm) blades will cleanly cut your most delicate flosses and threads. Plus, the embossed sheath will protect you from being poked by the sharp tip when the snips are not in use. Scissors measure 4½ inches (11.4 cm) long. www.snugglymonkey.com. Long and Lustrous Cascade Yarns presents a new yarn just in time for summer. Noble Cotton is spun from 100% mercerized long-staple cotton, which has a subtle sheen and offers durability. The DK-weight yarn can be machine washed and dried, making it perfect for easy-care garments. Shown in color #60 Periwinkle. www.cascadeyarns.com. Flexible Needles The rosewood Adjustable Straight Knitting Needle System from My Two Ladies was designed to manage bulkier…

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discover a new knitting tradition with galina khmeleva

For over 300 years, the elegant lace shawls from Orenburg, Russia beguiled knitters and collectors alike. While many lace knitters may be acquainted with the delicate “gossamer webs” for which Orenburg is famous, in this online workshop Galina Khmeleva focuses on the “warm shawl,” a much sturdier, yet more luxurious cousin seldom found outside the region. Through a series of instructional videos, interview segments, and archival photographs, this online workshop will cover a brief history, tools and materials, 10 basic motifs, the unique construction of the warm shawl, how to wash, block, and finish your shawl, and so much more. Plus, this online workshop also features downloadable charts and 2 full patterns for an Orenburg warm shawl. Learn more about the Orenburg Warm Shawl at Interweave.com…

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Exhibitions Berkeley, California: May 18, 2019–May 5, 2020. Shawls of Lace: A New Beginning, at Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles. (510) 843-7290; www.lacismuseum.org. Los Angeles, California: Through July 28. Power of Pattern: Central Asian Ikats from the David and Elizabeth Reisbord Collection, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (323) 857-6010; www.lacma.org. District of Columbia: Through June 23. Empresses of China’s Forbidden City, 1644–1912, at the Freer|Sackler. (202) 633-1000; www.freersackler.si.edu. Evanston, Illinois: Through July 21. Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa, at The Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. (847) 491-4000; www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu. Baltimore, Maryland: October 5, 2019–October 12, 2020. Spectrum of Fashion: Highlights from the Fashion Archives at the Maryland Historical Society. www.mdhs.org. Boston, Massachusetts: Through August 25. Gender Bending Fashion, at the Museum of…

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the last word

Deeper than Indigo: Tracing Thomas Machell, Forgotten Explorer Jenny Balfour Paul Surrey, England: Medina Publishing, 2015. Hardbound, 320 pages, £18.99. ISBN 978-1-909339-53-8. Estonian Knitting 2: Socks and Stockings Anu Pink Türi, Estonia: Saara Publishing House, 2018. Hardbound, 384 pages, €36.80. ISBN 978-9949-7268-2-0. Fray: Art + Textile Politics Julia Bryan-Wilson Chicago, Illinois: The University of Chicago Press, 2017. Hardbound, 326 pages, $55. ISBN 978-0-226-07781-9. Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim & More Katrina Rodabaugh New York: Abrams Books, 2018. Hardbound, 224 pages, $24.99. ISBN 978-1-4197-2947-0. Spectrum: Heritage Patterns and Colors Introduction by Ros Byam Shaw New York: Thames & Hudson, 2018. Hardbound, 256 pages, $34.95. ISBN 978-0-500-48026-7.…

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embroidered stories

Embroidered samplers were originally a way to practice and record stitches, and they provided tangible evidence of needlework skills. They are also windows into the past, recording details of lives and providing glimpses of personal stories. It was this combination of embroidery and personal and social history that captivated Leslie B. Durst, American collector, philanthropist, and supporter of the arts. I met Leslie last year at the opening of the exhibition Embroidered Stories: Scottish Samplers at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. The exhibition showcased seventy Scottish samplers from Leslie’s collection. “These embroideries have so many stories to tell, and I just love the title of the exhibition—Embroidered Stories—it’s the perfect way to describe samplers,” Leslie notes. With more than 1,200 samplers, her collection is one of the largest and most comprehensive…