PieceWork Fall 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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Six years ago, we were putting the finishing touches on a new special PieceWork publication. As with most projects, this one began with a “What if we did . . . ?” The wheels began to turn, and soon we published a newsstand-only issue devoted to the PBS series Downton Abbey, with articles to set the historical stage and projects inspired by the show. Here are the opening lines from my editorial in The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits: “One evening about two years ago, my husband called to me, ‘Hey, you should check this out.’ I did, and here we are. ‘This’ was a rerun of an early episode of PBS’s Downton Abbey, Season 1.” Like millions of others, we became huge fans of the show and remained true through the…

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The PieceWork Guidebook I would like to thank you for being a guidebook for a traveler interested in all forms of needlework. I was looking for information on Vietnamese embroidery, and there it was about two years ago [“The Amazing World of Vietnamese Silk Embroidery” by Cynthia LeCount Samaké, November/December 2016]. This year I am going to Morocco, and there you have it in the wonderful article about the button maker Amina Yabis [“A Grassroots Feminist Button Maker—Amina Yabis” by Susan Schaefer Davis, Spring 2019]. I hope to find some of her buttons in the form of a necklace. I have been a subscriber for many years, and because I love every form of needlework, your magazine is a treasure. My mother was my teacher, and from her, I learned how to…

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Tatter’s Helper Don’t let a dropped ball of tatting thread spoil your craft time. Handy Hands Lizbeth Thread Holder keeps even your finest threads contained. Just twist to open, insert your thread, and lock it closed. Use a cord or ribbon to suspend it from your wrist or neck so that it will always be within reach. Shown in Purple Lt. www.hhtatting.com. Classic Wool Thread your needle with one of the many shades of Brown Sheep’s Waverly Wool, and you will be stitching with a timeless 100% wool yarn designed for needlepoint. Just separate the plies and work with the number appropriate for your canvas. Shown in colors (top to bottom) #4012, #2101, and #5001. www.brownsheep.com. Stitch for a Cause A portion of the proceeds from each of Treenway Silks 65 Roses silk ribbon limited-edition…

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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 Los Angeles, California: Through September 21. Material Meaning: A Living Legacy of Anni Albers, at the Craft in America Center. (323) 951-0610; www.craftinamerica.org/center. Winterthur, Delaware: Through January 5, 2020. Costuming THE CROWN, at Winterthur Museum. (800) 448-3883; www.winterthur.org. Kansas City, Missouri: Through September 2. Color of Memory: Fabric Art of WWI, at the National WWI Museum and Memorial. (816) 888-8100; www.theworldwar.org. New York, New York: Through September 8. Camp: Notes on Fashion, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (212) 535-7710; www.metmuseum.org. New York, New York: Through November 16. Minimalism/ Maximalism, at The Museum at FIT, Fashion & Textile History Gallery. (212) 217-4558; www.fitnyc.edu/museum. Madison, Wisconsin: September 5–December 6. Intersections: Indigenous Textiles of the Americas, at the Lynn Mecklenburg Textile Gallery at the University of Wisconsin. www.sohe.wisc.edu/research-development/centers-of-excellence/cdmc/textile-collection. Toronto, Canada: Through October 27. Tapestry of Spirit: The Torah…

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Personal Threads is an endeavor to read our histories (both personal and political) as if they were interconnected pieces of a quilt—each one’s individual blocks sewn together to form a larger picture. As a textile artist living and working in Goa, India, I recently started this online project inviting people to share their stories and their work. Telling our stories is a means of locating ourselves and of understanding who we are within the folds of a larger narrative. Often, who we are and what we do emerges from the people, things, and places that played some role in our past. We may claim different nationalities and religions, but the DNA of our lives, though complex, connects us. Charting this symbiosis is significant in devising a more meaningful existence on this…