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PieceWork

Winter 2021

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Long Thread Media LLC
Frequency:
Quarterly
R 150,35
R 451,37
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min
needlework, all buttoned up .

The idea of dedicating an entire issue of PieceWork to closures of all kinds has been in the works for several years. In 2019, I (digitally) stumbled upon the trove of buttonhole samplers held by the Smithsonian. I’d seen images and discussions of these textiles, but modern online collections allow us to pore over each stitch—such a joy! Besotted, I contacted needlework expert Deanna Hall West and collections specialist Susan J. Jerome, and an article and project pair was published in the Summer 2020 issue of PieceWork. Those buttonholes sent me on a quest to improve my own plain-sewing skills, and as I felled yard after yard of ever-improving seams, I had time to think beyond the buttonhole—eyelets, hooks and eyes, clever draping that eliminates the need for any device at…

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1 min
picework

EDITORIAL EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Anne Merrow EDITOR Kate Larson ASSOCIATE EDITOR Debbie Blair MANAGING EDITOR Laura Rintala PROJECT EDITOR Angela Schneider TECHNICAL EDITORS Lori Gayle, Trish Faubion, Daniela Nii COPY EDITOR Katie Bright PROOFREADER Deirdre Carter CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Nancy Bush, Susan Strawn CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR Charlene Tiedemann PRODUCTION DESIGNER Mark Dobroth PHOTOGRAPHY Matt Graves STYLING AND ILLUSTRATIONS Ann Sabin Swanson FOUNDERS Linda Ligon, Anne Merrow, John P. Bolton PUBLISHER John P. Bolton SALES MANAGER Katie Janov DIRECTOR OF MARKETING Haydn Strauss…

2 min
by post

Not Argyles, but Close! I know they aren’t exactly argyle, but very close. In 1952, my aunt, Barbara Glick, now ninety-six (lifetime knitter), knitted socks for her brother-in-law for Christmas. My dad, Warner Krause, is now ninety-two and wore them for decades, finally deciding they were so out of style that even he couldn’t pull them off anymore. He did wear them to cut grass or shovel snow. He felted the soles, and as a result, there are no holes in them, and they have never been mended that we can see. We have used them for the last ten years or so as extra Christmas stockings for guests. Always, we are careful with them. Aunt Barb remembers that she disliked making them so much that it was a long time…

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1 min
necessities

Lustrous Vintage Linen The Linen Thread Card Sets from Linladan include 14 meters each of six coordinating shades of vintage linen embroidery thread from 1960s Sweden. Linladan (Swedish for flax barn) is a project that shares this linen thread with the world along with more textile treasures that were hidden in a United Kingdom haberdashery for decades. Shown in the Bloom colorway. linladan.com Soft, Rustic Wool Blend Four Corners Fiber Collective is a group of indigenous and rural fiber artists and shepherds from the southwestern United States. Handspun High Desert 2 is made from 60% Merino and 40% Navajo Churro, making it lustrous and strong with Merino softness. Shown in worsted-weight Medium Sage (2111). fcyarns.com Natural Comfort Winter’s Past Farm is a small family farm with a flock of Coopworth sheep located in the heart…

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4 min
the long thread

How did you become a needleworker? I have always been a practical person, even as a child, and after receiving an embroidery kit when I was thirteen years old, I was hooked on embroidery. Tell us how you came to join the Royal School of Needlework (RSN). I was given a copy of the RSN Friends newsletter, which featured an article about being an RSN Apprentice. This inspired me to apply, and I started at sixteen as an apprentice in 1982. Next year, it will be my fortieth anniversary at the RSN! I am now Head of Studio and Teaching, which has been my role since 2015. What types of classes and programs does the RSN offer, and how have they changed over the years? We offer a range of courses for beginners through advanced.…

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11 min
the art of self-dress

Over several months, I worked in a former music practice room, an attic garret really, the only workspace available on my university campus to accession nearly two hundred garments into a teaching collection. Provenance largely unknown, the collection held mainstream American women’s clothing from the 1860s through the 1980s. One by one, I photographed, accessioned, and prepared each piece for archival storage. Every time I placed a garment on a mannequin for a photograph, I saw the relative ease—or difficulty—of putting the piece on, taking it off, and fastening the closures. Working on my own in a small space, my thoughts turned to the lives of the women who had worn the clothing. Could a woman have dressed herself in this garment, or would she have needed someone to help her? In…

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