PieceWork Winter 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
R 159,38
R 558,22
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min

Each and every issue of PieceWork is brought forth by many hands. However, this special issue has been carried forward by more hands than most. As PieceWork and sister magazines Spin Off and Handwoven settle into their new home at Long Thread Media, they are growing and changing. The future is bright, and we have so much in store for you! In this issue, we hope you will enjoy learning to decode Estonian lace and learn the difference between true Haapsalu and “rebellious” lace and be inspired to make your very own housewife (of the sewing roll variety). Read about the unsolved mystery of Hepsibeth A. Edwards’s nineteenth-century silver knitting needles, and try your hand at Rhodes stitch with the “A Stitch in Time” recurring needlework column. Each of us at PieceWork…

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by post

Tasty Translation Thank you for the lovely and sad article about Luisa Sanfelice [“Luisa Sanfelice: Martyr of the Parthenopean Republic”] by Mimi Seyferth in the Summer 2019 issue. A painting by painter Gioacchino Toma in the introduction to the companion project is incorrectly titled as Scuola per cioccolatini ciechi. Since Italian is my first language, I know that cioccolatini means “little chocolates” and the word for lace is merletto. I searched the web for Toma’s painting, and the following Facebook link brings you to the painting and its title, La scuola delle merlettaie cieche, www.facebook.com/FondazioneAndrianaMarcello/photos/a.1397998563766561/1893121704254242/?type=1&theater.The painting is very moving. Thank you for a very informative and fun to read magazine. I never do any of the projects, but I love to read about the history and people of our fiber past. Send…

2 min

Exhibitions Berkeley, California: November 16, 2019–October 2020. Worn to Dance: 1920s Beads and Fashion, at Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles. (510) 843-7290; www.lacismuseum.org. Los Angeles, California: Through January 5, 2020. The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. (323) 857-6000; www.lacma.org. San Francisco, California: Through July 5, 2020. The Turkmen Storage Bag, at the de Young Museum. (415) 750-3600; https://deyoung.famsf.org. Chicago, Illinois: Through January 21, 2020. Silver Screen to Mainstream: American Fashion in the 1930s and 40s, at the Chicago History Museum. (312) 642-4600; www.chicagohistory.org. Boston, Massachusetts: Through March 29, 2020. Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (617) 267-9300; www.mfa.org. New York, New York: Through January 5, 2020. Pierre Cardin: Future Fashion, at the Brooklyn Museum. (718) 638-5000;…

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Stylish Stitches The Stockinette Stitch Motif Earrings from Porterness Studios evoke the repetitive V-shape of the knit stitch. Artist Jen L. Porter designs and casts the earrings in her Los Angeles, California, studio. Lever-back wires keep the earrings in place and from getting caught in your handknits. Mini-size earrings are shown in sterling silver. www.porternessstudio.com. Visible Mending The time-honored tradition of mending is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. The Utility Mending Fabric Pack from Brooklyn Haberdashery includes a variety of vintage and new fabrics for visibly repairing worn garments. Each set comes with ten to twelve patches and no two packs are alike. www.brooklynhaberdashery.com. Knitting Essentials The Namaste Maker’s Buddy Case from Jimmy Beans now comes loaded with all of the essentials a knitter needs. Each case comes with a tapestry needle for seaming, a…

5 min

We included the story of Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s handmade knitted-lace sampler book in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork. We asked Frances H. Rautenbach to re-create some of Mary Elizabeth’s samples, using modern terminology and abbreviations to knit the patterns as flat pieces worked back and forth on two needles. Mary Elizabeth made her sampler book in 1935, and her patterns reflect that time. The sidebar on page 9 includes a chart showing Mary Elizabeth’s notations followed by modern translations. A total of ten samples are included in the May/June 2017 and May/June 2018 issues. The final four are given here. Each sample retains the number or name that Mary Elizabeth assigned to it. —Editor MATERIALS Garden Cotton Thread by Nazli Gelin, 100% cotton crochet thread, size 10, 306 yard (279.8 m)/50…

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danish night sweaters

The following is excerpted with permission from Traditional Danish Sweaters: 200 Stars and Other Classic Motifs from Historic Sweaters by Vivian Høxbro. The book is filled with historical information, photographs and sketches of many night sweaters from museum and private collections, and much more. For more information, see the sidebar on page 12. —Editor The sweaters in this book are from the 19th century: “night sweaters,” as they were once called, which have roots deep in Danish history. Yes, they are single-color—minimalist, you might say, with quite artfully designed relief patterns. You could also find them in south Sweden (where these garments are referred to as spedetröjor) and in Norway—both areas that were considered Danish territory at one time or another, where women knitted sweaters as part of traditional folk dress. Similar…