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PieceWork January - February 2016

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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English
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Long Thread Media LLC
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2 min.
notions

Can this really be true? Our tenth annual historical knitting issue is here already? Seriously, it seems like just a few years ago when our first one appeared. Knitting has played a key role in the magazine’s content since the premier issue (March/April 1993). It continues to do so. When we started to put this issue together, I thumbed through the previous nine issues, and I wanted to share my trip down memory lane! All of the previous covers are featured here—what a glorious array of knitting. Each of these issues illustrates how very lucky I am to have the opportunity to work with the stellar contributors who fill the pages of every issue of PieceWork. This issue includes the amazing story of the “So-Called St. Adalbert’s Glove from Prague”—a mystery rolled up…

1 min.
necessities

Stitch and Sip Away Phillipa Turnbull’s The Crewel Work Company offers stellar crewel embroidery kits, gifts, and tools. Shown are the “Jacobean Idyll” kit, which includes step-by-step instructions (printed and on a CD), stitch chart, historically accurate linen twill fabric, Appleton’s 2-ply crewel wools, crewel needles, and the Jacobean Idyll bone china mug made in Staffordshire, England. www.crewelwork.com. Merino from Wales Heathway Wool, 100% merino wool yarn for needlepoint and crewel, is dyed in small batches by master dyer John Cunningham. Currently, there are twenty color families; each comes in nine values.10 yards (9.1 m) hank. Shown (left to right) are: #216 from the Lapis family, #123 from the Laurel Green family, and #135 from the Pomegranate family. www.tristanbrooks.com. Fair-Trade Folk Art Stitcharama partners with artisans and cooperatives from around the world to bring needleworkers…

2 min.
calendar

EXHIBITIONS Berkeley, California: January 31–May 29. Architecture of Life, at the University of California, Berkeley, Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. Objects from the collection of the Lacis Museum of Lace and Textiles will be included. (510) 642-0808; www.bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/AoL. San Francisco, California: Through February 28. Royal Hawaiian Featherwork: Na¯ Hulu Ali‘I, at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. (415) 750-3600; http://deyoung.famsf.org/exhibitions/featherwork. District of Columbia: Through February 14. China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868–1872), at the Textile Museum/George Washington University Museum. (202) 994-5200; www.museum.gwu.edu/china. Santa Fe, New Mexico: Through September 11. Flamenco from Spain to New Mexico, at the Museum of International Folk Art. (505) 476-1200; www.internationalfolkart.org/exhibitions/upcoming.html. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: March 4–6. Knit & Crochet Festival and Creative Arts Festival at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. pghknitandcrochet@gmail.com; www.pghknitandcrochet.com. Williamsburg, Virginia: February 5, 12, 19, 26,…

1 min.
avenir museum’s grand opening

The grand opening of Colorado State University’s Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising in Fort Collins, Colorado, is Saturday, January 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. The museum will celebrate the renovation of about 8,000 square feet (743 m ) and the addition of 10,000 square feet (929.0 m ), allowing for two galleries, classroom and seminar space, a library, a conservation laboratory, and expanded collection storage and management areas. Four opening exhibitions feature the work or collections of a few of the museum’s dedicated supporters: • The Power of Maya Women’s Artistry (January 30–May 20), funded in part by the Don and May Wilkins Charitable Trust, the Avenir Museum Education Exhibition Endowment, and Cooperativa de Alfombras de Mujeres Maya en Guatemala. • Mr. Blackwell: “artist of subtle witchery” (January 30–August 12),…

11 min.
the so-called st. adalbert’s glove from prague an early example of a knitted liturgical glove

Among the relics in the treasury of St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague, Czech Republic, is a single knitted glove, linked by tradition to St. Adalbert, the second Bishop of Prague (956?–997). Even if it is, in fact, a few hundred years too young to have belonged to St. Adalbert, it is still a rare example of medieval knitting. History According to the inventories of St. Vitus Cathedral from 1355 and 1387, a pair of gloves of similar description existed in the fourteenth century, kept not as a relic but as the liturgical gloves of the archbishops of Prague. The legend of a single glove’s connection to St. Adalbert was established later. St. Adalbert, named Vojtech at birth, was born into the Slavník family, a noble house so important it could compete with the…

4 min.
the carnation a favorite motif

In the 1500s and 1600s, flowers were seen as profoundly symbolic. Each flower had its meaning: If a man sent his love a bouquet, she could “read” its message by looking at the flowers it contained. The carnation was one flower with great symbolic meaning. Its original color was pink or flesh-red, which led to the carnation becoming a symbol of Christ’s body. If we research the various names for the carnation in European languages, we find the word carna (“meat” or “nail”). The Danish word for carnation is nellike and in German, it is neilichen, both of which derive from the word nå (nail). In several Madonna paintings from the thirteenth century to the fifteenth century, the flesh-colored carnation flower, placed near the child Jesus symbolizes Christ’s suffering. When…