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PieceWork January - February 2017

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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2 min.
notions

Happy New Year and welcome to the 11 annual Historical Knitting issue of PieceWork! As with all of our issues, we bring you stories and projects on knitting, each with its own historical twist. Here are just a few examples from this issue: Interweave’s founder, Linda Ligon, shares parts of her communications with the late Reverend Bishop Richard Rutt. It’s all in “An Epistolary Journey into Ancient Knitting: In Which the Late Reverend Bishop Richard Rutt, a Visiting Chinese Editor, and the Author of This Story Commune.” I am very happy that the publisher of Barbara Levine’s seminal book, People Knitting: A Century of Photographs, granted us permission to excerpt. Barbara included photographs of women, men, and children knitting, along with posters and postcards depicting knitting. Sprinkled throughout the book are quotations…

2 min.
hazel carter remembered

Hazel Carter died on August 3, 2016, after a long life. She was born in Cambridge, England, in 1928, and learned to knit from her mother at age three, and at age six, she learned to crochet. Her first career—of teaching and studying African languages—was followed by a “second career” of teaching and designing lace knitting. She followed her professional language career, moving to Madison in 1983 for a position in the African language department at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Hazel worked for the university until her retirement. Although her fiber hobbies had been put on the back burner for the first few years in Madison, she did become involved with the Madison Knitters’ Guild, working on the newsletter for several years. She also taught lace-knitting classes, both through the guild and…

1 min.
the last word

To learn more about the rich and ongoing tradition of various forms of needlework, we recommend these books. —Editor A Hat for Mrs. Goldman: A Story about Knitting and Love Michelle Edwards; illustrated by G. Brian Karas New York: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2016. Hardbound, 40 pages, ages 4–8 years, $17.99. ISBN 978-0-553-49710-6. Knitting Ephemera: A Compendium of Articles, Useful and Otherwise, for the Edification and Amusement of the Handknitter Carol J. Sulcoski New York: Sixth&SpringBooks, 2015. Hardbound, 144 pages, $14.95. ISBN 978-1-936096-98-5. The Mindfulness in Knitting: Meditations on Craft and Calm Rachael Matthews Brighton, England: Leaping Hare Press, 2016. Hardbound, 144 pages, $12.99. ISBN 978-1-78240-418-7. Refined Knits: Sophisticated Lace, Cable, and Aran Lace Knitwear Jennifer Wood Blue Ash, Ohio: Interweave, 2016. Softbound, 160 pages, $25.99. ISBN 978-1-63250-068-7; www.interweave.com. Vintage Hollywood Knits: Knit 20 Glamorous Sweaters as Worn by the…

7 min.
an epistolary journey into ancient knitting

Back in about 1989, Interweave had the great good fortune of hosting a visiting editor from Beijing for about a year and a half. Yezhen Li was editor of a trade journal for China Textile Press and had been a designer of fine silk textiles, but her roots were in ethnic tribal textiles. She had been through a harrowing period during the Cultural Revolution during which she was confined to her apartment, forced to apologize for her work as an educated person and designer, and lost her father to political violence. She whiled away the long months by practicing Tai Chi and teaching herself English, emerging from the ordeal with a strong desire to experience Western culture. During her time at Interweave, Yezhen taught us many lessons about courage and cultural…

8 min.
skaite-maria

Norrbotten, Sweden, is the northernmost county in Sweden. To the east and northeast is Finland; to the north and west is Norway. Within Norrbotten are beautiful national parks that contain the highest mountains in Sweden. In this northern area, Swedes, Finns, and Sami people, the indigenous people of the northern Nordic lands, have lived side by side for centuries. Erika Nordvall Falck was born in the Jukkasjärvi parish and has spent many years in Jokkmokk, the home of the Jokkmokk Winter Market. As a teenager, she began collecting samples of Norrbotten knitting. I count it a privilege to have traveled to the Nordisk Strikke Symposium in Kiruna in June 2016, where Erika both lectured and offered workshops, and to be able to view her exhibition Market Mittens/Jukkasjärvi & Jokkmokk. Behind…

4 min.
skaite-maria: the red and black mittens

Skaite-Maria created this wonderful pattern about a hundred years ago. She was a Sami from the Tourpon area in the Jokkmokk parish of northern Sweden. The world knows about her from the research and writing of Erika Nordvall Falck in Jokkmokk, Sweden. The mittens are sturdy and hard-wearing, with a short braid at each cuff. Skaite-Maria’s patterning was distinctive in that the patterning before the thumb and after the thumb were equal proportions. In this interpretation, the proportions are not as exact as in the original. FURTHER RESOURCES Online tutorials for the braids: www.seekyee.com/Slings/howtos/4strand.htm www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuSHJ5j9Bg4 www.heritagespinning.com/free-stuff MATERIALS • Rauma Strikkegarn, 3 ply, 100% Norwegian wool yarn, DK weight, 118 yards (107.9 m)/50 gram (1.8 oz) ball, 1 ball each of #136 Black (MC) and #124 Bright Red (CC); www.theyarnguys.com • Needles, set of 5 double pointed size 1½…