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PieceWork July - August 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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English
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Long Thread Media LLC
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2 min.
notions

Pack your bags! This issue of PieceWork embarks on an international voyage to explore needlework traditions from around the globe. Here’s our itinerary: ✥ England We get a glimpse into Charlotte Brontë’s brief stint working as the nursery governess for Mathilda (age six) and John Benson (age four) Sidgwick at the family home—Stone Gappe in Yorkshire in northern England. ✥ The Philippines Learn all about the centuries-old tradition of making breathtaking piña cloth from the wild pineapple plant. ✥ Estonia Although the tradition of knitting in Estonia is well known, not so well known is a technique specific to the southern region of the country. Called roosimine (to decorate with roses), this inlay technique produces a “blooming garden” on gloves and stockings. ✥ Canada The company began in Canada, but relocated to Port Huron, Michigan, in 1956. Nonetheless, many…

3 min.
calendar

EXHIBITIONS Berkeley, California: July 7, 2017–May 4, 2018. Piña: The Philippine Cloth of Pride, Endurance and Passion, at Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles. (510) 843-7290; www.lacismuseum.org. San Francisco, California: Through August 31. Beyond the Surface: Worldwide Embroidery Traditions, at the DeYoung Museum. (415) 750-3600; www.deyoung.famsf.org. Fort Collins, Colorado: Through August 11. Tying the Knot, at the Avenir Museum. (970) 491-1983; www.avenir.colostate.edu. Chicago, Illinois: Through September 21. Batik Textiles of Java, at the Art Institute of Chicago. (312) 443-3600; www.artic.edu. Brooklyn, New York: Through July 23. Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern, at the Brooklyn Museum. (718) 638-5000; www.brooklynmuseum.org. New York, New York: Through August 6 and through August 20. Fashion after Fashion and Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture, respectively, at the Museum of Art and Design. (212) 299-7777; www.madmuseum.org. Brevard, North Carolina: August 16–September 15. Through…

1 min.
necessities

Loveable Llamas Kettle Yarn’s Llamallamallama bags are ethically made in Vancouver, Canada, by workers receiving fair wages. The 100% linen bags have a vegan waxed-linen lining. Plus, a percentage of sales go to Education without Borders. What’s not to love? www.kettleyarnco.co.uk. Block into Shape Block your latest shawl into perfect shape with Fiber Fantasy’s Long Flexible Blockers. Each set includes three 60-inch (152.4 cm) stainless steel flexible wires and 30 T-pins. The flexible wires thread easily through a shawl’s edge for flawless finishing. www.woolstock.com. Sweet Snips Hiya Hiya’s Kitty Snips will play nice with your balls of yarn—the yarn ends will cut purr-fectly every time. Available in four colors, these travel-friendly feline snips are attached to a handy keychain and measure only ½-inch (1.3 cm) long. www.interweave.com. More than Socks Knit a pair of soft and cozy…

10 min.
dolls to dress

In May 1839, at age twenty-three, Charlotte Brontë went to work for Mr. and Mrs. John Benson Sidgwick at their home, Stone Gappe, in Yorkshire in northern England. Charlotte was the nursery governess, responsible only for the Sidgwick’s younger children—Mathilda (age six) and John Benson (age four). Her brief time there was unhappy. At one point, the children threw stones at Charlotte, cutting open her forehead. Charlotte wrote the following in a letter to her sister Emily Jane Brontë on June 8, 1839: There is such a thing as seeing all beautiful around you—pleasant woods, winding white paths, green lawns and blue sunshiny sky—and not having a free moment or a free thought left to enjoy them in. The children are constantly with me, and more riotous, perverse cubs never grew. As…

12 min.
the philippines’ wild pineapple

The story of a fabric—gossamer sheer and so dreamy it seems to be woven of moonlight—has roots in the pineapple fields of the Philippines and sounds like a fairy tale. Nonetheless, its story is fact. The fabric is piña (Spanish for “pineapple”) cloth. The plant from which it is derived, commonly known as the wild pineapple, is properly classified as the red Spanish pineapple (Ananas bracteatus). In her book Piña, author, noted educator, and art collector Lourdes R. Montinola introduces piña cloth with these words: “Piña is a soft, diaphanous fabric consistently described by local and foreign writers, as well as by textile experts, as a product of great beauty and value . . . the most elegant of the numerous textiles produced by hand in the Philippines.” Her description is…

2 min.
embroidered piña treasures

One visit may not be sufficient to fully appreciate the exquisite examples of piña (Spanish for “pineapple”) cloth on display during Piña, the Philippine Cloth of Pride, Endurance & Passion at the Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles. Fortunately, the exhibition is scheduled for a ten-month run (from July 7, 2017, to May 4, 2018) to allow those who already know and admire this rarest of fabrics and needle-art forms—as well as those new to its ravishing beauty—to visit more than once. The display contains more than 100 select pieces of gorgeous piña cloth from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Included are traditional “Maria Clara” ensembles, each of which consists of a camisa (blouse) with angel sleeves and a pañuelo (small scarf). Fashionable piña-cloth frocks from the 1920s provide an…