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PieceWork March - April 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

Often, PieceWork includes articles and projects on everyday textiles. That is true for this issue as well. In her article on a wool coverlet embroidered with wool thread (see “Elizabeth Terry’s Embroidered Coverlet”), Kathy Augustine writes: “Embroidery, although not a survival skill, helped women carve a little bit of civilization out of a harsh environment.” Although Kathy was specifically discussing a coverlet made by Elizabeth Terry (1766–1848) in Enfield, Connecticut, and the period of time during and after the American Revolution (1775–1783), her statement applies to all decorative needlework techniques and to so many needleworkers. Regardless of how humble a textile may be, embellishing it is something few can resist. Needlework books became a staple beginning in the middle of the nineteenth century. These books included instruction in the necessary—making clothes and…

3 min.
by post

A Hatbox Purse While I was visiting my sister, she said that she had something to show me. Inside a plastic bag was a navy-blue satin-covered hatbox purse. I took the lid off and began pulling out beads, thread, a size 10 Boye crochet hook, and a piece of bead crochet that would cover the bottom of the purse. “Holy cow! Where did you get this?” I asked. My sister said it was from her daughter’s friend’s friend’s relative. I asked my sister what she was going to do with it. She said that she and her daughter were going to split the beads unless I wanted to finish crocheting it. I did. The beads are blue iris bi-cuts, size 11, and irregular. The nylon thread is navy, with the brand-name Hiawatha. The hatbox…

3 min.
tapestry

A Week of Crafts in Estonia The second Estonian Craft Camp was held in July 2015 at Olustvere, in the county of Suure-Jaani. The camps, the first of which was held in July 2014, were created through a partnership between the University of Tartu Viljandi Culture Academy Estonian Native Crafts Department and the Olustvere School of Service and Rural Economics. The inspiration for creating this international camp, where classes are taught in English, came from the craft camps organized by different Nordic countries each year. Participants from all over the world are invited to attend the Estonian Craft Camp, where the opportunity to learn about Estonian traditional handcrafts in delightful surroundings is a chance not to be missed. Classes in 2014 ranged from ceramics and glasswork to knitted ethnic wristers, birch-bark weaving,…

1 min.
the last word

To learn more about the rich and ongoing tradition of various forms of needlework, we recommend these books.—Editor Annetarsia Knits: A New Link to Intarsia Clackamas, Oregon: Double Vision Press, 2014. Hardbound, 224 pages, $34.95. ISBN 978-0-9894638-0-5. Visit www.bit.ly/annetarsia-knitsa-new-link-to-intarsia. Colorful Crochet Lace: 22 Chic Garments & Accessories Fort Collins, Colorado: Interweave, 2015. Softbound, 160 pages, $24.99. ISBN 978-1-62033-698-4. Visit www.bit.ly/colorful-crochet-lace. Hot Knots: Fresh Macramé Ideas for Jewelry, Home, and Fashion Hauppauge, New York: Barron’s Educational Series, 2015. Softbound, 128 pages, $21.99. ISBN 978-1-4380-0565-2. Portraits in Lace: Breton Women New York: Thames & Hudson, 2015. Hardbound, 264 pages, $40. ISBN 978-0-500-51799-4. Threads: The Delicate Life of John Craske London: Jonathan Cape, 2015. Hardbound, 344 pages, £25. ISBN 978-0-224-09776-5.…

6 min.
elizabeth terry’s embroidered coverlet

On Thursday afternoon, April 20, 1775, after a messenger rode into the small town of Enfield, Connecticut, tavern keeper Isaac Kibbe (1731–1779) immediately procured a drum for Thomas Abbe (1731–1811). Abbe’s long drum roll interrupted the mid-week church meeting to announce the fight at Lexington, Massachusetts, the day before, the first battle of the American Revolution. The next morning, seventy-five Minutemen of Enfield, each carrying his flintlock musket and powder horn, led by then Major (promoted to Colonel in 1777) Nathaniel Terry (1730–1792), marched the almost 90 miles (145 km) to Boston to lend their assistance. Nathaniel Terry’s daughter, Elizabeth (1766–1848), had not yet turned nine when her father left home for war. By the onset of the Revolution, Enfield, Connecticut, already had a history spanning back a hundred years to…

3 min.
a book cover in crewel embroidery to stitch

When Elizabeth Terry embroidered her beautiful wool coverlet, she would have never expected her work to become part of a museum collection. Close examination of Elizabeth’s work indicates that both single- and two-ply wool were used for the embroidery. The visible inconsistencies in thread color may be because of thread availability, dye variations, age, and/or light conditions. Heathway Wool from Wales has been used for all of the book cover’s embroidery. The colors have been matched as closely as possible to Elizabeth’s original coverlet now in the collection of the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania. MATERIALS Heathway Wool, 100% merino crewel wool yarn, 2-ply, 10 yards (9.1 m)/hank, 1 hank each of Honey #185, Lapis #213, Lapis #218, Old Gold #143, Pomegranate #135, Rustic Red #198, and 2 hanks each of Indigo…