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PieceWork March - April 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

Next year’s March/April issue of PieceWork will commemorate our twenty-fifth anniversary! As we approach that milestone, in an ongoing celebration, we will include articles and projects from past issues in the remainder of 2017’s issues. For this issue, I selected my favorites from the November/December 1993, March/April 1994, November/December 1995, and November/December 1996 issues. While I was poring over the back issues, I was struck once again by how very timeless needlework is. Much of the work created over the centuries painstakingly produced labor-intensive items of beauty. The article “Kalagas: The Golden Tapestries of Myanmar” (among the handmade items used to make the tapestries are sequins; how they were made is fascinating) is a prime example. In “Nineteenth-Century Embroidery on Net,” we see the rise of technology: the ground net was…

1 min.
by post

The response to our request in the May/ June 2016 issue (page 2) for readers to make the Lace No. 10 sample from Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s 1935 sampler book is ongoing. Carol Parry recently sent the image shown above. From Our Readers’ Hands When I received the March/April 2011 issue of PieceWork, I was in heaven. I love red! Intrigued by the redwork embroidered pillowcase on page 14, I decided to make it—eventually. Eventually finally arrived last year, and this is it. I wanted an antique pattern for a knitted edging, so I searched Interweave lace knitting books and found Vine Lace in Lace from the Attic: A Victorian Notebook of Knitted Lace Patterns by Nancie Wiseman (1998). I cut the pillowcase hem back close to the embroidery and handstitched the edging to…

3 min.
calendar

Irvine, California: Through June 10. Sun-Drenched Style: California Mid-Century Women Designers, at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Orange County Campus. (949) 851-6200; www.fidmmuseum.org. San Jose, California: March 8–April 17. Embedded Pattern: Three Approaches Deborah Corsini, Alex Friedman, Michael Rohde, at the San Jose Museum of Quilt and Textiles. (408) 971-0323; www.sjquiltmuseum.org. Minneapolis, Minnesota: March 9–April 29. Commemorating His Purple Reign: A Textural Tribute to Prince, at the Textile Center. (612) 436-0464; www.textilecentermn.org. Albany, New York: May 4–7. Artistry in Stitches, hosted by New York Capital District Chapter of the Embroiderers’ Guild of America, at the Carondelet Hospitality Center. judya1643@gmail.com; www.nycapega.org. New York, New York: Through March 19. Native American Masterpieces from the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (212) 535-7710; www.metmuseum.org. New York, New York: April 7–August 20.…

1 min.
necessities

Easy-care 220 Superwash Merino from Cascade Yarns is available in 38 colors. It’s perfect for washable adult and children’s garments and accessories for today’s on-the-go families, yet doesn’t sacrifice softness or durability.www.cascadeyarns.com. Colorful Cocoons All of the vivid shades of a rainbow tumble out of each 1-ounce (28.3-gram) bag of Halcyon’s Dyed Silk Cocoons. Soften several in hot water. Then reel the filaments adding a bit of twist to create your own floss or add them as an embellishment to your next felting or craft project. www.halcyonyarn.com. Perfect Picots Tatting consistent rings and picots will be a breeze with Clover’s Picot Gauge Set. Seven sizes are included: 1mm, 2mm, 3mm, 5mm, 7mm, 10mm, and 13mm. These will become an indispensable tatting tool. www.clover-usa.com. Summer Blend Blacker Yarns’ Lyonesse Linen Blend pairs the crispness of natural linen…

9 min.
on the sheep islands

Faroese Knitting The North Atlantic surges around the shores of the Faroe Islands. Shaped by the wind and the sea, the landscapes of the eighteen islands are rugged and spectacular. When I visited in the middle of April, the contours of the stark hillsides, cropped close by shaggy sheep, were accentuated by a dusting of powdery snow. The islands are positioned midway between Iceland and Norway. Although the presence of the Gulf Stream means that temperatures rarely fall below freezing, the wind chill can be biting. The resilient Faroese sheep, which far outnumber the population of the islands (some 50,000 people), live outside all year and are well suited to the environment, which perhaps explains the islanders outlook that “if the wool keeps the sheep warm, it will do the same…

3 min.
the faroese knitting festival

Although knitting is now more a pastime than a way of life, it is still a popular activity in many Faroese homes. Knitting clubs (bindaklubb) are social events for women of all ages, and at regular get-togethers in friends’ houses, the women knit and chat over coffee and cakes. The Faroese Knitting Festival must qualify as the biggest “knitting club” ever. Every April, hundreds of knitting enthusiasts gather in the town of Fuglafjørður on the east coast of the island of Eysturoy to drink coffee, eat cake, socialize—and knit! Although there are few htels in this area, the Faroese have a tradition of welcoming people into their homes, and I was made welcome in the beautiful home of Begga Vang and her family. The large community hall at Fuglafjørður is at the heart of the…