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PieceWork May - June 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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4 Issues

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2 min.
notions

Once again, we devote the May/June issue of PieceWork to lace. And once again, our contributors have gone above and beyond to bring you an array of stories. Many have a personal connection—Julie Turjoman writes about her grandfather’s lace and embroidery company; Lowanne E. Jones shares her great-grandmother’s wedding jacket; Nancy Bush profiles her friend and Haapsalu lace master, Linda Elgas; and the list goes on. Projects include knitted, crocheted, and tatted lace. Among them is the Bonnie Rose Baby Bonnet by Laura Ricketts, which Laura designed in parts because the filet-crochet section is time-consuming. Laura explains, “That way, if the bonnet is to be a gift, the crocheter can work the central panel ahead of time. After the birth, when the baby’s initials and birth date are known, the crocheter…

3 min.
trimmings

Tatted Trefoil Edging This tatted trefoil edging is reproduced here as it appeared in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 4. Thread the shuttle. Make a loop with the shuttle thread, work 5 double, 1 picot, 3 double, 1 picot, 2 double, draw up; * make a loop close to the last stitch of the oval, do 2 double, join to the last picot of last oval, 3 double, 1 picot, 3 double, 1 picot, 2 double, draw up; make another loop close, do 2 double, join to the last picot of the oval just made, 3 double, 1 picot, 5 double, and draw up; arrange the three leaves of the trefoil in nice form; reverse the work, take a second thread, make a loop, and work 6 double, 1 picot, 6 double; reverse,…

1 min.
the last word

In the Footsteps of Sheep: Tales of a Journey through Scotland, Walking, Spinning, and Knitting Socks Debbie Zawinski Pittsville, Wisconsin: Schoolhouse Press, 2015. Softbound, 191 pages, $26.95. ISBN 978-0-942018-38-7. Kimono: The Art and Evolution of Japanese Fashion New York: Thames & Hudson, 2015. Hardbound, 320 pages, $80. ISBN 978-0-500-51802-1. Maya Threads: A Woven History of Chiapas Walter F. Morris Jr. and Carol Karasik Loveland, Colorado: Thrums, 2015. Softbound, 215 pages, $34.95. ISBN 978-0-9838860-6-8. New Lace Knitting: Designs for Wide Open Spaces Rosemary “Romi” Hill Fort Collins, Colorado: Interweave, 2015. Softbound, 168 pages, $24.99. ISBN 978-1-62033-753-0. Visit www.bit.ly/new-lace-knitting. Tatted Lace Accessories Donatella Ciotti Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England: Search Press, 2015. Softbound, 95 pages, $17.95. ISBN 978-1-78221-229-4. To learn more about the rich and ongoing tradition of various forms of needlework, we recommend these books.—Editor…

9 min.
a celebration of lace

From the 1920s through the 1960s, my grandfather Moses Front Gantz owned and operated a New York City lace manufacturing company: Record Lace & Embroidery. The youngest of six children, Moses was born in 1891 on New York’s Lower East Side at a time when its tenements were teeming with immigrants from many European countries. His parents had fled the pogroms in Poland, seeking a better life for their family by immigrating to the United States in the mid-1880s. Although Moses was an avid reader and considered to be very bright, his parents’ precarious financial circumstances curtailed his education opportunities. When he reached the age of fifteen, the family’s poverty required him to forego his formal education and get a job that would help to support the family. Census records for…

4 min.
ida may allen’s irish crochet wedding jacket

Ida May Allen did not have an easy childhood. She was born on August 26, 1863, in the midst of the upheavals of the Civil War (1861–1865) and almost four months after the divorce of her parents, Wealthy Ann Allen and Robert Franklin, on May 6, 1863. Although Ida May’s maternal grandmother still lived nearby in Lapeer County, Michigan, she was elderly, herself dependent on family and unable to provide much support. A much older brother also lived in the neighborhood, but by then he was already providing for his own large family. Although it is possible that Wealthy Allen, just twenty, may have lived for a time with relatives, she soon was forced to make her way as best she could, burdened with her baby, Ida May, and her…

10 min.
bonnie rose baby bonnet to crochet

This fine crocheted baby bonnet was inspired by a photograph of an antique baby bonnet. Although only the top of the garment is visible, the photograph shows off a beautifully crafted filet-crochet rose band with looser netting behind it. Because creating the filet-crochet rose is such a time-consuming part of this project, I designed the bonnet to be created in parts. That way, if the bonnet is to be a gift, the crocheter can work the central panel ahead of time. After the birth, when the baby’s initials and birth date are known, the crocheter can create the two side panels, netting, and trim. The smaller panels are crocheted with the motifs turned sideways to make the gauge match the center panel. The bonnet shown is trimmed in a soft pink 1/8-inch…