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PieceWork May - June 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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Long Thread Media LLC
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2 min.
notions

It’s the May/June issue of PieceWork—it must be lace. Yes, it is! This 2017 Lace Issue brings you lace that ranges from Belgium during World War I to contemporary Guatemala. Sprinkled throughout are lace projects—knitted, tatted, and crocheted. Here are a few examples of the stellar stories from our contributors: ✥ Evelyn McMillan’s “Gratitude in Lace: World War I, Famine Relief, and Belgian Lacemakers” From the poignant opening photograph of a lacemaker making bobbin lace while sitting outside a house almost completely ravaged by the war to Evelyn’s quest to continue to document the lace that was made in Belgium during this period, you will be transfixed by this account. ✥ “Threads of Tradition: The Story of the Green Family’s Wedding Veil” by Kathy Augustine For her 1857 wedding to Robert Stockton Green, Mary Elizabeth…

3 min.
calendar

EXHIBITIONS San Francisco, California: Through June 4. Felt DeCoded, at the San Francisco Museum of Craft and Design. (415) 773-0303; http://sfmcd.org. San Francisco, California: Through August 20. The Summer of Love Experience: Art, Fashion, and Rock & Roll, at the de Young Museum. (415) 750-3600; www.deyoung.famsf.org. District of Columbia: Through July 24. Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair, at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. (202) 994-5200; www.museum.gwu.edu. Baltimore, Maryland: Through July 30. Timeless Weft: Ancient Tapestries and the Art of Louise B. Wheatley, at the Baltimore Museum of Art. (443) 573-1700; www.artbma.org. Boston, Massachusetts: Through August 19. Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry, at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. (617) 267-9300; www.mfa.org. Saint Paul, Minnesota: Through May 14. Global Technique, Local Pattern: Ikat Textiles, at the Goldstein Museum of Design.…

2 min.
necessities

Regal Hook Luxury is at your fingertips with BQueen Collection’s Crochet Hooks. Marrying the beauty of exotic woods, ergonomics, and high style, each handturned hook comes capped with one of four crowns: Marchioness, Duchess, Queen, and a custom option. These regal hooks come in U.S. sizes E-4 (3.5 mm) through Q (16 mm) and are sold individually or in sets.www.bqueencollection.com. Heirloom Lace This laceweight yarn comes from Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. Blacker Yarns’s St. Kilda is named for the remote island on the edge of the British Isles, which is a World Heritage site. This exquisite yarn is a blend of Shetland and two rare-breed sheep native to the islands, Boreray and Soay. Hand-dyed by Knitting Goddess, each skein is one-of-a-kind.www.blackeryarns.co.uk. Bounty of Shuttles With Clover’s Tatting Shuttle sets, available with two or five shuttles, you’ll…

4 min.
trimmings

Shown clockwise from the top are 1 Lace 2 Lace Insertion, 3 Lace No. 16, 4 Lace No. 12, and 5 Lace No. 10. Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s Knitted-Lace Samples The story of Mary Elizabeth Greenwall Edie’s knitted-lace sampler book is included in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork. Frances H. Rautenbach re-created several of Mary Elizabeth’s samples. Below are Frances’s notes on how she translated the original patterns, her instructions written with contemporary notations, and her tips for working the samples. Each sample retains the name that Mary Elizabeth used. Frances used Nazli Gelin Garden, 100% cotton thread, size 10, in #700-02 Cream (www.universalyarn.com) and size 1 (2.25 mm) needles to make her samples. —Editor I made letter-for-letter transcriptions of the handwritten penciled instructions. I then checked them by counting the number of…

11 min.
gratitude in lace

The story of how the lacemakers of Belgium were able to continue their delicate art during World War I (1914–1918) and how they used their skills to express the gratitude of their nation have now largely been forgotten. However, by knowing some of the background, seeing photographs of them working in front of their bombed houses, and studying examples of the tribute pieces they created, we can help keep their story of perseverance alive. During these years that mark the 100 anniversary of “the war to end all wars,” we have the opportunity to commemorate the lace workers, recognize those who came to their aid, and honor the organizations that saved the people of Belgium from starvation during the war. In August 1914, Germany, having declared war on France and Russia,…

8 min.
a revolutionary love story

In ordinary circumstances, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler would not have met, never mind married and become central figures in America’s first political sex scandal, only to be transformed into the romantic couple at the heart of a twenty-first-century hit Broadway musical. Hamilton was the illegitimate son of a couple on the fringes of society in the West Indies. Effectively orphaned and impoverished by the age of thirteen, he would have seemed to have had few prospects. Schuyler, on the other hand, was born into the wealthy and well-connected Schuyler family in New York, descended on both sides from early Dutch settlers. Yet fate and the American Revolution brought them together. Among artifacts remaining from those times and their relationship is a ruffled and embroidered white cap with lace insertions,…