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PieceWork September - October 2015

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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Long Thread Media LLC
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Quarterly
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2 min.
notions

Our September/October literary-inspired issue is here! As most of you know, this issue always resonates with me—I am a voracious reader and eager to discover new titles for my ever-growing book-wish list. This issue has provided many. We start off with Kathy Augustine’s “Stitching with Paint: Inside the World of Jan Brett.” Jan Brett writes and illustrates delightful books for children of all ages; each is permeated with folklore and folk costume and each is mesmerizing. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent poring over the details in the illustrations in many of her classics, including Trouble with Trolls, which is featured here. I’m looking forward to doing the same when her latest book, The Turnip, is published in November. Mimi Seyferth uncovered fascinating information about beloved American author Nathaniel…

1 min.
tapestry

Embroidery Master Embroideries by Mical Aloni from her new series, “Fragile: Sparks of a Dream,” were selected to be exhibited at the Smithsonian National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., in late April 2015. Aloni, a self-taught artist originally from Israel, utilizes the layering of closely matched threads to create pieces that resemble a painting more than a traditional work of embroidery. To view more of her work: www.micalaloni.com.…

1 min.
the last word

To learn more about the rich and ongoing tradition of various forms of needlework, we recommend these books. —Editor Crochet So Lovely: 21 Carefree Lace Designs Fort Collins, Colorado: Interweave, 2014. Softbound, 135 pages, $24.99. ISBN: 978-1-62033-689-2. Visit bit.ly/crochet-so-lovely for more information. Knitting: Fashion, Industry, Craft London: V&A Publishing, 2012. Hardbound, 240 pages, $60. ISBN: 978-1-851-77559-0. Visit bit.ly/knitting-fashion-industry-craft for more information. Stitching Resistance: Women, Creativity, and Fiber Art Turnbridge Wells, Kent, England: Solis Press, 2014. Softbound, 232 pages, $60. ISBN: 978-1-907947-90-2. Custom Socks: Knit to Fit Your Feet Fort Collins, Colorado: Interweave, 2015. Softbound, 192 pages, $27.99. ISBN: 978-1-62033-775-2. Visit bit.ly/custom-socks for more information. Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer New York: STC Craft, 2015. Hardbound, 160 pages, $29.95. ISBN: 978-1-61769-141-6. Visit bit.ly/rebecca-ringquistembroidery-workshops…

3 min.
pincushion contest 2015 winners

Once again, our sincere thanks to each person who entered this contest. As with past PieceWork contests, your creativity and your technical expertise wowed our panel of judges. We used the blind-judging format—each entry was assigned a number, and all references to names were eliminated before judging. Our judges relayed that with so many worthy entries, the process was difficult—but so rewarding. Each of the First-Place category winners will receive $250 in products from our generous sponsors. The Honorable Mention entries will receive a two-year subscription to PieceWork; Semifinalists will receive a one-year subscription. Congratulations to our winners. They created pincushions extraordinaire! To our sponsers—Clover Needlecraft, Skacel/ Addi, Handy Hands, and Colonial Needle: The contest would not have been possible without you. Thank you so much for your support. —Editor First Place, Beading Sponsored by Clover Needlecraft…

7 min.
stitching with paint

If it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then Jan Brett has “written” thousands of words beyond the story texts in her children’s books. She has more than three dozen children’s picture books to her name, and her exquisitely detailed illustrations draw the reader deeply into the stories. Her books are set in different places and cultures around the world, and they introduce textiles and other crafts through the illustrations of the tale and through the pages’ borders. One border might show exquisite knitting motifs, another beadwork, and a third decorative rope. Patterns, designs, and colors abound; they become part of the world each book creates. During a telephone interview earlier this year, Jan discussed many aspects of her work. Inspiration for a story can arise from…

1 min.
more about jan brett

When Jan Brett is not on the road, she loves baking whole-grain bread laden with cranberries, lingonberries, and chopped walnuts. She is also an avid runner and has competed in the Boston marathon about a dozen times. Her regular three-hour neighborhood runs often help her clear her thoughts and resolve any story challenges. Weekly, Jan attends concerts at Symphony Hall, where her husband, Joe Hearne, is a bassist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She has five grandchildren, two of whom live in Okinawa, Japan, with her daughter and son-in-law, who are both Marines.…