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PieceWork

PieceWork September - October 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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United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Long Thread Media LLC
Frequency:
Quarterly
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2 min.
notions

My own lifelong connection to needlework is rooted in my family’s rich tradition of handwork. My childhood was filled with laughter and love in an extended family spanning four generations, whose members embroidered, sewed, knitted, crocheted, hooked rugs, and quilted. I spent countless hours watching them at work and playing with the fabrics, yarns, threads, and buttons. Especially buttons. My home state of Virginia had a number of button factories when I was a child. A great aunt and uncle indulged my button fascination with frequent trips to those factories to purchase buttons in quantity. I had more buttons, by far, than I could count. I adored sorting through them, arranging them by shape or color, rearranging them into different assortments, and doing it all over again. The best part of the…

5 min.
by post

From Our Readers’ Hands Here is a pillowcase I made incorporating Mary Polityka Bush’s redwork garland pattern from the March/April 2011 issue and a crocheted edging. I love this red garland and have worked it three times. My Aunt Golden taught me to crochet when I was ten years old. The crocheted edging is from Crochet Edgings & Insertions from Early 20th Century Sources by Eliza A. Taylor and Belle Robinson (Berkeley, California: Lacis, 1996). I keep all the back issues of PieceWork and really enjoy the magazine. Via email Carole Wedman I fell in love with Carol Huebscher Rhoades’s Victorian baby blanket pattern from the July/August 2015 issue, and I hoped one day there would be someone to knit it for. The opportunity arrived this year with the arrival of great nephew…

2 min.
calendar

EXHIBITIONS Los Angeles, California: Through December 22. Fashion Philanthropy: The Linda and Steven Plochocki Collection, at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum. (213) 623-5821; www.fidmmuseum.org. San Francisco, California: Through November 12. Stepping Out: Shoes in World Cultures, at the SFO Museum in the San Francisco International Airport. (650) 821-6700; www.flysfo.com/museum. District of Columbia: September 30–January 29, 2018. The Box Project: Uncommon Threads, at George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum. (202) 994-5200; www.museum.gwu.edu. Melbourne, Florida: September 16–December 16. Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America, at the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts at the Florida Institute of Technology. (321) 674-8313; http://textiles.fit.edu. Boston, Massachusetts: Through August 19, 2018. Past Is Present: Revival Jewelry, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. (617) 267-9300; www.mfa.org. New York, New York: Through October 1 and October…

1 min.
needlework necessities

At Rainbow Gallery we pride ourselves on having just what you need to bring that special cross stitch, needlepoint, embroidery or quilting project to life. One of our best sellers is Silk Lamé Braid. This versatile thread consists of Silk and Metallic filaments braided together to create one strand to use as is off the card. Silk Lamé Braid is available in 3 sizes including petite with a palette of over 200 beautiful colors. (818) 982-6406 www.rainbowgallery.cominfo@rainbowgallery.com Waverly Wool is Brown Sheep Company’s yarn designed specifically for needlepoint. With nearly 500 hues, you’ll be sure to find the right color for your creation. Waverly Wool can be ordered in small 8-yard hanks or full-sized hanks of 162 yards. (800) 826-9136 www.brownsheep.com Brand new lushly embroidered Tapestry Bags from Plymouth Yarn are perfect for any project!…

10 min.
gaman

Ancient Greeks believed that nine deities called Muses were the source of all knowledge and inspired artistic creation. Museums, homes for the muses, hold knowledge waiting to be discovered, and their collections inspire creators in all realms of art and science. Hand-embroidered mittens exhibited at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (the “Wing”) in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District inspired this story about the mittens, their maker, and her family. In 1943, Amy Yoshi Hara’s mother embroidered whimsical floral designs onto a pair of plain Army-issue woolen mittens for her. Amy saved her mother’s embroidered mittens and in 1992 donated them to the Wing. Though quiet and unassuming, the embroidered mittens now contribute to an exhibition that tells one American story of persistence and determination under adverse circumstances. Amy’s mother,…

5 min.
gaman mittens to knit and embroider

Inspired by the preceding article A pair of mittens hand-embroidered in a World War II (1939–1945) Japanese internment camp inspired my pattern for gaman mittens. Gaman means to persevere with dignity under adverse circumstances. I learned the word “gaman” from an exhibition of objects made by former Japanese internees and from the book on which the exhibition was based, The Art of Gaman: Arts and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps 1942–1946 (Berkeley, California: Ten Speed Press, 2005). The original mittens can be seen on exhibit at the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (the “Wing”) in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District. The mittens at the Wing were manufactured Army-issue but hand-embroidered, using cotton embroidery floss, no doubt working with materials available in the camp. I chose to handknit a…