PieceWork Current Issue

Piecework March | April 2015

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Welcome to our special Projects Issue!

Inside, you’ll find sixteen projects from an amazing team of designers worked in a wide variety of techniques, from knitting to needlework and tatting. Each is accompanied by an introduction that sets the historical context. For example, Donna Druchunas adapted the patterns for her three knitted flowers from The Floral Knitting Book by A Lady, published in London in1847. As was typical for that time, no illustrations of the completed flowers appear in the book. Donna embarked without knowing the size or appearance of the flowers. A very Victorian endeavor, indeed.

Eileen Lee looked to the long tradition of making bead-knitted bags, using very small beads for her stunning little bag. Irina Stepanova sought inspiration from the mid-nineteenth- century Biedermeier period for her stunning silk-on-silk gauze motif; it’s perfect inserted into the cover of a beautiful wooden jewelry box.

Five of the sixteen projects reflect the focus of this year’s PieceWork contest—Pincushions. We are so looking forward to your entries in the contest. Winners in each of the five categories will receive $250 worth of needlework supplies provided by our generous sponsors and will be featured in the September/October 2015 issue.

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Sardinian
Tatted_150
Chapeau_150
Sardinian Heart Biscornu Pincushion to Stitch
Gioja Ralui
A Pincushion to Tat
Marion T. Leyds
A Petite Chapeau Pincushion to Embroider
Mary Polityka Bush
Silk_150
Biscornu_150
Ghoti_160
A Silk Pincushion to Knit
Donna Druchunas
Heraldic Rose Biscornu Pincushion to Stitch
Katrina King
Ghoti: A Scissors Case to Knit
Karen E. Hooton
Biedermeier_160
 Flower_160  Red Needlebook_160
A Biedermeier Wreath to Stitch
Irina Stepanova
Tiger Lily, Scarlet Geranium, and Yellow Jessamine: Flowers to Knit
Donna Druchunas
A Little Girl in Red: A Needle Case to Stitch
Katherine Augustine
Beaded bag_160
 Luttrell_160   Untitled-13
A Little Bag to Bead-Knit
Eileen Lee
Luttrell Psalter Lady with Squirrel to Stitch
Tanya Bentham
Mini Motif Costumes to Stitch

Volume XXIII, Number 2

Bunnies, Canoes—and Roller Skates, Too: Novelty Pincushions of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries
Mary Polityka Bush

Sardinian Heart Biscornu Pincushion
to Stitch
Gioja Ralui

A Pincushion to Tat
Marion T. Leyds

A Petite Chapeau Pincushion to Embroider
Mary Polityka Bush

A Silk Pincushion to Knit
Donna Druchunas

Heraldic Rose Biscornu Pincushion
to Stitch
Katrina King

Ghoti: A Scissors Case to Knit
Karen E. Hooton

A Biedermeier Wreath to Stitch
Irina Stepanova

Tiger Lily, Scarlet Geranium, and Yellow Jessamine: Flowers to Knit
Donna Druchunas

A Little Girl in Red: A Needle Case
to Stitch
Katherine Augustine

A Little Bag to Bead-Knit
Eileen Lee

Luttrell Psalter Lady with Squirrel to Stitch
Tanya Bentham

Mini Motif Costumes to Stitch

One thought on “PieceWork Current Issue

  1. Beth Johnson

    Re. Vandyke Collar chart/pattern
    Re. Vandyke Collar pattern adapted by Rebecca Blair
    I have attempted this twice and come up with: 1 extra stitch on row 30.
    Row 42 ends the repeat with 65 sts (end of first repeat).
    Row 1 of chart reduces this by 1 st, giving me 64 – however, I should have 63 after row 1 of chart..

    Am I not reading the pattern correctly? Thanks for your assistance. Love the pattern.
    Beth Johnson

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