Needlework Traditions Blog

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My PieceWork Story

We asked Samantha Wranosky, PieceWork’s associate art director, to share her thoughts about needlework connections. Here’s Samantha! –Jeane When my sister and I were young, my grandmother sewed a lot of our clothes and knitted sweaters for us to wear. When knitting the sweaters, she used the same pattern–whether it was for her or...

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A Care-Free Polaris Puppy

People generally figure out how much I love animals within 10 minutes of conversation. Maybe it’s the cat hair on my clothes; maybe it’s the collection of needle-felted animals in my office; maybe it’s my insistence that coworkers stand at my computer to watch online animal videos. Furry critters enrich my life. But the...

For the Gansey Obsessed

These hands are Alf’s hands. Alf Hildred, a retired trawlerman in Whitby, England, has been knitting traditional gansey patterns for the past forty years. You go, Alf! I have long been a gansey sweater fan. They seem to exude both magic and mystery and evoke romantic visions of life at sea. Traditionally, however, ganseys...

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Adventurous Knitters Who Blazed the Trail

Welcome to the Amazing Adventures edition of Knitting Traditions! It’s all about explorers and adventurers–some were attempting to reach the North or the South Pole, others to circumnavigate the globe. Not all of them were men. In her article, “Knitwear for Polar Explorers,” Angharad Thomas examines the exploits of a number of famous explorers,...

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Do You Want to Make Beautiful Lace? Learn to Tat!

If you want to learn shuttle tatting, we have a video presented by PieceWork contributor and master tatter Georgia Seitz for you! Georgia has been tatting for more than 30 years, and she always has a shuttle and some thread with her. If you find yourself on a line at the grocery store, airport,...

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An Ode to Embroidery

Embroidery has always fascinated me. Whether it be bead embellishments on a cardigan or fancy stitching on a tablecloth, the attention that goes into each and every detail of an embroidered piece, no matter if it’s an article of clothing or a piece of jewelry, is personally mind-boggling and awe-inspiring…especially since I can’t knit...

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Vintage Crochet Lace and New Crochet Designs

We asked Toni Rexroat, online editor of Crochet Me, about her take on vintage crochet lace patterns. Here’s Toni! When do you think they first discovered crochet’s incredible gift for creating delicate lace? Crochet’s history is surrounded in mystery. It’s not known exactly when or where crochet was first worked or what the first...

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Going to the Chapel in Gloves

“Show me your hands!” may never make the list of great pick-up lines anywhere but Norway.  Embroidered handwear played a prominent role in courtship, betrothal, and wedding ceremonies for men and women in the nineteenth century. Women would knit gloves, mittens, or fingerless mitts and then embroider colorful flowers onto them, displaying their talent...

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Pincushions Rule

Since at least the 16th century, needleworkers have cherished their pincushions. These handy, often diminutive, sewing accessories continue to abound. Frequent PieceWork contributor Mary Polityka Bush focused on Victorian-era examples in her article in the March/April 2015 issue of PieceWork, “Bunnies, Canoes–and Roller Skates, Too: Novelty Pincushions of the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.”...