Needlework Traditions Blog

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Butterflies, Joy, and Good Luck

Butterflies have fascinated people for more than 3,500 years. Ancient Egyptians, Aztecs, and Mayans all depicted butterflies in their art. We are still drawn to these ethereal creatures. Designer Inna Voltchkova’s breathtaking Russian Triangular Butterfly Shawl to Knit was included in PieceWork’s May/June 2012 Lace Issue. Inna offered the following information on the symbolism...

Learn how to make this delicate #lace edging!

Old Lace and New

For years before I began working at Interweave, the lace issue of PieceWork sent shivers up my spine–so much beauty in one magazine seemed almost decadent. In the past, knitted lace got most of my attention as I thumbed through the magazine, partly because lace knitting is one of my favorite activities, and partly...

Learn how to crochet these gorgeous vintage-inspired buttons! Great idea for adding elegance to your sewing.

A Few of My Crochet Favorite Things

The word “crochet” never pops into my head without a visual image of my grandfather’s mother sitting in our kitchen crocheting when I was child. If Granny Kane was sitting down, she was crocheting. She crocheted rag rugs; she crocheted endless squares for afghans; she crocheted clothes for my dolls. So my memories of...

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Putting the Edge On: Lace, Lace, Lace

Have you ever noticed how some English words can work magic simply by their sound? I hear them and get a little light-headed. Chocolate. Money. Kittens. Lace. The word alone calls up images of christening gowns with delicate edgings, shawls with glorious all-over patterns, embroidered bodices on wedding gowns, and so much more. Lace...

Wrap Yourself Up in Lace

Since the September/October 1993 issue, more than 200 articles and projects on lace—bobbin, needle, knitted, tatted, or crocheted have appeared in PieceWork. There is just something about lace! The following excerpt from Jules Kliot’s “The Enigma of Lace” (January/February 2001) captures the spell that lace has cast over so many throughout the ages: Lace...

A Night on the Town with the Evening Stockings Kit

Victorian sensibilities and fashions obviously vary greatly from today’s trends. “Evening stockings” today might call up images of fishnet hose and stiletto heels (or more extreme styles that would make Her Majesty faint with horror. She would not be amused.). Yet in 1900, when Weldon’s Practical Needlework published this pattern, delicate lace in a...

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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...