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To Darn or Not to Darn

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The Case of a Sodha Rajput Masala Bag

An embroidered bag from Chitra’s collection raises questions about its origins.

Soulful Samplers: Remembering My Mother’s Needlework

A mother’s stitched samplers provided comfort and inspiration during the pandemic.

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Grace Coolidge’s Great-Grandmother’s Counterpane

Knit a counterpane from the January/February 2011 issue based on the one made by First Lady Grace Coolidge.

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Grace Coolidge’s Great-Grandmother’s Counterpane

Knit a counterpane from the January/February 2011 issue based on the one made by First Lady Grace Coolidge.

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The Crown Prince’s Sweater

Knit a sweater from the January/February 2015 issue that was inspired by one worn by Crown Prince Harald of Norway when his family fled the Nazis in 1940.

Maltese Edging: A Crocheted-Lace Edging

Bart Elwell translated instructions for an elegant 1865 English crochet pattern.

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Amana Star-Pattern Baby Bonnet to Knit

Knit a baby bonnet from the November/December 2000 issue of PieceWork based on ones in the collection of the Amana Heritage Society in Amana, Iowa.

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Indulge and wear knitted socks around the house. Nothing feels cozier!

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Enjoy knitting projects that explore techniques and designs from different cultures.

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The Long Thread: Susan J. Jerome

Susan J. Jerome, Collections Manager, University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection

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The Crown Prince’s Sweater

Knit a sweater from the January/February 2015 issue that was inspired by one worn by Crown Prince Harald of Norway when his family fled the Nazis in 1940.

Safekeeping: PieceWork Summer 2021

Explore the preservation of needlework by learning about past makers, considering how we care for our collections today, and supporting future makers carrying needlework into the future.

Maltese Edging: A Crocheted-Lace Edging

Bart Elwell translated instructions for an elegant 1865 English crochet pattern.

Stitching Armenian Embroidery

Learn about Armenian embroidery from the August 1923 issue of The Modern Priscilla magazine.

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