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Patty Reed's Doll: A Small Survivor of the Donner Party

The infamous Donner Party was one group of several that left Independence, Missouri, in mid-April 1846. They were all headed for Sutter’s Fort, California.

Like Disappearing Ink

Here’s the story of how Linda Ligon's son got lost in Tunis and discovered a not-quite-magical cloak.

The Knitted Green Sweater Project: A Holocaust Survival Story

From the midst of the madness that became World War II (1939-1945), one small knitted green sweater—made for a beloved granddaughter—survives.

A Brief History of Harvesting Spider Silk

If you've ever looked at a spider's web and wondered what it would be like to work with such a fiber you're not alone.


PieceWork Fall 2020 Call for Submissions: Mend, Remake, and Renew

Submit your proposals for the Fall 2020 issue of PieceWork and help us explore global textile traditions of reuse and renewal.

From Guinevere to Sally Field: A History of Wimples

When European soldiers came back from the Crusades they brought back more than just spices and silks, they also brought back the hijab which was then modified into the wimple and became the must-have head wear for queens and nuns alike.

PieceWork Winter 2019: The Work of Many Hands

Each and every issue of PieceWork is brought forth by many hands. However, this special issue has been carried forward by more hands than most.

A Stitch in Time: Norwich Stitch

The Norwich, waffle, southern cross, or plaited interlaced stitch is considered to be a large, square, highly textured, modern-day canvas and needlepoint stitch.

The Kurdish Socks of Iraq

What can a pair of socks reveal about the culture of a displaced and oppressed culture? In the Kurdish knitted stockings that she found in northern Iraq, Barb Sobkoviak saw pride in these works of folk art, tradition, and beauty.

Wee Work: Tiny Embroidery Stitches

I have here on my desk a tiny piece of Miao cross-stitch embroidery from Guizhou Province, China, that is worked at 34 stitches—cross-stitches!— to the inch.

Inspiration Found in a Knitted Victorian Border

Carolyn Wyborny’s crescent-shaped shawl was inspired by an engraving for the French Trellis Border from Weldon’s Practical Knitter Edgings, Fourteenth Series, published in London in 1890.

A Modern Take on Vintage Knitted Gloves: The Magpie Gloves

The gloves’ use of color reflects those found in old gloves, mittens, and socks all over Europe that have been knitted through the years—a strong dark-and-light contrast and a touch of red for luck.

We Can't Weave Well Enough Alone

Linda Ligon wrote this poem and read it during the Schacht Spindle Company's 50th anniversary celebration in September 2019. We hope you love it as much as we do.

Spin Off, Handwoven & PieceWork Come Home

Since beginning her independent craft publishing project in 1975, Linda Ligon saw the weaving, spinning, and needlework magazines move to bigger and bigger offices. But there’s no place like home.