General Jinjur’s Army of Knitters

L. Frank Baum, as a clever spinner of stories, while writing a magical tale for children was also using Jinjur and her army as an allegory for the women’s suffrage movement, to which he was no stranger.

Announcing the Long Thread Cares $50,000 Grant Program

We’re offering $50,000 in free digital advertising to small businesses that have been damaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Keep reading to learn how to apply.

Woad and the Invention of Blue

Once upon a time, people had no concept of the color blue.

Hidden Histories: Call for Submissions PieceWork Spring 2021

Help us uncover the untold stories behind the makers of the past in the Spring 2021 issue of PieceWork.


All the World Is Needleworking! Florence Yoder Wilson and America’s Immigrant Needleworkers

Explore how Florence Yoder Wilson articles, published in Needlecraft: The Magazine of Home Arts during the 1930s, cast recent immigrants to America in a positive light.

Easy Stitcheries for Little Fingers

February is National Embroidery Month. It is no secret that we here in the PieceWork office love embroidery!

Find Joy in Making

If staying home gives you the blues, and you don’t know what to do, learn something new.

Welsh Lace

This is a sad story. It’s the story of young love, transatlantic voyages, early demise, heartbreak, a family wrenched apart, and a bit of handmade lace that survived.

The Truth About Togas

To many people, togas are synonymous with ancient Greece. The only problem? Togas aren’t Greek.

Falling for Bobbin Lace

Where knitting has knit and purl stitches, bobbin lace has crosses and twists; where knitting has needles, bobbin lace has bobbins.

Victoria’s Passion: Queen Victoria’s Unremitting Love of All Things Lace

Queen Victoria (1819–1901) was entranced, enthralled, and enthusiastic for and about lace, be it knitted, needle, or bobbin.

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Learning to Needle-Tat

These instructions are based on the information in Barbara Foster’s Learn Needle Tatting, Step by Step (Paxton, Illinois: Handy Hands, 1998), which provides complete step-by-step needle-tatting instructions accompanied by plentiful photographs.

Clones Lace Christening Robe and Bonnet, a Family Tradition

It was during the Great Famine (1845–1849) that women, through their artistic and delicate hands, created the singular craft of Clones lace.

A Publishing Juggernaut—Priscilla

The late nineteenth century saw a surge in the availability of magazines and publications directed at the female market.