Bargello: Cloaked in Legend

The origins of the simple, yet striking, bargello stitch remain clouded in mystery, but its popularity has spanned centuries.

Knit, Purl, Heal

Scientific research now validates what die-hard knitters have long known in their hearts: the power to manage stress, to control well-being, and to recover from certain physical injuries often lies in one’s own hands.

The Sun Laces

A circular form of Spanish lace first appeared in sixteenth-century paintings, but this style of lace soon radiated out, and variations can be found far and wide.

“You’ve Got to Really Like Your Job” Department Stores as Purveyors of Yarn and Knitting Knowledge, 1930–1960

During the mid-twentieth century, department stores capitalized on knitting’s soaring popularity with free instruction from knitting experts.

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Portuguese Socks from Serra D’Ossa

Andrea Wong’s miniature Portuguese stocking, from the January/February 2017 issue of PieceWork, is based on socks in the classic style of those from Serra D’Ossa, Portugal.

A Dorset Crosswheel Button to Make

Learn to make a classic Dorset-style button. Handmade buttons were sold throughout Europe and the Americas from 1700 until 1860.

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Fluted Lace Shawl

A 1930s knitted-lace edging provides the springboard for an exploration of knitting vintage patterns at a larger gauge. Cast on and knit along.

The Firebird: Magical Protagonist of Russian Fairy Tales

Russian fairy tales feature a magical glowing bird from a faraway land, the Firebird.

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Portuguese Socks from Serra D’Ossa

Andrea Wong’s miniature Portuguese stocking, from the January/February 2017 issue of PieceWork, is based on socks in the classic style of those from Serra D’Ossa, Portugal.

A Needleworker’s Companion: A Friend in Need Book

When Dawn bought her first antique friend in need book, she was attracted to its sweet, sewing-themed pockets, which are finished with braid trim on the pocket flap edges and labeled for the various contents held inside.

Painter’s Tape to the Rescue for Thread Crochet Projects

Fine thread and steel hooks make tiny crochet stitches. Here's a handy tip to help make your stitching less challenging.

The Legend of Tea Cozies

Victorians transformed tea cozies from a necessity into fashion; they are still popular today.

Notions: Textile Journeys from Home

Set off on a textile adventure with PieceWork Winter 2020 and read about the threads that connect our needlework traditions.

Anu Raud’s Animals

Anu Raud's animals each have a unique personality and were designed to teach children about Estonian culture and traditions.

Young People’s Civil War Charity Knitting: The Alcott Connection

In the vein of "no idle hands," children took up needles, knitting everything from simple projects to socks, to aid soldiers during the Civil War.

Surma Dani: An Embroidered Bag from Afghanistan

In a market, Chitra chanced upon a little bag from Afghanistan, which led her to research its tribal origins.

A Tribute to a Lace-Knitting Legend: Olga Alexandrovna Fedorova

Galina Khmeleva will remember the many months she spent under Olga Fedorova’s careful tutelage and watchful eyes while a guest in Olga’s home in Orenburg, Russia, perfecting her lace-knitting skills.

The Glamour of It All: Collecting Vintage Handbags

Before you begin a collection of your own, whether it be of handbags, lace, linens, quilts, or garments, Christen Brown suggest that you first research the periods and styles that interest you the most.

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