Handstitched History

Sixteenth-Century Tailoring and the Modern Maker

The Anatomy of a Collection, Part 2: Pattern Pieces

Jill lovingly acts as caregiver for old paper sewing patterns.

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Ulu: Pattern for a Hawaiian Quilted Pillow

A quilted pillow is based on Eileen's grandmother’s old-style method of making Hawaiian quilts.


Buttons to Embroider and Needle Tat

Christen combined two great needlework techniques into one stunning button.

Knit an “All Shall Be Well” Shawl

Jacqueline based her shawl on the one her grandfather knitted while convalescing from an injury he received during World War I.

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An Indigo Stitch-Resist Scarf to Make

Give dyeing with indigo a try! This striking scarf features resist patterns made by folding, stitching, and pleating.

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Reins for Children

Delight in the vintage charm of Weldon's Practical Needlework and this re-creation from Franklin Habit.


A Uzebekistan Suzani to Treasure

A simple design, minute satin stitches, and fabulous colors in the base fabric and stitching drew Chitra to this suzani textile.

Developing a Character, Developing a Costume

What do you wear for historical reenactment?

Long Thread Podcast: Mathew Gnagy

Season 3, Episode 1: As the Modern Maker, Mathew Gnagy brings the needlework techniques of Early Modern Europe to a contemporary audience.

The Story in a Dress

What clues can we find in the handmade stitches of an 1850s dress?

Ticking: From Humble Origins to High Society

How did ticking go from utilitarian fabric to desirable design element? Christina has the scoop.

Collecting Contemporary Mayan Textiles

Mayan weavers employ traditional skills in today's woven and embroidered textiles.

Embellish—Call for Submissions PieceWork Summer 2022

Join us as we celebrate the historic needlework created to adorn and enliven daily life. Send PieceWork your article and project proposals for the Summer 2022 issue.

The Sampler of Maria Louisa Bethausen

The tale of a remarkable girlhood embroidery and its maker.

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Peruvian Figure Purse Elements to Knit

Ann Budd adapted the hat, a hand, a leg, and the cape from a male figure purse, or monedero.

BY: Ann Budd