Knitting As a Livelihood for Afghan Women

Even after the fall of the Taliban, as Afghanistan has remained in turmoil, Afghan women have continued to knit to earn money to support their families.

Buttons to Embroider and Needle Tat

Christen combined two great needlework techniques into one stunning button.

Turning My Grandmother’s Doilies into Quilts

To preserve and honor the needlework skills of the women in her family, Christine used vintage doilies to create a quilt.

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Threads of Tradition: The Story of the Green Family’s Wedding Veil

By incorporating the tradition of using Mary Elizabeth Mulligan’s veil in wedding celebrations through the generations, the Green family enjoyed and honored the lace and gained some wonderful memories.

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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.

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A Handstitched Collection of Mid-Century Handkerchiefs and Pillowcases

Mid-century homemakers decorated their household linens and handkerchiefs with embroidery, crochet, tatting, hairpin lace, and more—a discreet way to show off their needlework skills.

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.

Knitted Together Through Time

Joseph Sheldon Long fell ill during World War I, and his occupational therapy of choice was knitting.

Why Man-Made Fibers May Make a Poor Choice for Heirloom Textiles

A textile conservationist makes a passionate case for using natural fibers for treasured knitted and crocheted projects.

Long Thread Podcast: Penelope Hemingway

Season 2, Episode 9: In the back rooms of Yorkshire's archives and museums, textile treasures await an understanding historian.

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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.

Creating Style for Utility: Aprons Embellished with Trims

With the simplest of tools and materials, a housewife could turn a utilitarian accessory into something fanciful.

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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 Stitch in Time: Pekinese and Chinese Knot Stitches

There is confusion in the embroidery literature between these two similarly named stitches. Deanna helps explain the differences.

Sewing Memories: My Teenage Patchwork Quilt

Fabric scraps sewn into a college freshman’s quilt spark many memories.

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