The Tatting Treasures of Irene Buckland

Explore the tatting treasures made by an avid craftswoman that have been preserved for teaching future generations.

Repairing Mama’s Crocheted Tablecloth

The repairs turned out to be far more daunting than I had anticipated. Nearly every motif needed at least one repair; some of them were quite complex.

Back to Bargello

Bargello? Some of us of a certain age may faintly remember it from the sixties and seventies—on Auntie’s mod pillow covers or a funky needlepoint belt. In this new millennium, we look back at the history and evolution of this needlework technique.

The Embroidered Huipiles of Mexico’s Isthmus of Tehuantepec

The huipil has varied slightly over time, being wider and looser during certain periods and shorter and tighter in others, but always made from a rectangle folded in half with the neck cut out and the sides stitched together to the armholes.

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Cross-Stitch Heart with Quaker Motifs

Janice Wood created a sweet cross-stitch heart, which incorporates traditional Quaker sampler motifs with an alphabet on one side of the heart and the date and recipient’s initials on the reverse.

7 FREE Knitted Lace Projects from PieceWork Magazine

Are you captivated by vintage knitted lace? PieceWork magazine has curated a collection of 7 FREE, historical knitting patterns that will delight you.

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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Remnants to Remember

Peek inside the contents of hundreds of suitcases found in the Willard Asylum, revealing remnants of the lives left behind.

Tie a Traditional Thirty-Three-Knot Eastern Orthodox Prayer Rope

Tying traditional Orthodox prayer knots is a complex procedure and involves multiple movements for each completed knot.

Celebrate World Embroidery Day!

Another day to come together and spread the joy of handcraft!

Pieced Together—African Quilts of India

Learn about the tradition of Siddi quilts and how well-worn and discarded clothing becomes the visual history of a family and helps provide a source of income for women of the Siddi communities in India.

A Stitch in Time: The Buttonhole Stitch and Blanket Stitch

The buttonhole stitch was historically used to strengthen the cut edges of buttonholes but developed into a decorative surface-embroidery stitch with numerous variations.

Dorset Buttons to Make

In the March/April 2018 issue of PieceWork, Pat Olski shares with us the fascinating history behind Dorset buttons and how to make them.

The Eleonora Project, Part 4: The Lifecycle of Women’s Clothing

Clothing in the Eleonora di Toledo’s time was expensive. As a result, garments were worn for many years, then they were handed down, cut down, or repurposed.

The Dog Days of Summer

Need ideas to get the kids through the last few weeks of summer vacation? Why not learn a craft?

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.

PieceWork Fall 2022: Migration

Our Migration issue follows the threads of craft as they travel through time and across the globe.

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