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Repairing Worn Patchwork Quilts

Over time, vintage and antique textiles can become worn and threadbare. Follow these simple steps to mend and repair your treasured quilt.

A Maker’s Marks: The Hexagon-Flower Mending Bag

Studying the details of vintage and antique textiles can lead to many questions, and it helps us learn more about the era they came from.

How to Display (Most) Textiles Safely, Part 3

Learn the best practices of displaying textiles in shadow boxes.

PieceWork Fall 2020: Mend, Make, and Renew

In the latest issue of PieceWork, we explore how the preservation of textiles, through mending and re-creation, connects us to the past.

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Sujnis: Recycling Clothing into Quilts in India

For centuries, the need to create warm bedding together with an endless supply of old clothing has resulted in the production of elaborately embroidered sujnis in Bihar.

Rules for Teaching a Child to Tat

Teaching a child to tat in the oppressive Oklahoma summer heat presents certain challenges. Here are a few rules to keep in mind to make the experience more enjoyable for all involved.

Safekeeping: Preserving Needlework Histories—Call for Submissions PieceWork Summer 2021

Send PieceWork your article and project proposals for the Summer 2021 issue, and help us share the stories of treasured textile traditions for future makers.

A Brief History of the Pocket in Women’s Fashion

Pockets—practical, convenient, and sometimes, so mysterious. Find them hidden inside or boldly stitched to the front of a garment.

How to Display (Most) Textiles Without Damage, Part 2

Mounting and framing heirloom embroidery, cross-stitch, and other small textiles safely takes a little work, but the results are more than worth it.

Buying Lace on a Russian Train

Friends back home had suggested that I purchase lace while in Russia.

Upcycled and Recycled: Dhataniya Dowry Bags

For weddings, it is rare for all dowry items to be made brand new. In this case, an upcycled square piece of textile was embroidered and then folded in half and stitched along the sides to form a small bag.

Costume: Creative Inspiration, Cultural Artifact

Modes of dress are constantly changing, even those that are apparently cemented in tradition.

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.

The Carpet Slippers of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Africa

On average, it takes two weeks to needlepoint the fabric for a pair of carpet slippers.

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