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Gifts of the Sultan: The Fashion Influence of Tippoo-Saïb

In their ceaseless quest for novelty, the fashion merchants of eighteenth-century Paris had been raiding the globe.

Soft Clouds and Dreamy Veils: Lacy Head Coverings in Victorian Britain

Women’s head coverings during the nineteenth century varied considerably, depending on the country, region, traditions, climate, religion, marital status, social or economic class, and fashion.

The Myth of the Aran Sweater

Through the years, the Aran sweater has developed quite the romantic backstory involving family knitting patterns and shipwrecks. Unfortunately, none of it is true.

Rita Riffolt Varney’s Bjärbo Sweater

Re-creating a Bjärbo sweater was a knitting challenge. But for Mimi Seyferth, it was also a way to honor Rita Riffolt Varney and her pride in her Swedish heritage.

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Further Discoveries of Virginia Woods Bellamy’s Geometric Number Knitting

Virginia Woods Bellamy described Number Knitting as “merely a method of knitting design, based on squares and triangles and their tributary units.” She discarded traditional measurements for geometrical principles.

Embark on a Needlework Adventure: Call for Submissions PieceWork Winter 2020

Submit your proposals for the Winter 2020 issue of PieceWork and see where your needlework explorations take you.

PieceWork Spring 2020: Expressions of the Past

Peel back the layers of needlework history and uncover more about historical textiles from around the globe in the Spring 2020 issue of PieceWork.

3 Valentine’s Day Gifts to Make and Give

Make someone feel extra special with one of these great craft ideas from Mary Polityka Bush featured in PieceWork’s July/August 2005 issue.

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.

5 Tips for Reading Victorian Knitting Patterns

Translating British Victorian knitting jargon into modern American terms can prove challenging!

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Forget-Me-Nots from the Victorian Age: Perforated-Paper Embroidery

In the Victorian era, it is not entirely surprising that thick paper, or card, was attempted as a ground material for hand embroidery—an important skill for every Victorian lady.

The Push-Pull of Doilies: Revered, Reviled, and Reconceived

Unlike quilts and other large textiles that are typically treated as important heirlooms, doilies are generally thought of as impractical “dust-collectors” made by fussy old women who had little to do with their time.

Lice and the History of Textiles

While lice aren't normally thought of as helpful, scientists have used lice to learn more about human history and, more specifically, the invention of clothing.

“Rebellious” and True Haapsalu Shawls

Deciphering the language of Estonian-lace knitting, Nancy Bush explains the subtle, and not so subtle, differences between "rebellious" and true Haapsalu shawls.

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