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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A Summer Wreath in Silk-Ribbon Embroidery

Bring the beauty of summer indoors with this Victorian-style pink daisy wreath

A Crochet Sample Book

Before published patterns, sample books provided a way for stitch patterns to be collected and shared.

Clothiers and Cottage Industries

Plain sewers and fancy needleworkers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries

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Knit an “All Shall Be Well” Shawl

Jacqueline based her shawl on the one her grandfather knitted during World War I.

Twin Loves: Literature and Knitting

A passion for literature and stitching comes alive in Joanna Johnson’s knitwear patterns inspired by beloved classic characters.

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Crochet Up Some Sunshine!

Banish the winter blues with a sunny pattern from Weldon’s

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Stitch a Bouquet of Irish Crochet Roses

Sample Irish crochet in the loveliest way with three beautiful roses to adorn your favorite things!

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Patriotic Knitting Bags of World War I

One of the most patriotic symbols of World War I were the knitting bags carried by women everywhere.

The Sampler Issue—Call for Submissions PieceWork Summer 2025

From practical to fanciful, samplers are a great way to study crafts of the past.

Long Thread Podcast: Masey Kaplan and Jen Simonic, Loose Ends

Season 9, Episode 7: If you couldn’t finish your needlework or craft project, what would become of it? A volunteer organization founded by two knitters wants to make sure it gets into the hands of your loved ones.

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The Art of Kofto Embroidery

Make Belgian Needle-Lace Hearts for Someone you Love

Belgium was known to have the greatest lacemaking centers in all of Northern Europe.

Poetic Needlework

Jehane bought vintage needlework, such as dresser scarves, and stitched new life into them.

Modern Victorian Knitting

Antique patterns make a wonderful starting point to create new designs.

Long Thread Podcast: Eileen Lee (classic)

Season 9, Episode 6: How does a textile tradition die—and how can it be saved? Hawaiian quilting developed as a unique art less than two centuries ago, but a tradition of secrecy put it in danger until one woman decided to preserve it.

The Resurgence of Doilies

Doilies are regaining popularity—no longer your great-aunt’s dust collectors, they’re now cool vintage décor.

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