Historically, and often out of necessity, children were taught to spin, knit, weave, and do other forms of needlework at a young age. How old were you when you first took needle and yarn in hand?
From Bloomingdale's to the International Folk Art Market (with stops on 5 continents), Keith Recker keeps following his passion for color.
Busy parents around the globe have found different ways to keep babies protected—physically and spiritually. Read about the stunning cradleboards that were created in several native North American traditions to swaddle and secure.
I developed this pattern after close examination of the artifact “latrine” hat excavated at the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Log in to reveal this subscriber-exclusive pattern.
Buttonhole samplers don’t contain the elegant scenes, alphabets, and pious poetry, but a young woman preparing for a job as a domestic servant or seamstress could use a buttonhole sampler to demonstrate her sewing abilities.
Berlin wool was famous for its clear, bright shades, pure whites, and delicate pastels. The vibrancy of color was imparted to the yarn by newly developed synthetic aniline dyes.
Learn tips and techniques to help you properly store extra-special textiles.
Inspiration for these three bookmarks to crochet, stitch, and knit came from some of the designers' favorite books.
Patched and mended fabrics can have a reputation as shabby, but stitchers around the world have developed a variety of mending methods ways to turn holes into badges.
Linda Ligon recalls going to the feed store with her mother and shopping for sacks for a feed-sack dress.
The ancient game of Caupar is mentioned in several historical records, and several old paintings and embroidery pieces show kings and subjects playing it with gusto. It is still played with gusto across India.
Commonplace, but not common, surviving miser bags and purses demonstrate the amazing variety of techniques in creation and decoration.
Let’s talk about the greatest enemy of all textiles: light.
For its age, the shawl was in remarkably good condition, but it had a number of noticeable holes and discolored areas. Galina Khmeleva was well aware of the difficulties inherent in working with such a delicate fabric.