Basic Embroidery Stitches

A visual primer of common embroidery stitches.

Making Margaretenspitze: A Tutorial

Learn a hand-knotted lace technique that only requires a few relatively inexpensive materials, which are easily found in most craft stores.

Margaret Stove, New Zealand’s Lacemaker to Royalty

In her article “Handspun Lace for a Prince” in the Summer 2013 issue of Spin Off, Margaret describes the painstaking process of designing, spinning, and knitting William’s shawl.

Victorian Socks for Independent Women

Influenced by a character named Emma from Margaret Oliphant’s book Hester: A Story of Contemporary Life, Carol decided to revise an original Weldon's sock pattern.

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Quilt Blocks to Knit

Send some cheer by post! Mail a special friend a note embellished with one of Ann Budd's knitted quilt blocks.

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Two-Color Norwegian Gloves

These gloves were inspired by a pair with similar patterning in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Coordinating the colored pattern with the glove shaping makes this a challenging project.

Trimmings: A Tatted Holiday Ornament

Trim a tree or collect a colorful assortment of tatted ornaments in a window for a festive addition to your holiday decor.

Pincushion, Knitted Like a Lemon

From Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 10, Twenty-eighth Series, we offer a charming citrus-shaped pincushion perfect for holiday giving. The instructions are presented here as they were originally published during the nineteenth century.

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Out of the Kitchen: A Collection of Aprons

Timeless, practical, and versatile, aprons transcend culture and fads.

Knots and Loops: Untangling the Structure of Lace

Although knotted laces have the advantage of being stable, they have the disadvantage of taking a long time to make. Looped lace may be fast to make, but it lacks stability.

A Bobbin-Lace Sample Book

Jane Garrett, a skilled lacemaker, spinner, weaver, and knitter, made theses bobbin-lace samples, which are still treasured today.

From Our Readers' Hands 2020

In gratitude for our PieceWork community, we're sharing some of their lovely needlework from 2020.

Quilt Blocks to Knit

Send some cheer by post! Mail a special friend a note embellished with one of Ann Budd's knitted quilt blocks.

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Punto Antico: Classic Italian Embroidery

Punto Antico (antique stitch), a type of Italian drawn-thread work, is thought to have its origins in the Levant. The geometric shapes are said to be inspired by the Arab influence that dominated the island of Sicily for centuries.

Silk Fabrics: A Primer

Silk fabrics are incredibly diverse, varying according to weave, thread count, and weight of the fibers.

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Two-Color Norwegian Gloves

These gloves were inspired by a pair with similar patterning in the Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa. Coordinating the colored pattern with the glove shaping makes this a challenging project.

Closure—Call for Submissions PieceWork Winter 2021

Help us end the calendar year by exploring the meaning of closure in textiles. Send PieceWork your article and project proposals for the Winter 2021 issue.

Artful and Practical: Fabric-Covered Needle Books

Not only are needle books beautiful and functional, but their construction did not take a large amount of fabric or time.

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