Essy Pattle: A Shetland Cinderella Stole to Knit

Discover the motifs in Hazel Carter's knitted shawl and how they represent the story of Essy Pattle, known as the Shetland Cinderella.

A Huck Towel to Embroider

With its vibrant, geometric designs, the huck towel is a colorful icon of mid-twentieth-century kitchens.

Lost in Translation

Vintage vs. Modern and Left vs. Right

PieceWork Winter 2021: Needlework, All Buttoned Up

Our closure issue takes a look at the subject both in a literal and cultural sense.


Buttons to Embroider and Needle Tat

Christen combined two great needlework techniques into one stunning button.

Knit an “All Shall Be Well” Shawl

Jacqueline based her shawl on the one her grandfather knitted while convalescing from an injury he received during World War I.

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An Indigo Stitch-Resist Scarf to Make

Give dyeing with indigo a try! This striking scarf features resist patterns made by folding, stitching, and pleating.

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Reins for Children

Delight in the vintage charm of Weldon's Practical Needlework and this re-creation from Franklin Habit.


Long Thread Podcast: Laurann Gilbertson

Season 3, Episode 7: As the curator of Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, Laurann Gilbertson has a dream job for lovers of historic textiles.

How to Safely Store (Most) Textiles: Part 3

Learn how to safely store your textiles and how to combat the three enemies of cloth.

The Art of Crocheting

What?! There are vintage patterns other than Weldon's?

Knit Nostalgia with Laura Ingalls's Petticoat Lace

Looking back to when PieceWork and Little House on the Prairie met and gave us a nostalgic moment.

The Beloved Sock Monkey

A visit with a favorite vintage find.

How to Store (Most) Textiles Safely: Part 2

Cleaning textiles is important before storing them—but only if it can be done safely.

Migration—Call for Submissions PieceWork Fall 2022

Our Fall issue will trace the history of needlework and makers on the move. Join us as we explore trade routes, multi-generational traditions, and the evolution of techniques. Send PieceWork your article and project proposals for the Fall 2022 issue.

Mad for Macramé Lace

A look into the popularity of macramé during Victorian times.

The History of the Louise All-In-One Sewing Aid

A look at female inventors who've created tools to assist them with their tasks.

Crochet from India

Contributor Chitra Balasubramaniam shares a beautiful piece that ties into history.