Irina Stepanova

Berlin Wool: Fine Fiber from an Innovative Age

Learn about the effect of the Industrial Revolution on a stitching craft.

Passed Down from Generation to Generation: A Grandmother’s Russian Embroidery

Many needleworkers follow in the footsteps of family members who stitched before them. PieceWork contributors are no exception.

Sweet Remembrance: The Language of Flowers in Needlework

During the nineteenth century, illustrated floral dictionaries, descriptive lithographs, and entire books devoted to flowers appeared across Europe and in the United States.

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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.

Discover Victorian Berlin Work: A Reindeer Ornament to Stitch

The subtle shading of colors and delicate cross-stitch work on linen fabric in Irina Stepanova’s “A Berlin-Work Reindeer Ornament to Stitch,” from PieceWork’s September/October 2017 issue, captures the essence of nineteenth-century Berlin work.

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