Many of you know that the PieceWork staff really loves Weldon’s Practical Needlework, published in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by Weldon’s, a prolific Victorian pattern company located in London.
On February 15, 1903, Morris Michtom (1870–1938) put a teddy bear made by his wife, Rose (1867–1937), in the window of their small candy and toy shop in Brooklyn. The rest, as they say, is history.
Basically, a fichu is a coverup. Here’s a definition from Encyclopedia of Clothing and Fashion: “In eighteenth-century Western fashions, bodices were cut revealingly low, requiring a piece of cloth, known as a fichu, to cover a woman’s chest.”
Maria Montessori (1870–1952), well-known as an education innovator, opened her first school—Casa dei Bambini in Rome—on January 6, 1907.
December 16, 1775: Beloved author Jane Austen is born. Jane Austen and her work, both literary and needle, continue to fascinate.
We were part of a large family (my grandmother had 9 brothers and sisters; all but 2 had children), so Mom knitted a lot of baby booties over the years.
British archaeologist Howard Carter found steps in Egypt's Valley of the Kings that lead the world to the tomb (and needlework) of King Tutankhamun.
As queen, opulence and splendor were no strangers to Elizabeth I. This included Elizabeth’s embroidered clothing and her knitted silk stockings.
Welcome to the Winter 2018 issue of PieceWork! It’s filled with information on two of my favorite things—magazines and books. That each feature and project includes the historical needlework context is icing on the cake.