Jeane Hutchins

A Victorian Treasure: Weldon’s Practical Needlework

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.

This Week in History: February 15, 1903: First Teddy Bear for Sale

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.

What Is a Fichu?

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.”

This Week in History: Needlework in the Montessori Classroom

Maria Montessori (1870–1952), well-known as an education innovator, opened her first school—Casa dei Bambini in Rome—on January 6, 1907.

This Week in History: Jane Austen and Her Needlework

December 16, 1775: Beloved author Jane Austen is born. Jane Austen and her work, both literary and needle, continue to fascinate.

Welcome Baby with Handknit Booties

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.

This Week in History: Discovering King Tutankhamun’s Textiles

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.

This Week in History: Queen Elizabeth I of England Ascends the Throne

As queen, opulence and splendor were no strangers to Elizabeth I. This included Elizabeth’s embroidered clothing and her knitted silk stockings.

PieceWork Winter 2018

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.

Last Week in History: Ellis Island Immigration Museum

The Ellis Island Immigration Station reopens after extensive restoration and becomes the Ellis Island Immigration Museum.