Mary Polityka Bush


Church Dolls: Seen but Not Heard

Simple items that created an entertaining toy and sometimes a lasting memento in the 1800’s.

Embroidered Huck Towels

A look at the history and patterns of a simple yet effective technique

The Lace Mantilla: A Centuries-Old Spanish Tradition

Not only a lovely garment but also a piece of a woman’s identity

Knitting Spools

Rediscover a tool used to create a tubular or flat fabric by repeatedly interlocking loops of yarn.

A Huck Towel to Embroider

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

Embroidered Suspenders: A Special Engagement Gift

The embroidered suspenders made by Oline Hansen as an engagement gift for husband Karl Madsen continue to be a treasured family heirloom.

Knit, Purl, Heal

Scientific research now validates what die-hard knitters have long known in their hearts: the power to manage stress, to control well-being, and to recover from certain physical injuries often lies in one’s own hands.

Cheering Daily Life with Depression Lace

Despite its popularity in the 1920s and 1930s, Depression Lace today is generally categorized—and often dismissed—as folk embroidery.

3 Valentine’s Day Gifts to Make and Give

Make someone feel extra special with one of these great craft ideas from Mary Polityka Bush featured in PieceWork’s July/August 2005 issue.

3 Ways to Add Vintage Flair to Your Holiday Wrapping

Why not add a dash of vintage flair to your holiday wrapping? Mary Polityka Bush shared festive ways to wrap gifts in the Nov/Dec 2007 issue of Piecework.