Susan Strawn

Patriotic Knitting Bags of World War I

One of the most patriotic symbols of World War I were the knitting bags carried by women everywhere.

In Appreciation of Pot Holders

After I wrote a story about a set of crocheted pot holders I discovered, readers responded with a range of opinions about this needlework form.

Another Noble Cause

Suffragist Knitters of World War I

Simply Another Name for Perfection—Corticelli Silk

Corticelli advertisements claimed that perfection was the company’s only acceptable product. Susan Strawn unravels the history of the Corticelli brand of silk yarn.

Here We Go to Mexico: Embroidered Mexican Souvenir Jackets

Colorful embroidered Mexican souvenir jackets offered both real and imagined holidays to Mexico during the late 1940s and early 1950s.

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Amana Star-Pattern Baby Bonnet to Knit

Knit a baby bonnet from the November/December 2000 issue of PieceWork based on ones in the collection of the Amana Heritage Society in Amana, Iowa.

Knitting Comforts for the Troops

During World War I (1914–1918), knitters produced prodigious quantities of warm clothing and other items for servicemen and the wounded.

“You’ve Got to Really Like Your Job” Department Stores as Purveyors of Yarn and Knitting Knowledge, 1930–1960

During the mid-twentieth century, department stores capitalized on knitting’s soaring popularity with free instruction from knitting experts.

All the World Is Needleworking! Florence Yoder Wilson and America’s Immigrant Needleworkers

Explore how Florence Yoder Wilson articles, published in Needlecraft: The Magazine of Home Arts during the 1930s, cast recent immigrants to America in a positive light.

Further Discoveries of Virginia Woods Bellamy’s Geometric Number Knitting

Virginia Woods Bellamy described Number Knitting as “merely a method of knitting design, based on squares and triangles and their tributary units.” She discarded traditional measurements for geometrical principles.

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