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Deep-Seated Associations: Textile Threads in Language, Myths, Fairy Tales, and Novels

Stories that feature the primacy of textiles and the way they are connected with women are quite ancient. Our language is full of metaphors that demonstrate these deep, primal associations.

Gifts of the Sultan: The Fashion Influence of Tippoo-Saïb

In their ceaseless quest for novelty, the fashion merchants of eighteenth-century Paris had been raiding the globe.

Soft Clouds and Dreamy Veils: Lacy Head Coverings in Victorian Britain

Women’s head coverings during the nineteenth century varied considerably, depending on the country, region, traditions, climate, religion, marital status, social or economic class, and fashion.

The Myth of the Aran Sweater

Through the years, the Aran sweater has developed quite the romantic backstory involving ancient family knitting patterns and shipwrecks.

Rita Riffolt Varney’s Bjärbo Sweater

Re-creating a Bjärbo sweater was a knitting challenge. But for Mimi Seyferth, it was also a way to honor Rita Riffolt Varney and her pride in her Swedish heritage.

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.

Embark on a Needlework Adventure: Call for Submissions PieceWork Winter 2020

Submit your proposals for the Winter 2020 issue of PieceWork and see where your needlework explorations take you.

PieceWork Spring 2020: Expressions of the Past

Peel back the layers of needlework history and uncover more about historical textiles from around the globe in the Spring 2020 issue of PieceWork.

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.

7 FREE Knitted Lace Projects from PieceWork Magazine

Are you captivated by vintage knitted lace? PieceWork magazine has curated a collection of 7 FREE, historical knitting patterns that will delight you.