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A Victorian Purse in Tatting and Beads

Enjoy a free purse in tatting and beads pattern from PieceWork’s Trimmings. This column offers a collection of patterns, charts, and instructions that have been gleaned from old magazines and books that are no longer generally available.

ReMitts: Upcycling Wool to Feed Hungry People

Start with $100 and see how much good you can do.

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.

Patriotic Knitting Bags of World War I

Knitting bags have been long overlooked as one of the patriotic icons of World War I (1914–1918).

Dreamweaving with the Iban

For centuries the Iban people of Malaysia have literally woven their dreams into beautiful cloth.

Tapestry: Personal Threads

Telling our stories is a means of locating ourselves and of understanding who we are within the folds of a larger narrative.

A Brief History of Buffalo Plaid

I’m not sure exactly when it happened, but somehow, over these past few years, buffalo plaid moved its way from the rustic fringes to become the dominant plaid during the holiday season. It seems like it's just about everywhere.

The Perfectly Imperfect Embroidery of Banjara

Imperfection is a theme within Banjara textiles. To the casual observer, many of the embroidered designs look beautifully symmetrical, but upon closer inspection, there are often small areas of asymmetry or where a pattern briefly changes.

Bulgarian Kukeri

I wanted to take a moment to break up the usual holiday routine and talk about Bulgarian kukeri, a textile-rich tradition going back thousands of years.

Lacemaking in New Pitsligo, Scotland

Dean William Webster, the long-term spiritual leader of the village of New Pitsligo, noticed the lacemaking activities and suggested to the current laird that the lacemakers’ income could be increased if they were taught to produce finer-quality lace.