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.
In their ceaseless quest for novelty, the fashion merchants of eighteenth-century Paris had been raiding the globe.
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.
Through the years, the Aran sweater has developed quite the romantic backstory involving ancient family knitting patterns and shipwrecks.
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.
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.
Submit your proposals for the Winter 2020 issue of PieceWork and see where your needlework explorations take you.
Peel back the layers of needlework history and uncover more about historical textiles from around the globe in the Spring 2020 issue of PieceWork.
Make someone feel extra special with one of these great craft ideas from Mary Polityka Bush featured in PieceWork’s July/August 2005 issue.
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