Stitching in Solitude: Women Homesteaders

In light of current events, I’ve found my mind turning to “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the book, Laura and her family sewed and embroidered, alone in their home, carefully mending clothes and creating small items of beauty.

Embroidered Huck Towels

Huck embroidery was popular in America from the 1920s into the 1950s.

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.

The Green Sweater Project

A Holocaust Survival Story

BY: Lea Stern

A Hardanger Coaster to Stitch

The extensive embroidery collection at Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa, has provided me with endless inspiration for my own Hardanger embroidery projects.

Hardanger Embroidery: Needlework to Do When Loneliness Comes

Anna Anderson began her tablecloth on her journey from Norway to the United States. “My mother gave me the tablecloth when I was leaving, and told me that when I was feeling lonesome I should work on it," she recalled.

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Knit an Eighteenth-Century “Latrine Hat”

I developed this pattern after close examination of the artifact “latrine” hat excavated at the Fortress of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia, Canada. Log in to reveal this subscriber-exclusive pattern.

A Closer Look at Chenille

The French named this soft and fluffy yarn and fabric and are believed to have invented it, as well, sometime during the eighteenth century.

Protect Your Jaws from Septic Paws: Making Masks During the Spanish Flu

During the Spanish flu pandemic, countless women (and presumably some men) worked together to sew tens of thousands of masks.

Welsh Lace Trim to Crochet

Toni Rexroat re-created the pattern from one of the pieces of lace brought to Oklahoma from Wales by Linda Ligon’s mother’s stepmother. Here is the lovely result.