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 Editorial Staff Feb 7, 2020 - 3 min read

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These gorgeous gloves, featured in the July/August 2017 issue of PieceWork and designed by Nancy Bush honor her friend Aire Salmre, introduce readers to the brilliant Estonian technique of roosimine, which means “to decorate with roses.” Photos by George Boe

When we set out with our needles and thread in hand to explore the world of needlework, who knows where our investigations will lead us? In the Winter 2020 issue of PieceWork, we celebrate those adventurous makers who came before us.

Tell us about an industrious needleworker who came up with a solution to a common problem and created a technique still in use today. Know of an educator whose passion for handwork led to the founding of a school where crafts are still taught to this day? Share the story of a textile collector whose fine eye for curation kept a needlework tradition alive.

Join us in helping to preserve the history of all needlework by sharing your article and project ideas with PieceWork.


Hands-on activities, such as needlework, are stil a key component of the curriculum in Montessori schools. Photograph of Maria Montessori. Circa 1910–1915. George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

PieceWork Winter 2020: Explorers

When we think of groundbreaking adventurers, we usually think of formidable souls who scaled mountains or traversed deserts, but what of those intrepid individuals who explored and documented vanishing textile traditions or those who founded the schools and educational opportunities that paved the way for future generations of needleworkers. Uncover the history of textiles that made epic journeys and explore the people who forged the textile paths we follow still.


Submissions due: March 2, 2020

We are looking for:

Feature articles—Tell us more about the history of needlework—stories, profiles, and biographies.

Historical and historically inspired projects—instructions using bobbin lace, tatting, embroidery, knitting, crochet, or other needlework techniques, all made by hand.

How-to articles—tell us how a historical needlework technique is done.

Have an idea that doesn’t fit our theme? Send that to us, too! We may be able to use it in an upcoming issue.

We are also always looking for content for our website. If you have an idea for a short piece, about 300 to 500 words, please submit your proposal to us.

Submissions Form PieceWork Winter 2020
PieceWork Contributor's Guidelines
PieceWork Photo Guidelines

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Submissions due: March 2, 2020

We will notify you of our decision by March 16, 2020

Articles and projects due: May 11, 2020

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