PieceWork Fall 2020 Call for Submissions: Mend, Remake, and Renew

Submit your proposals for the Fall 2020 issue of PieceWork and help us explore global textile traditions of reuse and renewal.

Piecework Editorial Staff Oct 28, 2019 - 3 min read

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Do you have favorite mending tools? Photo by Kate Larson

Each piece of cloth contains a story. Within the stitches, embellishments, and weave are embedded a tale of time committed by the maker and the care given in its upkeep and repair, extending the article’s usefulness. We dedicate the Fall 2020 issue of PieceWork to the latter—to the menders who remake and renew and lengthen the life of our cherished textiles.


Darning sample. 1797, Dutch. From the Collection of Mrs. Lathrop Colgate Harper, Bequest of Mabel Herbert Harper, 1957, Metropolitan Museum of Art. 57.122.150. Learn more about this object.

Join us in celebrating those who have darned untold numbers of socks and stockings, patched rips and tears in breeches, and invisibly rewoven cloth by hand. Do you have a special time-honored technique for repairing lace? Know how to repair historic tapestries? Share your expertise with us.


Are you inspired by mending and remaking traditions such kantha from India (shown) and Japanese boro? Photo by Kate Larson

PieceWork Fall 2020: Mend, Remake, and Renew

An important aspect of needlework in the past was mending and repairing textiles. Some mends are brilliantly hidden while others are gloriously visible. Some creative needle workers would transform older pieces of cloth, remaking them into something new for the sake of beauty, utility, or both. We are exploring global textile traditions of reuse and renewal.

Submissions due: December 6, 2019

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.


French weaving or reweaving. Wrong side of fabric. Weave in each replacement thread, matching the weave structure of the fabric. Photos by George Boe

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

Questions? Contact us at [email protected].

Submissions due: December 6, 2019
We will notify you of our decision by January 3, 2020
Articles and projects due: February 14, 2020

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