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Banned Embroidery
Avery strange system of nomenclature is used in Indian languages to describe products per their size. A small version of the item discussed ends with “i” and its larger variant with an “a.” For example, kichdi is a simple rice-pulse meal, while its c
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The Anatomy Of A Collection
For Mom, nothing was more joy-filled than her time spent sewing. She was an incredible seamstress who could make magic out of the simplest materials. She was naturally skilled, was constantly developing her craft, and never stopped producing some of
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The Anatomy Of A Collection
For adult children whose parents now reside in nursing homes or assisted-living facilities, cleaning out one’s family home becomes a rite of passage. Beginning the process is often the most difficult first step. However, this test of courage must be
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George Washington Carver
Most of us know George Washington Carver (about 1864–1943) as the famous African American agronomist from Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University) who spent his career working to improve the lives of poor Southern farmers. But as a young man, Car
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George Washington Carver’s Crochet Swatches
Over the 47 years that George Washington Carver (about 1864–1943) was at the historically Black Tuskegee Institute (now Tuskegee University), he created a large crochet-swatch library in his spare time. In 1941, people visiting his art galleries in t
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Piecing Together The History Of A Military Quilt
Unlined and fairly crudely hand-stitched, a historic quilt made up of small patches of brightly colored woolen cloth—the kind used to make military uniforms—came into my personal textile collection in 2010. The scarlet, black, buff, navy, and cream p
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Swedish Style
In October 1997, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London held the first exhibition of the works of famous artist Carl Larsson (1853–1919) and his wife, Karin, ever held outside of Sweden. The exhibit was entitled Carl and Karin Larsson: Creato
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Karin’s Swedish Circles
Karin Bergöö Larsson (1859–1928) was an exuberant and intrepid fiber artist who knit, spun, sewed, wove, and embroidered, most often in her singular, nontraditional manner. Her vision as a trained painter translated into the composition of extraordin
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The Zay Collection
Dr. Reem el Mutwalli’s love and lifelong infatuation with textiles, and in particular Emirati women’s dress, started at a young age. Growing up surrounded by the women of the United Arab Emirates’ ruling family, Reem understood that she had a unique
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Definitions
Thawb: Robe. A wide garment that covers and hides the body. It can be made of linen, cotton, wool, fur, or silk, and is worn by both men and women. Nashil: From the verb nashala, meaning to grab. Translates to cloth dyed in bright colors. Zari: Or
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Notions
As an editor, I choose a theme for each issue, select authors and articles, and later begin editing the individual pieces. However, as all of the articles and projects begin fitting into place, they add new context to one another when seated side by
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Thawb Mufah’ah
This garment is made of pure silk chiffon and embroidered in gold zari thread with a front panel in orange and side panels in fuchsia, green, and orange. The garment has wide sleeves and an elongated tail at the back. This style is known as the thawb
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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Anne Merrow EDITOR Kate Larson ASSOCIATE EDITOR Elizabeth Prose MANAGING EDITOR Laura Rintala TECHNICAL EDITORS Lori Gayle, Trish Faubion, Daniela Nii, Deanna Hall West COPY EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Trish Faubion PROOFREADER
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Schoolhouse Samplers
After teaching myself to cross-stitch, I began to stitch antique reproduction samplers. I researched and dreamed of owning my own antique sampler. I had admired many antique samplers and needlework pieces from afar in museums, antiques fairs, and mor
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By Post
It seems to be a universal human impulse to put serviceable fabric to a new use [“Make Do: Feed-Sack Fashion in the First Half of the Twentieth Century” by Heather Vaughan Lee, PieceWork Fall 2020]. In the attached photo, you see Õie Sarv showing vis
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A Schoolhouse Sampler: Like Morning Dew on a Rose
Growing up in rural Ontario, Canada, an hour’s drive north of Lake Ontario, flower gardens were a rarity. Instead there were apple trees, ponds, creeks, hilltops covered in wild blueberries, lakes, wild flower and hay meadows, forests, and the rocks
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The Long Thread
Susan J. Jerome, Collections Manager, University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection Tell us about your duties and work at the Historic Textile and Costume Collection, University of Rhode Island. The University of Rhode Island
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A Stitch in Time
The Pekinese (Chinese) stitch is a composite line stitch, consisting of a row of backstitches with the addition of interlaced loops, whereas the Chinese (Peking, Pekin, or ring) knot stitch belongs to the large international knotted-stitch family of
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The Great Queen and the Good Girl
There is something inevitable about thimbles as tokens of love and remembrance. They are tiny and so easy to carry around, hidden in a pocket or displayed on a chatelaine. Thimbles are intimate—worn not merely on the hand but on the tip of a finger.
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Retail Shop Directory
Suite 123 1046 Willow Creek Rd Prescott, AZ 86301 (928) 717-1774 fibercreekprescott.com 2982 Adeline St Berkeley, CA 94703 510-843-7290 lacis.com 4400 San Juan Ave #20 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 (916) 965-6043 babettasyarnandgifts.com 1604 4th Street San
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Necessities
A rainbow of colorfast hues awaits your next needlework project. Weeks Dye Works’ Crewel Wool comes in 25 shades—from subtle to vibrant—dyed using environmentally responsible methods. In addition, each over-dyed skein matches colors found in the cott
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The Last Word
Kate Atherley and Kim McBrien Evans New York: Abrams Books, 2020. Softbound, 192 pages, $27.50. ISBN 9781419743979. Joanna Johnson Loveland, Colorado: Slate Falls Press, 2020. Softbound, 48 pages, $15.95. ISBN 9780578238654. Mandy Pattullo London,
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Pottmütz: Re-creating a Forgotten Cap
The historical region of Pomerania, which now is part of Germany and Poland, possesses very few costume traditions, and not many historic knitted items have been preserved. In the southeast part of the island of Rügen, Germany’s largest island in the
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Notions
What does “mending” mean to you? Hardship and never-ending socks with holes? Creative and artistic embellishment? Both? Whatever the task or textile, mending and remaking are based on the idea that cloth is a thing of value. And if you are reading th
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Creative Scrimping
In 1921, Celia Wiggins was born in the village of Shafton, South Yorkshire, as England recovered from World War I. She grew up in a time of economic depression, and unemployment in her village was high. Her father, a coal miner, was killed in a mini
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EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Anne Merrow EDITOR Kate Larson ASSOCIATE EDITOR Elizabeth Prose MANAGING EDITOR Laura Rintala TECHNICAL EDITORS Lori Gayle, Deanna Hall West COPY EDITOR AND CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Trish Faubion PROOFREADER Nancy Arndt CONTRIBUTING EDI
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Sides-to-Middle Sheets
“Pains should be taken to prevent linen falling into rags until the utmost wear has been exacted. [When] the middle of a sheet begins to feel at all thinner than the other parts, it is time to ‘turn’ it. This is done by simply cutting the sheet in ha
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By Post
In the Spring 2020 issue of PieceWork, the article that most resonated with me was the one written by Dr. Mary Davis [“The Sewing Machines of Oradour-sur-Glane,” page 52]. By the time I had finished reading the article, I was in tears. Tears not only
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Weldon’s-Inspired Re-Footed Socks
Weldon’s Practical Needlework gives a peek into the world of craft in the 1880s. The series features several different crafts from macramé and net making to crochet and knitting. The first book of the series is a delight for sock knitters, with varia
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Necessities
This medium-weight washed-linen coverall provides protection from crafty mishaps and spills. Not Perfect Linen’s Japanese-style aprons, shown in natural-grey stripes, are made in Lithuania by a family-run business and have generous pockets to keep fr
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