Piecework November/December 2009

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Piecework November/December 2009.  Includes these articles and projects:

Evening Stockings for a Young Lady to Knit by N a n c y B u s h

Nancy Bush adapted these elegant stockings with a touch of glitter from Weldon’s Practical

Needlework, Volume 15, published in London in 1900.

 

 Not So Humble Crochet by L i n d a L i g o n

A complete recap of our Crocheted-Lace Challenge from the May/June 2009 issue.

 

PieceWork’s Crocheted-Lace Challenge II by N a n c y N e h r i n g

In response to the success of our inaugural challenge, we’re inviting you to send your version of Maltese

Edging, selected by Nancy Nehring from an 1865 English book, to us.

 

If I Only Could See to Sew: How Needlework Enhanced

the Quiet, Industrious Life of Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn

by B e t s y B u t l e r

Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn, daughter of William Holmes McGuffey, father of the McGuffey

Readers, wrote about her needlework projects in her diaries and reminiscences.

 

A Perforated-Paper Lamp Mat to Cross-Stitch a d a p t e d by

Mary P o l i t y k a B u s h

One year, Henrietta McGuffey Hepburn made a lamp mat. We adapted a motif published in

The Ladies’ Guide to Needle Work, Embroidery, etc. in 1877 for this project.

 

Bewitched by Broomstick by K a r e n E . H o o t o n

The author discovered a pattern for a broomstick-lace skirt in the 1970s. Here, she writes of her

fascination with this technique, a form of crochet, and her efforts to trace its history.

 

A Christening Bag to Knit and Crochet with Broomstick Lace

by K a r e n E . H o o t o n

A “christening piece” is a long-standing Scottish tradition. Make your own christening bag as a gift

for a special baby using the techniques of knitting and broomstick lace.

 

Broomstick Lace Workshop by K a r e n E . H o o t o n

Learn the basics of broomstick lace with this step-by-step tutorial.

 

The Three-Rib Beret by J a c q u e l i n e F e e

The designer re-creates an unusual child’s hat from her collection of “homeless knittings.”

 

Three Centuries at Sajou, Purveyors of French Needlework

Supplies by C a t h e r i n e A m o r o s o L e s l i e

Discover how the current owner of this business, founded in the 1830s, is continuing the spirit of Sajou.

 

Heart-Shaped Ornaments to Knit by Ann Budd

Use our instructions to make ornaments in two weights of yarn or use the hearts as inspiration for

your own creation for PieceWork’s next Excellence in Needle Arts Awards—Heart-Shaped

Ornaments (see page 11 for details).

 

Chinese Dragons: Embroidered Symbols of Power and

Protection by Va l e r y G a r r e t t

The dragon has been an object of worship in China for thousands of years, and the embroidered motif

has been used to embellish a vast array of objects, from emperors’ robes to children’s shoes.

 

Dragon Slippers to Stitch for a Child

We adapted the cross-stitch chart for a pair of women’s slippers from a circa-1920 Shanghai book for

these exquisite little slippers for a toddler. According to Chinese legend, the dragon will protect the child

from evil spirits.

 

Meteliza Scarf to Knit by I n n a Vo l t c h k o va

Designer Inna Voltchkova used traditional Orenburg lace knitting techniques and motifs to create

this elegant scarf

 


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