Piecework JanFeb 2010

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Evening Stockings for a Young Lady to Knit by Nancy Bush 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 Linda Ligon A complete recap of our Crocheted-Lace Challenge from the May/June 2009 issue. PieceWork’s Crocheted-Lace Challenge II by Nancy Nehring 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 Betsy Butler 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 adapted by Mary Polityka Bush 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 Karen E. Hooton 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 Karen E. Hooton 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 Karen E. Hooton Learn the basics of broomstick lace with this step-by-step tutorial. The Three-Rib Beret by Jacqueline Fee 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 Catherine Amoroso Leslie Discover how the current owner of this business, founded in the Diamond Basketweave Pattern by Barbara G. Walker A brand-new pattern stitch from the author of the beloved Treasury of Knitting Patterns books. Who Was Miss Money? In Search of a Victorian Knitter by June Hall The author discovered handwritten directions for fourteen edgings and insertions penned “in code” by Miss Money circa 1847; she shares her quest to find information about Miss Money and offers some of the patterns, which she has decoded. Knitting in Jewish Lithuania by Donna Druchunas with with Anna Verschik During the Holocaust in ghettos, in concentration camps, in hiding, and in the forest fighting with partisans, Jewish women and girls continued to knit. Anyone who had a skill, even one as seemingly commonplace as knitting, had a survival advantage. A Kippah to Knit by Donna Druchunas Donna Druchunas designed a kippah (skullcap) in a lacy stitch that is appropriate for a Jewish woman. Latvia’s Favorite Knitter: Jette Užane by Barbara Plakans Jette Užane, a severely disabled farmwoman, was a nationally recognized knitter of mittens who chose to “paint her world view in yarn.”. Birch Mittens to Knit by Barbara Plakans Step-by-step instructions for making an adaptation of one of Jette Užane’s original three-dimensional designs. THE Brewster Stocking by Jacqueline Fee 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 Karen E. Hooton Learn the basics of broomstick lace with this step-by-step tutorial. The Three-Rib Beret by Jacqueline Fee Jacqueline Fee examined the original of a man’s stocking made between 1620 and 1640 that is now in the collection of the Pilgrim Society in Plymouth, Massachusetts. Contemporary Brewster Socks to Knit by Jacqueline Fee Make this adaptation of the Brewster stocking with the intriguing Circling Purls pattern. Knitting for Income in Halland, Sweden by Anneli Palmsköld From the seventeenth through the early twentieth century, knitting was a cottage industry in the southwestern coastal province of Halland, Sweden. Mittens to Knit Inspired by a Late Medieval Mitten by Susan Strawn Contemporary mittens to knit in child and small adult sizes. A Child’s Mitten from Sixteenth-Century London by Susan Strawn The Medieval Gallery of the Museum of London exhibits this solitary mitten as a rare survivor of late medieval handknitted textiles. Offering Mitts to Knit by Nancy Bush Also known as “mitts with tongues” because of their unusual shape, offering mitts were a traditional hand covering in rural Norway. Ice Harbor Compass by Robin Lynn Scott Eleven-year-old Josy Eldredge has Compass mittens with magic knitted into them. Ice Harbor Compass Mittens to Knit by Robin Hansen Complete instructions for knitting “shrinking” mittens, a tradition in Maine and Nova Scotia. Knitting for the Stage by Elizabeth Cobbe Discover the many ways stage costume designers use knitted garments and accessories, including chain mail. A pattern for making your own knitted chain-mail hood is included. ON THE WEB: Punchinello Caps for Knitting Needles to Knit by Ann Budd Ann Budd’s adaptation of “Punchinello Caps for Knitting Needles” from Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 11. A Profile of Rowan Yarns by Linda Pratt And a Kaffe Fassett-Inspired Scarf to Knit from Rowan.