Piecework MarApr 2003


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An Exquisitely Embroidered Hawking Set Sir William Burrell (l86l-l958), a Scots shipowner, donated about 8,000 objects from his private collection to the city of Glasgow, Scotland, for public display. This seventeenth-century hawking set worked in metal thread embroidery on leather includes a purse, lure, and gauntlet. Burrell purchased the set for his collection in l934 for £l,l00—the price of a good-sized house at the time. By Deborah Pulliam Mosaic Patchwork: An Elegant Geometry Mosaic patchwork is worked by covering geometric paper templates with fabric and then stitching them together in elaborate patterns. These examples from the collection of the Charleston Museum in Charleston, South Carolina, include coverlets, quilts, and fragments. Adapted from Mosaic Quilts: Paper Template Piecing in the South Carolina Lowcountry. By Laurel Horton Embroidered Dreams from the House of Lesage A staff of seven designers and thirty embroiderers led by the vision of François Lesage are responsible for about 85 percent of the embroidered decoration in today’s couture clothing industry. Beginning as the House of Michonet in l868, Lesage et Cie. has created elaborate embellishments for some of the world’s most famous clothing designers. By Ingrid M. Case Fashions at Sea, Fashions at Home During the mid-nineteenth century, Malvina Pinkham Marshall and her daughter, Helen, spent many years at sea accompanying Malvina’s husband and Helen’s father, Captain Joseph Marshall, on extended whaling voyages. Receiving news of fashion trends via letters from home while in port was important to the women who had little other contact with things feminine. The Nantucket Historical Society has preserved some of the fashions and other heirlooms from the Pinkham and Marshall families. By Aimee E. Newell Inspired by Tradition: Jody Haug’s Creative Knitting Jody Haug transforms her passion for the traditional clothing of Norway by incorporating the structures and patterns of folk costumes into innovative knitted garments. By Nancy Bush Things to Make Ivory Embroidery to Stitch Worked on canvas with silk thread, the textured stitches of this monochrome counted-canvas technique look intricate but are not difficult. The project was adapted from Ivory Embroidery featured in Weldon’s Practical Needlework, Volume 6, as part of an ongoing series by Mary Polityka Bush. Jody’s Many-Color Vest to Knit Eighteen colors of 100 percent wool yarn worked into twenty pattern bands comprise this vest adapted and knitted by Nancy Bush from an original vest created by Jody Haug. The vest is worked in the round as a tube and then cut and shaped. A Jacobean Crewel Design to Embroider An alert rabbit rests below a vine of traditional Jacobean crewelwork motifs in this piece designed and stitched by Barbara Jackson. Silk thread combined with wool adds textural contrast. An Elizabethan-Inspired Band Sampler to Stitch Second Series, Part One This sampler, designed and stitched by Jill Cater Nixon as a companion to the Elizabethan-Inspired Band Sampler that appeared in the September/October and November/December 2002 issues of PieceWork, features a similar color scheme and band arrangement with a fresh set of motifs inspired by antique samplers. While complex in appearance, the bands mainly comprise cross- and backstitches worked in cotton thread on linen. A Beaded Evening Bag to Stitch Based on an early-twentieth-century model, this elegant evening bag results from a simple and quick bead-netting technique that allows the beads to hang freely from a foundation band, unattached to the lining. Beads, thread, and fabric are the only materials required to complete this project designed and stitched by Christine Reilly.