PieceWork March/April 1995 Now available for individual download!
Bands of Time: The History of Silk-Ribbon Embroidery The practice of embroidering with silk ribbons dates back to eighteenth-century France and the artistic style known as rococo, which was characterized by fanciful curved forms and elaborate ornamentation. Learn the history of this delicate and beautiful technique, as written by Judith Baker Montano, and experiment with it yourself with the Ribbon-Embroidered Frame.
The Flowers of Poverty: Ayrshire Whitework Learn about the surprising story of hardship and poverty that accompanied the whitework production in Scotland and Ireland in the mid-1800s. “Whitework” includes many types of hand-embroidered lace, including collars, cuffs, and other embellishments for the upper-class. You’ll enjoy the lovely photographs of whitework pieces, and try your own hand at it with the Ayrshire Flower to Embroider project.
Needle Tatting: An Almost Hidden Art Join Barbara Foster in an exploration of the history of needle tatting, the difference between shuttle tatting and needle tatting, and the characteristics of needle tatting that can make it simpler than shuttle tatting. Learn how to needle tat with descriptive instructions and clear diagrams, then try your hand at it with the Needle-Tatted Lace Edging and Corner to Make.
Knitted Carpet Masterpieces of the Holy Roman Empire See the enormous five foot square knitted carpets from the late 1700s through the eyes of Janet Johnson Stephens and share her amazement at the technique and time that went into these pieces. Learn their history and enjoy the colorful photographs of these ancient tapestries.
Reflections on Nineteenth-Century Embroidery Learn more about the history of embroidery in Europe and the emergence and importance of Berlin work, a style of needlework that was popular in the nineteenth century. Follow the transition of needlework from a primarily male activity to one heavily associated with not only women’s work, but femininity itself. Enjoy the colorful photographs and diagrams of Berlin work, and try your own hand at it with the Berlin-Work Slippers to Stitch.
Something to Hang: The Textile Art of the Baker Lake Inuit “Ruth Qaulluaryuk’s skills are both pragmatic and traditional. She lives in Baker Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada, a small, isolated settlement 150 miles south of the Arctic Circle. In the past, the women of the community had full responsibility for transforming seal and caribou skins into warm, functional clothing.” Learn about the form and the function of these traditional garments and the tradition of Inuit wall hangings and enjoy the history of the Baker Lake Story.
In every issue of PieceWork magazine, you will be amazed at the amount of information packed into these pages:
Be inspired by needleworkers past and present. In each issue, you’ll meet needleworkers with unique stories to tell and special projects to share.
Explore traditional needlework throughout history. In addition to the people who did the work, you’ll get an up-close look at what they created and how they did it.
Test your needlework techniques with projects ranging from embroidery to knitting, quilting to beading, and crochet to cross-stitch.
And so much more!
This issue was scanned from an original printed issue.