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May 26, 2010

From July/August 2008: Sharlotte DeVere's grand-prize winning pincushion from PieceWork's 2008 contest.

From May/June 2008: Galina A. Khmeleva's knitted Russian lace scarf.
From November/December 2009: Embroidered Dragon slippers for a child.

From July/August 2009: Susan Kolstad's knitted mitten with its Tree of Life motif also shown cross-stitched.
PieceWork is one of those magazines that makes you drop everything, grab a cup of tea, and settle in for some true inspiration. I don't know about you, but almost all of my issues of PieceWork are littered with Post-It notes. The beauty, historical significance, and in-depth information are all PieceWork hallmarks; something we can count on each and every issue. Some of the fantastic items we've featured in the last couple of years are pictured at left.

And now we want to invite you to be part of
PieceWork! Here's editor Jeane Hutchins to tell you more.

PieceWork: Plans for 2011

It's mid-May, but the PieceWork staff is already thinking about, discussing, and planning 2011 issues. Since we love reader submissions, I wanted to give you a heads-up on our plans. If you have any ideas for articles and projects that fit the themes of these future issues, please e-mail us at We'll give you deadlines and complete details on how to submit your ideas.

Of course, I have 2010 issues to talk about before moving on to 2011!

The last three issues of this year will be jam-packed with stories and projects on multiple techniques, from embroidery and knitting to bobbin lace and tatting. Samplers and sample books are July/August's focus, followed by literary references to handwork in September/October and "Timeless Threads" for November/December.

Drum roll, please—the January/February 2011 issue will be our 5th Special Historical Knitting issue! The previous four issues have been popular beyond our expectations, so we're excited to continue the tradition and kick off another new year with an in-depth look at knitting's compelling history.

I am very pleased to announce that we are planning a second edition of PieceWork's special issue, Knitting Traditions. Once again, it will be 148 pages filled with timeless projects and lots of historical context. It will be available in mid-February.

The theme for March/April is color. Color defines us, inspires us, informs us, and guides us. Color has played a role in a wide variety of traditional needlework techniques such as tribal textiles, Victorian clothing, crazy quilts, the blue-and-white embroidery of China, Elizabethan blackwork, and Fair Isle knitting. We'll explore the use of color and how it tells its own story.

For May/June, we'll revisit lace with our 4th special issue on the intriguing and ongoing story of this very special fabric. A knitted-lace shawl, a bobbin-lace doily, a tatted-lace edging, a crocheted-lace purse, and a needle-lace insert are just a few of the projects that will celebrate beautiful lace.

We just finished judging PieceWork's annual contest. This year's theme was heart-shaped ornaments; previous contests have been brooches, pincushions, and samplers. We received multitudes of spectacular ornaments for all occasions. We'll announce the winners in the upcoming July/August issue, on sale July 6.

Stay tuned for the 2011 contest theme—we'll give you all of the details in the September/October 2010 issue. I hope many of you will enter—the prizes are really good: $500 in cash for the grand-prize winner and $200 in product for our four category winners (needlework, knitting/crochet, quilting, and lacemaking/tatting)!

I'm looking forward to hearing from tons of you with ideas and suggestions for PieceWork!






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fourbears wrote
on Nov 19, 2010 11:51 AM

There's a KAL going on over at Ravelry where a bunch of us are knitting the "Miss Marple Shawl" on the cover of Sep/Oct PIECEWORK issue. Everyone want to know what yarn was used for the shawl on the cover. The instructions--from the 30ies of course--specify 12 oz of wool and silk yarn but no weight. The most commonly chosen yarn in the group seems to be Elisabeth Lavold's Silky Wool (a DK yarn). But what did you guys use and how much??

JaneanE wrote
on Jul 22, 2010 8:12 AM

I would like to see more projects, and the articals to be more complete.  I always feel like I'm reading an excerpt from an artical instead of the artical itself.  But they are always beautiful and inspiring.

ZassZ wrote
on May 27, 2010 5:33 PM

I am excited about this.  I am highly anticipating the reveal of the 2011 contest theme in the September/October issue.  

And  can't wait to hear who the Piecework's annual contetst winner in the July/August issue is going to be.

Also the pics you posted on the left of your column are very beautiful and inspiring.  

I am getting the "flavor" of these upcoming themes.  I think I will write in to editor, Jeane Hutchins with an idea.  Thanks for the invitation.  

PatX wrote
on May 27, 2010 10:33 AM

It all sounds very interesting. Please can we have fewer baby's patterns and more for adults?

BonnieZ wrote
on May 26, 2010 8:31 PM

Sounds like exciting things are in store for the remainder of 2010 and all of 2011.