2008: Sharlotte DeVere's grand-prize winning pincushion from PieceWork's
2008: Galina A. Khmeleva's knitted Russian lace scarf.
November/December 2009: Embroidered Dragon slippers for a child.
2009: Susan Kolstad's knitted mitten with its Tree of Life motif also
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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,
I'm looking forward
to hearing from tons of you with ideas and suggestions for PieceWork!