PieceWork November/December 2012

This November/December 2012 issue of PieceWork turns to the stories of people from many cultures who immigrated to the United States and brought their needlework traditions with them. Veronica Patterson sums up the experiences of many of them in her article “A Beloved Part of a Life That Was Lost”: “[F]or many who came to this country as immigrants, the few pieces of cloth that they brought with them became a bridge between the old life and the new.”

Here are just a few highlights: When Helen Znamierowski arrived in the United States from Poland in 1931, she brought a cutwork tablecloth that she finished after arriving; lace-knitter Hazel Carter took a more circuitous route—from England to Africa to England to Wisconsin; two pieces of crocheted lace came from Wales to what is now Oklahoma; Anna Anderson’s mother gave her all the supplies she would need to make a Hardanger tablecloth when Anna left Norway for America; and one author writing in an early-1930s needlecraft magazine championed the needlework of the nation’s newcomers.

Projects in this jam-packed issue include a Shetland stole to knit that tells the story of Cinderella, a crocheted lace edging, a coaster worked in Hardanger embroidery, and a traditional African banner to appliqué. Delve into the needlework your ancestors may have brought to this country in PieceWork’s November/December 2012 issue!


A Punto Antico Needle Case to Embroider
Jeanine Robertson

Essy Pattle Stole to Knit
Hazel Carter


A Hardanger Coaster to Stitch
Joan Leuenberger
A Lace Sampler from Triinu to Knit
Nancy Bush


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Volume XX Number 6

A Beloved Part of a Life That Was Lost by Veronica Patterson
Katerina Marusha Kysil first came from Ukraine to the United States through Ellis Island in 1910; she brought her passion for embroidery with her.

After Ellis Island by Nell Znamierowski
Helen Wojnar Znamierowski arrived in the United States from Poland in 1931. She loved all forms of needlework, but cutwork was her favorite.

Scuola d’Industrie Italiane of New York by Ivana Palomba 
Established in 1905, this was both a school and an artistic workshop for Italian immigrants adept at embroidery and lacemaking.

Hazel Carter In Her Own Words
Meet this master lace knitter who was born in England, lived in Africa, and made her way to the United States in the 1980s.

The Family Store by Nicole H. Scalessa The author inherited a Clark’s Mile-End Spool Cotton writing desk and a Diamond Dyes display cabinet that were fixtures in the general store founded by her great-great-grandfather in Mountainville, New York.

Welsh Lace by Linda Ligon
The story of two pieces of crocheted lace that made their way from Wales to a tiny frontier town in Oklahoma.

Needlework to Do When Loneliness Comes: Anna Anderson’s Hardanger Tablecloth by Laurann Gilbertson
When Anna left Norway by herself in 1907 at the age of seventeen, she carried a
needlework project with her to her new life in America.

Triinu: A Connection for Estonians Living Abroad by Nancy Bush

Triinu was an Estonian-language magazine for Estonian women and families in exile; most issues included instructions for a craft project, many of which were knitted.

The Appliquéd Banners of the Kingdom of Dahomey by Trish Faubion
Since the seventeenth century, artisans in Dahomey have recorded important events using two-dimensional figures appliquéd to a background.

All the World Is Needleworking!: Florence Yoder Wilson and America’s Immigrant Needleworkers by Susan Strawn
During the early 1930s, Needlecraft magazine and author Florence Yoder Wilson embraced “America’s Heritage” and welcomed needleworking immigrants from other nations.



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