PieceWork March/April 2013

Until the invention by Johannes Gutenberg of automated movable type in A.D. 1452, the number of people worldwide who could read remained very small, the vast majority of them wealthy members of society or clergy. To communicate with nonreaders, pictures were used. These might be painted on canvas (the word "picture" comes from the Latin word pictus ("painted"), or, as you'll see in this March/April 2013 issue of PieceWork, executed in needlework. From among the countless possibilities, we've selected examples from seventeenth-century elaborate raised embroidery ("From Raised Embroidery to Stumpwork: Four Centuries of Dimensional Needlework"), motifs on a christening robe ("Exquisite Whitework: The Arbroath Robe"), some of the charted images used in filet crochet ("A History of Filet Crochet: Creating Pictorial Designs"), and the ubiquitous knitted eight-pointed star/flower/snowflake motif (One Knitted Motif, Many Names"). Projects include a sweet knitted cardigan for baby, a stumpwork dragon, and the knitted pincushion that received the grand-prize in PieceWork's 2012 Pincushion Contest.
Motifs, symbols, drawings, secret messages--all are included in this March/April 2013 issue. The adage "One picture is worth a thousand words" continues to ring true. Enjoy!

 Editor of PieceWork


   PROJECTS



A Baby Bonnet to Embroider in Whitework
Mary Polityka Bush


A Snowflake/Rose Ski Headband to Knit
Donna Druchunas




Dancing Couple Cardigan to Knit for Baby
Susan Strawn

 

 



To Everything There Is a Season: A Pincushion to Knit
June Hariprashad

 




A Stumpwork Dragon
to Make
Celeste Chalasani



An Or Nué Heart to Embroider
Mary Polityka Bush

 
   DEPARTMENTS AND FEATURES

  Departments/COLUMNS

    Notions
    Letter from the editor
    By Post

    Letters from readers
    Book Marks
    Books of interest
    Calendar

    Upcoming events
    Abbreviations and Techniques
    Definitions
    TAPESTRY
    New and noteworthy

    ONLINE EXTRAS

    Visit pieceworkmagazine.com for free projects and articles, the PieceWork index, back issues,
    recommended books, and much more.



Features
Volume XXI Number 2

A HISTORY OF FILET CROCHET: CREATING PICTORIAL
DESIGNS
Nancy Nehring


DANCING COUPLES: A NORDIC DESIGN FOR KNITTING
Susan Strawn

FROM RAISED EMBROIDERY TO STUMPWORK: FOUR
CENTURIES OF DIMENSIONAL NEEDLEWORK
Celeste Chalasani 

SWEET REMEMBRANCE: THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
IN NEEDLEWORK
Irina Stepanova

ONE KNITTED MOTIF, MANY NAMES Donna Druchunas

EXQUISITE WHITEWORK: THE ARBROATH ROBE Karen E. Hooton

OR NUÉ: THE GOLD STANDARD IN PICTORIAL EMBROIDERY

Mary Polityka Bush

PICTORIAL KNITTING TECHNIQUES Anne Berk


 

 


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