PieceWork March/April 2014

From time immemorial, red has played a role in the lives of people across the globe. Those roles and the lengths people have gone to produce the color red are fascinating.

In “Red: The Universal Color,” Mary B. Kelly discusses the significance of red for the Estonian Setu. The women embroidered ritual cloths and clothing with red thread and “referred to their embroideries as ‘red scripts’ in reference to the symbols that covered them.” Irina Stepanova presents a traditional Russian towel stitched by her maternal grandmother, Tatiana D. Romanenkova, in 1929, when she was eight years old. Worked on handwoven linen, the towel has bands of red-and-gray cross-stitch. We owe a debt of gratitude to all needleworkers, past and present, who have chosen the color red, whether for its symbolic meanings or out of personal preference. Needlework, worked in red or not, is certainly a “tradition not to be forgotten.”

 

 

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Vicki Square



Mary Polityka Bush



Gloves from Glöte to Knit
Carol Huebscher Rhoades

Red Espadrilles to Embroider
Cynthia LeCount Samaké





 


 


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Features & Projects
Volume XXII, Number 2

The Very Stuff

Cochineal, Kermes, Lac, Madder, and Brazilwood: Red Dyes from Nature
Dagmar Klos

The Birth of the Twinset
Vicki Square

A Timeless Twinset to Knit
Vicki Square

In Red They Trust: Slavic Belief in One Color’s Consummate Power
Mary Polityka Bush

Belarusian Breadcloth to Embroider
Mary Polityka Bush

Gloves from Glöte to Knit
Carol Huebscher Rhoades

Red Is the Color of Patzún
Cynthia LeCount Samaké

Red Espadrilles to Embroider
Cynthia LeCount Samaké

Seth: A Lace Shawl to Knit
Anna Dalvi

The Fiery Sun, the Glorious Light: Embroidery Traditions of Southern Russia
Irina Stepanova

Traditional Russian Hand Towel to Embroider
Irina Stepanova

A Red Poppy Cowl to Knit
Eileen Lee

Red: The Universal Color
Mary B. Kelly

 


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