PieceWork May/June 2014

In this issue, you’ll discover lace traditions from England, Ireland, Italy, Russia, India, America, and Japan. Articles and projects cover knitted, tatted (both needle and shuttle), crocheted, and bobbin lace.

Isabella Campagnol’s “Invisible Lacemakers” takes you to Venetian monasteries in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, where nuns (and even some repenting prostitutes) produced exquisite lace. Isabella notes, “Monastic authorities encouraged the practice of needlework for the acclaim that it bestowed on the monastery, because it offered purpose to the nuns’ otherwise dull existence, and, not least, for the profits derived from the sale of its lace, which were essential in maintaining the monasteries.” Just one more illustration of the powers of lace.

Lace as a means of survival is the focus of Christopher Phillips’s “Victoria’s Passion,” as he relates how the queen’s commissions for lace from localities that had fallen on hard time “often provided income that was much welcomed.” These royal commissions extended throughout the United Kingdom even as far as Malta, an island nation in the Mediterranean that was part of the British Empire from 1800 to 1964. Whatever the form of lace—bobbin, needle, knitted, or crocheted— Victoria championed them all.

Enjoy. I do hope this special issue will make you want to wrap yourself up in lace!



Evelyn A. Clark

Barbara Foster and Leisa ReFalo

Galina A. Khmeleva

A Christening Bonnet to Irish Crochet    Maire Treanor

Debbie O'Neill

Japanese Feather Scarf



A Lacy Scarf to Shuttle-Tat
Tomoko Morimoto




Theresa Cromyak


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Features & Projects

Volume XXII, Number 3

The Dodd Shawl

Evelyn A. Clark


Rachel Lace Shawl to Knit

Evelyn A. Clark


Invisible Lacemakers: The Needlework of Venetian Nuns

Isabella Campagnol


Needle Tatting: An Almost Hidden Art

Barbara Foster


Learning to Needle-Tat

Jane Fournier


A Needle-Tatted Lace Edging and Corner to Make

Edging designed by Barbara Foster; corner designed by Leisa ReFalo


Pine Tree Stole: An Orenburg Classic to Knit

Galina A. Khmeleva


A Family Tradition: Clones Lace Christening Robe and Bonnet

Máire Treanor


Christening Bonnet to Irish Crochet

Máire Treanor


Victoria’s Passion: Queen Victoria’s Unremitting Love of All Things Lace

Christopher John Brooke Phillips


Queen Victoria’s Stockings to Knit—a Modern Take

Debbie O’Neill


Lacemaking in the Basel Mission in India, 1839–1914

Jennifer M. Jenkins


Japanese Feather Scarf


A Lacy Scarf to Shuttle Tat

Tomoko Morimoto


Hooked: The Crocheting Lukasiks

Mary Polityka Bush


Lacy Bridal Headpiece to Crochet

Theresa Cromyak


Falling for Bobbin Lace

Dianna Smith



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