This issue of PieceWork is all about discovery. Imagine opening a trunk and finding your grandmother’s satin wedding gown as well as a special linen duster with lapels and cuffs worked in exquisite Irish crochet that belonged to your great-grandmother. That’s what happened to Laura Esther Ricketts, who tells her story in “Edith Graham Mayo’s Linen Duster with Irish Crochet Accents.”
Bart Elwell discovered Yap Lace, an intriguing edging combining crochet and needle lace, in an 1874 issue of Peterson’s Magazine. Although he found it a “brain-teasing maze of parts that build upon each other,” he advises that “the results are well worth the effort.” And they (shown at left) certainly are.
PieceWork’s ongoing exploration of needlework’s past is filled with new discoveries. Delve into this issue, discover more about needlework’s history, and satisfy (or further whet!) your own curiosity.