Welcome to the new millennium. As we celebrate a new century, join us in reflecting on needlework’s history. Learn how to make a sixteenth-century needlepoint design and a Mariner’s compass quilt and discover 18h-century embroidered globes and plain-sewing samplers.
Learn about the women who settled the American west—from the amazing Rattlesnake Kate to the characters depicted in Laura Ingalls Wilders’s beloved Little House books. Discover family history in a hooked stair runner, make a feathered star quilt block, knit the “Prairie Shawl,” or crochet a lacy edging.
Join us in honoring expressions of love and friendship through needlework. The history of gloves is a long and rich tale of romance and intrigue; friendship quilts have served to memorialize friends and family. Make your own friendship quilt block or make a greeting card with huck embroidery to brighten someone’s day.
This issue is filled with projects to inspire and delight you. Learn about Hutterite sweetheart handkerchiefs and then stitch a Hutterite motif on your own handkerchief. See the results of the PieceWork Pincushion Contest and make your own version. Plus eight more beautiful projects to experiment with.
Follow the Silk Road and discover beautiful needlework from the East. See examples of chintz from India, embroidery from the Ottoman Empire, embroidered shoes for bound feet from China, beautifully decorated Arab clothing, and shawls from Russia. Then, embroider a silk and gold scarf, knit a warm shawl, and make an Egyptian-influenced table runner.
Celebrate needlework for children with this issue. Explore Queen Mary’s dolls’ house (which is complete with its own garage and cars).Travel back to a time when children learned embroidery and examine the intricate samplers they created. Knit a baby bonnet and learn how to stitch a hollie-point medallion to decorate any article of baby clothing.