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Start with look at Ellis Island itself—a gateway for millions of immigrants, many of whom are represented in the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. Meet some of the people who passed through there, including Nell Znamierowski, Theresa A. Thomas, Mimi Vang Olsen, Lousia Hayter Gordon, Jeanne D’Arc Chenard, Alba Stramesi Fiorentino, Juan Loren Zerimar, Anna Popkin, Betty Berger Taubman, Gisela Evitt, Ingrid Mumma, and Valerie Cedergren.
Also, try your hand at projects inspired by what people brought with them. There’s an embroidered velvet vest designed from a Moravian costume. Knit and crochet socks inspired by a pair of Italian socks. Crochet a beaded purse adapted from an Italian beaded purse. Make intricate cross-stitch monograms based on Italian trousseau linens. Bead-embroider a scarf based on an embroidered and beaded Ukrainian vest. Make delicate hairpin crochet rosettes taken from a Greek Cypriot shawl. Make drawnwork and eyelet patterns based on Polish garments and linens. Try your hand at a filet net darning inspired by a German wedding dress.
In every issue of PieceWork magazine, you will be amazed at the amount of information packed into these pages:
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