In my hands is the July August issue of Piecework Magazine, published by

  • Interweave Press.
  • It is one of my all time favorite magazines because of the variety of needle-techniques that are showcased. This issue is no different.

    There is a wonderful article on blue and white counted embroideries of Szichan China. The design incorporates a little bit of cross stitch and a lot of what we would call blackwork. It is executed in double running stitch(Holbein)and the article gives us a chart for the design, another chart with the thread paths, and a lot of history!

    There is also an artcle on the color mauve and the discoveery of aniline dyes. The article is accompanied by a full color full page photo of a piece of antique silk kimono fabric. It is quite different from what you might be imagining.In the same article it shows a picture of a section of a crazy quilt. While not mentioning that it is a crazy quilt, look for yourself and see what you think it is…lol. At the end of the article is a list of resources for dye-ing fabrics, and some recommended books.

  • Earthguild
  • Jacquard
  • Dharma
  • AlJoDye
  • Prochem
  • As I went through the magazine i noted a great diagram on the cretan stitch, an article on Mountmellick Embroidery, along with a project to try,and three articles on embroidery from other nations and other times.

    Last but not least is the list of events that are calling for entries….
    here are the urls to those events- there just may be one of interest to you……..and if you get into Pittsburgh for one of them, drop me a line and maybe we can meet up there!

  • Fiberartinternational
  • QuiltNational
  • plus there are a few places that have what look to be fantastic exhibitions! Wish I could go to all of them-

    In Berkely,

  • the Lacis museum
  • is having an exhibit on Dress into the Jazz Age…that ends on the firstof August. Not too far away!

    Closer to home here, in hartford Conn. through August 13th is costume exhibit called”Revivals,Costumes for Song and Dance”at the

  • Wadsworth Atheneum Museum
  • .

    There are more listed and i guess you’ll just have to check out the issue to see where they are if nothing else!

    happy stitching..ktj