Piecework Spring 2021 illuminates the Hidden Histories embedded in textile traditions both near and far. Nancy Nehring reveals how renowned scientist George Washington Carver developed a lifelong passion for crochet. Meet one of the forerunners of modern Swedish design, textile artist Karin Bergöö Larsson. Discover why one cross-stitch sampler collector cherishes the raggedy and tattered needlework from unknown makers. Learn how India’s eye-catching and colourful Rabari embroidery was once banned but is now making a comeback. Dr. Reem el Mutwall, founder of the Zay Initiative, offers a glimpse of traditional garments from the United Arab Emirates, examples often only seen in private collections.
Franklin Habit talks thimbles and tells the stories behind an unlikely pair from his collection, and a daughter explores the remnants of her mother’s lifetime love of sewing, including Lessons by Correspondence. Learn about the daily duties of a university’s textile collections manager.
Plus, four projects to knit and full, crochet, and stitch.