• Dress of Many Patterns – lace pattern #1

    I thought it was time to write an update on the Dress of Many Patterns and share my own lace sampler swatch in progress. The pattern comes from PieceWork and is a recreation of a piece in a knitted lace sampler book featured in the magazine in 2016. The first row of the eight-row repeat staggers the diagonal of eyelets formed; the pattern is worked in multiples of five stitches and an eight-row repeat. The stitch count remains the same – five stitches per repeat – for each repeat of the pattern throughout. If you’re interesting in trying it yourself, the pattern is below. Gauge: one 5-st repeat and 8…

  • wedding dress dated from 1911

    The Dress of Many Patterns – a citizen science project

    Hey, local Huron County stitchers! Would you be interested in a ‘citizen science project’ focusing on needlework history? What would you think of this idea: creating a number of vintage needlework samplers inspired by historic needlework items from the collection of the Huron County Museum in Goderich and then piecing those samplers into a piece of wearable art… a wedding dress?! The wedding dress design will be based on an Edwardian Tea Dress-style dress originally worn by Francis Mason Watson (1890 – 1918) a former resident of Blyth, Ontario. The shawl and dress will be made up of vintage pattern samplers (swatches) based on textile items in the Huron County…

  • Counterpane Pincushion, inspired by history

    Do you love stitching from old patterns? I certainly do. I also enjoy trying to recreate a pattern based upon a stitched item. This pincushion is inspired by a white cotton counterpane baby blanket in the collection of the Huron County Museum and Historic Gaol in Goderich, Ontario. White cotton counterpanes (or coverlets) were common in the nineteenth century, as was “white knitting,” due to the preference at the time for white bed coverings and because of the ready availability of cotton yarn. Counterpanes are made up of smaller units (squares or octagons, for example) that are worked separately and then joined together to create an overall design or effect.…