Beadwrangler Special Feature
May 25, 2000
Back Issues of WeaveWorld
Two periodicals arrived for this months newsletter. The first one is Piecework with wonderful beaded watch chains on the cover. The history and symbolism of these 19th century treasures are reviewed in the article on page 37 which is followed by instructions on creating your own heirloom. But going back to the beginning of the magazine, I found the Tapestry column to have some interesting items about brocaded clothes and also some quilting thoughts.
Piecework, May/June 2000
Do you remember not being really dressed unless you put on gloves? The gloves discussed in "The Symbolism of Gloves" bear little resemblance to what I wore, but the article is really interesting as it follows the history of gloves from the days of Egyptians up to a pattern for "Romantic Gloves to Knit."
"Remembering the Past: Friendship Quilts" has a great idea for preserving warm feelings of friendships. And while we are remembering friendships, the pattern for a wedding sampler using the Tudor Rose Motif discussing on page 45 is elegant and would be a beautiful gift for any special bride and groom.
The final two articles contain projects. A relative quick "Greeting Card with Huck Embroidery" on page 52 is followed by "A Crocheted Heirloom Twenty-Six Years in the Making." describes a beautiful table cloth which would probably take me twice as long to finish.
Briefly, that is what was in the May/June 2000 Piecework. The other periodical in the mail box this month was Handwoven.
Handwoven, May/June 2000
In her letter from the Editor Marilyn van der Hoogt gives a perfect description of how many of us feel when we begin coming to guild meetings. It is a feeling of not knowing what much of the discussion means, but wanting to know and listening knowing that someday it will all come together. I trust that, that day will occur for me sometime in this lifetime! Anyway on we go to the May/June 2000 Handwoven. Looking at the project guide on page 14, I spy some interesting things, towels, placemats, table runners napkins a shawl and a rug. Most of them are labeled beginner, I have hopes! And the "Answer Lady" on page 22 has a quick review of some techniques.
"Understanding Blocks" is a good basic article which will be helpful in reading the rest of this issue which contains many block patterns. It is followed by "Rotating Blacks" and then "Taquete Towels". As soon an youve read through those, there are instructions for "Two Two block log cabin runners," which look wonderful.
With all this work with blocks, now were ready for a larger project, a rug. "Block Weave Rugs" has enough ideas for variations to make enough different rugs to fill the White House! If you get tired of thinking of rugs, continue on to page 48 to find the draft for a shawl, "Color with Overshot Blocks." Inspiration for this shawl came from an old coverlet.
"Eight for Eight Block Design with Warp Rep" looks quite complicated, but the instructions are quite clear and the end product is wonderful. After the log cabin practice on page 40, you are ready for the "Log Cabin with a Supplementary Warp" on page 58 which also appears complicated, but has clear instructions.
"Rose Runner in Bronson Lace" is beautiful. Ms and Os is another block structure which can be used to make the towels found on page 67. And finally a rosepath threading for a block weave instead of for a twill is used to make darling napkins and a table runner on page 70.
Whew, once again too many projects, too many ideas and not enough time. I hear my warping board calling me to begin one of these great projects so until next month. ...
..........Judy Piotter, May 2000