• Needle Exchange: Back in Black

    Needle Exchange: Back in Black

    I hope everyone enjoyed the last bits on redwork, I thought it was only fitting that we look at blackwork this week! Unlike many of the traditions we look at here, blackwork does not appear to have secret origins that we have to dig for. It is widely established that blackwork arrived in spain during […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: William Morris

    Needle Exchange: William Morris

    Welcome back everybody! I thought we talk about William Morris today. As there are many, many, articles about him readily available online, I thought it would be interesting to write about a series of lectures he gave in the late 1870’s. You can read them in their entirety HERE. I know that 1870 seems like […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: Quillwork

    Welcome back everybody! The last few months we’ve been looking at contemporary fiber artists, this time I thought we’d look at a tradition that is wholly North American.  Míkmaq Quillwork Porcupine quillwork may just be the oldest form of Native American embroidery. According to Needlework Through History, it dates back to prehistoric times. This type of work was prolific […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: Hannah Ryggen


    Hi everybody! Last time we looked at the work of Claes Oldenburg, this time I thought we’d look at the tapestries of Norwegian artist, Hannah Ryggen.  “I am a painter, not a weaver; a painter whose tool is not the brush, but the loom.”-HR Hannah Ryggen was born on March 21, 1894 in Malmo, Sweden […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: Claes Oldenburg


    Hi everybody! Welcome back! Last time we looked at Joseph Beuy’s fiber work, this week I thought we take a look at Claes Oldenburg. These days, when we hear the phrase “Soft Sculptures”, most of us tend to think of amigurumi, or felted critters, or plushies that have graced the pages of contemporary crafting magazines […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: Joseph Beuys

    Needle Exchange: Joseph Beuys

    Note: This post was originally published in 2011. Hi Everybody! This week, my sweet husband and Manbroidery founder, Johnny Murder is celebrating his 40th birthday! YAY! I love you Papa! In honor of him and Manbroiderers the world over, I’ve decided to write about Joseph Beuys. German artist Joseph Beuys (May 12th, 1921 – January […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: Downton Abbey Edition

    Note: This post was originally published in 2012. OMG guys. Did you hear that series three of Downton Abbey will be Maggie Smith’s last season?  Devastated. Oh, The Dowager Countess. You will be missed. I especially will miss your  fashionable  hats. Now we could go over the history of millinery, but that stuff looks hard, […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: DMC History, Part III

    Welcome back to our third instament of DMC history! Last time we made it to the early 1900’s, and ended with the cessation of their printed fabric. With the company in the capable hands of Jean Dolphus’ family, especially Alfred Engel, F. Engel-Gross and E. Duvillard, DMC moved to exclusively to manufacturing threads. This period is where we find DMC’s thorough […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: DMC History Part II

    Hi everybody! Last time we started with the history of DMC, today we continue! We left off in the 1850’s when imitations of DMC products were becoming more prevalent, and the first prosecutions of trademark infringement commenced. As it happens, I ran across one of these cases. The trademarks themselves are quite interesting. Here’s a […] Read more

  • Needle Exchange: DMC History, Part I

    Hello Everybody! Welcome back to Needle Exchange! When I started writing this column a little over a year ago, I set out to explore the historical roots of various styles of needlework, and then look at how we use those styles today. Unfortunately, it seems that I’ve kind of gone as far as I can […] Read more