2019 Club Theme

Our theme for 2019 will be Maria Sibylla Merian’s Garden Flowers. Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717) was a German-born naturalist and scientific illustrator. She was one of the first naturalists to observe insects directly. She painted from life, published her own books of embroidery patterns and scientific studies, and travelled with her daughter to South America […]


How does the club work?

You’ll receive: A MYSTERY package every other month A skein of yarn hand-dyed by Donna in a special colorway. An original watercolor painting by me, designer Donna. A knitting notion or tool to use on your project.  Occasionally a printed illustrated booklet. A Victorian pattern for a knitted flower. An illustrated story about a woman […]


How Silk is Made

Here’s a cool video on how silk is made. Check it out! And if you want to learn more, join our Natural History of Knitting Yarn Club. There are a few spots open. We’ll be talking about silk in our next package and more later in the year.  


Inspiring Embroidery

All this embroidery is inspiring me. Do you all want to do an embroidered knit project later this year? I have ideas! These gorgeous pieces are by Jenny Adin-Christie, a freelance specialist traditional embroiderer, trained at the Royal School of Needlework. She has some amazing photos and information on her website, so if you have […]


Embroidery in the 1700s

This wedding dress was made in 1766 and it survives with its stomacher and trimmings intact. We are lucky that in this case we know something of the making and the ownership of this beautiful garment. The silk is from Nørre Vosborg. The dress was made for the then 24 year old Mette Bagges Kjær […]


Tutorials for Bindweed Cowl Techniques

There’s nothing very tricky about the Bindweed Cowl, but it does use a combination of techniques that I put together to create special effects. Provisional Cast On I used a provisional cast on for this so we can add a border to the bottom later. Here’s my favorite provisional cast-on technique:   Cables OOPS, I […]