A Common Thread
Above: An American doll’s dress with smocking, from circa 1950. Opposite, clockwise from top left: Weaving combs, calligraphy brushes, and other domestic items from Japan. Stump-work thread flowers by artist Verónica Fuentes. A Victorian lace- and-sewing kit with a glove stretcher. Skeins of blue silk yarn from late New Jersey fiber artist Carol Westfall. A handmade knitting-needle case made out of antique Japanese fabric. Vintage zōkins, or Japanese cleaning cloths. Bobbins and spools of thread, with antique thimbles from France. A bookmark with sashiko stitching (to learn how to make one, visit marthastewart.com/sashikobookmark).