Category Archive: Book Reviews

Bayeux Tapestry – Books, Part Two

Reading about the Bayeux Tapestry made me want to know more background information on the Normans – where did they come from?  Why did they want to expand into England?  I mean, the… Continue reading

Bayeux Tapestry – Books, Part One

The Bayeux Tapestry seems so modern in its objectivity.  It presents what happened, but you can never tell what side it’s on.  No individual stands out as looking more handsome and heroic than… Continue reading

Textile Time Travel – the Middle Ages

It’s not often that we get the kind of bleak rainy weather we’ve had lately, so I’ve been glad for the excuse to stay inside and lose myself in some wonderful books and… Continue reading

Women Are Here to Stay!

We wrapped up our recent visit to Big Bend with a short stay in Marfa, Texas.  Marfa is famous for its mystery lights, (written about even before cars were invented), for its reputation… Continue reading

Immersed in the Impressionists – Part Three

If ever you mention books from the 1800s to people, what is their most likely response? “You know they were paid by the word, that’s why there’s so much description.” Well, that’s not… Continue reading

Immersed in the Impressionists – Part Two

In my last post I related how Dancing for Degas started me down the path of trying to find out how the Impressionists were affected by war. After reading that novel, my next… Continue reading

Immersed in the Impressionists

I had big plans for April – I was going to focus on Art with a capital A.  I was going to read about art, watch movies about art, go to art museums… Continue reading

Reading About Red

Long winter nights are a perfect time for armchair travel – reading my way around the world and through the centuries, and learning a little more about textiles. If The Root of Wild… Continue reading

On the Trail of a Textile Legend

In the late 1800s, Candace Wheeler was a textile designer, a business partner of Louis Comfort Tiffany, owner of her own design business, a writer,  a founder of a rural artists’ colony and… Continue reading

Helen of Troy and the Trojan Cloak

In my last post, I talked about the beautiful Helen of Troy and her incredible weaving skills.  Homer may have just intended to show her as a proper woman, industriously weaving, but his… Continue reading