Category Archive: Books

Locked Down in History — Beauty from Harsh Surroundings

A man is sentenced to prison for an indeterminate time, condemned to stay there until he can produce what he has promised, gold from lead.  Even after four years in prison, with absolutely… Continue reading

Locked Down in History — Unraveling “The Queen’s Embroiderer”

I came across a book excerpt that described a French embroiderer in the court of Louis XIV – his techniques, materials, and customers¹.  I quickly bought the book, The Queen’s Embroiderer by Joan… Continue reading

Locked Down in History — Venetian Convents

We’re all tired of the new restrictions on our lives, but of course, it could be worse!  Lately I have read three books about people experiencing lock-ups they were powerless to escape, and… Continue reading

Pin Party from 1905

Melissa at Two Threads Back has been on the historical trail of pins recently, with one post about bachelors’ pin cushions, and another with an 1863 story from the viewpoint of a pin!… Continue reading

Company Manners

At this time of year, when many of us are preparing for holiday get-togethers, we can fall into worry more than anticipation.  We want everything to be perfect. But in reality, aren’t some… Continue reading

Better Counseling through Costume Books

People rarely ask me for advice, but if they did, I’d be ready!  (At least as long as they limited their questions to the area of recommendations on costume history books.  And I… Continue reading

Putting Herself in the Picture

Last week, in one of my favorite used book stores, I found the book Women’s Worlds:  The Art and Life of Mary Ellen Best 1809-1891. Mary Ellen Best was a professional artist active… Continue reading

In Awe of a Master Designer and Stitcher

You think you know a person… … and then you find out she’s been interviewed by NPR and the BBC, had an offer from the Guinness Book of World Records, turned down that… Continue reading

Basting, Bingeing, and Books

A while ago Kerry at Love Those Hands At Home mentioned in a post that she had tried this quilt-basting method from Sharon Schamber. The main idea is that you roll the quilt… Continue reading

Spectacular Spirals

I am part of an online art quilt group called The Endeavourers.  When our current theme, Spirals, was announced, I thought it was a good time to dig into my Kindle inventory and… Continue reading