Category Archive: Books

Following the Trail of An Old Ax-head

Back in the fall, as I was walking around our place in the Hill Country, I came across an ax-head sticking out of the ground. Of course I wondered how long it had… Continue reading

Celebrating Public Domain Day

Every year at this time, I am eager to explore the works that are entering the public domain each year. For a list of 75 highlights of this year’s works, you can read… Continue reading

Tales Told by the Hemp-Dresser

Imagine yourself in rural France on a cool autumn evening in the 1840s.  After the work of the harvest, what would you do for entertainment? You might find yourself outside in the dark,… Continue reading

From String to Spandex — Books about Textile History

Today we’re going to take a look at some books covering world-wide textile history.  It is interesting to see how different authors organize and present this huge body of content. (I will link… Continue reading

Why Do Models Look So Bored?

Last week I spent a delightful morning watching videos from this spring’s fashion shows, picking out the styles I would be happy to wear if I were young, rich, and attending a gala… Continue reading

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