Category Archive: Books

Textile Imagery

The final topic in Mary Schoeser’s book Textiles: The Art of Mankind is Imagery . Pictorial imagery is an element of textile art the viewer expects to find, despite the fact that it… Continue reading

Textile Added Dimensions

While most people are trying to “think outside the box”, textile artists are usually content to “think within the plane”.  And a spectacular job we do of it, too.  We can divide space… Continue reading

Textile Surface

This is the fourth in a series I am doing in which I look at my own textiles in the light of Mary Schoeser’s book Textiles: The Art of Mankind.  Two more sections… Continue reading

Textile Structure

This is the third in a series in which I look at my own textiles in the light of Mary Schoeser’s book Textiles: The Art of Mankind. The essays in each section of… Continue reading

Lovely to Look at: Difficult to Summarize

I have been absorbed by Mary Schoeser’s book Textiles: The Art of Mankind. Schoeser has written many books on textile history, including World Textiles: A Concise History and Silk.  This book is a… Continue reading

Thanksgiving Football Dinner from 1905

It’s a cold, gray day — a perfect time for a cup of tea with my favorite party planner, Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott.  Years ago I picked up her 1905 book, Bright Ideas… Continue reading

Tracking Textile History – the Mycenaeans

When we left the fascinating archaeology of Crete a few posts ago, it was about 1450 BC. From the evidence we have it seems the rulers in the palace of Knossos were big… Continue reading

I Love Linear B!

When Knossos was excavated, thousands of small clay tablets were found.  Some of their symbols were pretty easy to figure out:   and some weren’t. (I am drawing them myself, because I have… Continue reading

Tracking Textile History: The Minoans, Part Two

Before we get into more of Minoan textiles, we need to take a short look at how this culture was brought back from three thousand years of oblivion. There is a fast-paced, readable… Continue reading

Tracking Textile History: The Minoans

Okay, you know the Minoans, right? Those bull-leaping snake-handling fresco-painting labyrinth-building people? “Bull leaping, fresco from the Great Palace at Knossos, Crete, Heraklion Archaeological Museum” by George Groutas – originally posted to Flickr… Continue reading