Category Archive: Books

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

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

Maine-ly Textiles

I know many of you are sick to death of winter, but living in Texas, knowing that days – weeks – months of 100 degree heat are about to descend upon me, I… Continue reading

A Medieval Love Story – with Carding and Spinning!

Here’s a little Valentine for all you textile and book aficionados! A few months ago, while researching for my post on a medieval herbal image, I came across some intriguing images of a… Continue reading