Category Archive: Historic Textiles

Christo’s Running Fence: Grand Vision and Detailed Execution

The Running Fence will bring out the contours of the Sonoma hills and the seashore, the changing of the weather. The Running Fence is a celebration of the landscape.  – Christo Working within… Continue reading

What Do Christo, Sally Field, and Carl Icahn Have in Common?

Even art-apathetic* people know a little something about the artist Christo. His large-scale landscape art projects like Running Fence, The Gates, and “that thing with the pink fabric floating all around those islands”… Continue reading

A Fruitful Small Business Saturday

I talked my husband into going out to some local antique shops on Small Business Saturday, and I made some great purchases! Let’s start with this top. Nice, but not too special, you… Continue reading

A Family Textile Collection at the Smithsonian

Look at these two very similar samplers — They were made 57 years apart, the second one by the great-niece of the first, and based on her design. Many of us make quilts… Continue reading

Even More Sail History

Source: Sailcloth – National Maritime Museum Ahoy, maties!  After 3 years and 3 months, I have finally found an example of real sail cloth to share with you!  This is from the National… Continue reading

Following up on Viking Sails

 Back in 2013, I visited the Maritime Museum in San Diego, California, and aboard one of the historic ships I saw a huge storage area set aside for extra rigging and sails, and… Continue reading

Rags, Rugs, and a Mystery

I saw this picture in a National Archives blog post for Mother’s Day.  The winding of the rags caught my eye. I thought I remembered reading that during the Great Depression, whole kits… Continue reading

Rose Overshot Coverlet

This year is flying by and I have yet to finish a project, but I am buying enough textiles to make up the difference! This past week, my sister and great-nephew visited, through… Continue reading

Textile Treasures

A most generous reader, Ranger Elaine, has sent me some wonderful treasures from her collection. The star of the show is this tiny silk-covered accordion book with quilt scraps in it.  Elaine thinks… Continue reading

Domestics and the Crinoline in 1862

Yesterday we went to an estate sale at a huge ranch.  Thousands of items were being sold, but most of them were just ordinary things like throw pillows or boxes of glassware from… Continue reading