Category Archive: Historic Textiles

In Which I Get On My Soapbox Before a Young Antique Dealer…

…and he takes it with admirable grace. Last weekend we went to an antique festival in town.  My usual routine is to cruise through quickly, snapping up anything I know I want, and… Continue reading

Links, Online Resources, and Updates

From Current Reading I came across this article in GQ, and I felt so sorry for the author — after several life-stressing events, he felt like he had lost his identity.   His solution? … Continue reading

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