Category Archive: Historic Textiles

Scraps from the Past

The wonderful Paula B kindly sent me a package with two scrap collections, one from the late 1800s and one from the 1930s.  There are at least 200 different fabrics represented! Most of… Continue reading

Aachen Cathedral Textile Treasures

Last week I got to tag along on my husband’s business trip to Düsseldorf, Germany.  We had one day available for a side trip, so I picked a place I have wanted to… Continue reading

New Goods! New Goods! An Ohio Storekeeper’s Inventory from 1838

Earlier this year, I typed up the 1847 inventory of Jacob Weaver, a storekeeper in Knox County, Ohio; this week I worked on the 1838 estate inventory of another storekeeper from the same… Continue reading

The Richness of Greek Embroidery

When I think of “household embroideries,” I think of framed cross stitch samplers on the wall, or some pillowcases with daisy-stitched flowers with French knot centers.  But last week I got to visit… Continue reading

Ohio Merchant’s Inventory from 1847

While hunting online for our ancestors’ records, I have been searching through collections of digitized microfilm pictures.  I have been lucky; many of them have already been indexed, making it easy to go… Continue reading

Textile Inventory from 1844

In going through the old papers from my husband’s family, I have come across an inventory from 1844, from his great-great-great-grandfather’s estate. I don’t have the original, I am working from a Xerox… Continue reading

Public Domain Day

For Public Domain Day, I am bringing you some lovely textiles from our own Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  One thing I really love about their online collections, is that they put the… Continue reading

Sailmaker on Board

If you had asked me, “When did the Age of Sail end?” I would have thought about it a while, guessing that since steamboats were invented about 1803, sailing ships must have been… Continue reading

A Compendium of Sail Information

The most interesting thing to me about the Age of Sail is the textiles used to make the sails.  But as I have tried to find out more about them, I have been… Continue reading

Souvenirs from Washington

On our way to the Maryhill Museum of Art, we had time to meander and stop at little towns and scenic overlooks. In the historic district of Ellensburg, we had a delicious breakfast,… Continue reading