Category Archive: Historic Textiles

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

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