Category Archive: Household Textiles

On the Trail of a Textile Legend

In the late 1800s, Candace Wheeler was a textile designer, a business partner of Louis Comfort Tiffany, owner of her own design business, a writer,  a founder of a rural artists’ colony and… Continue reading

Textile Toys

I like to use old toys for Christmas decorations. The red horse was handed down to me when I was a baby, from a neighbor of my grandmother’s.  My mother restuffed it and… Continue reading

Christmas Cheer

It’s a little too warm to really feel like Christmas, but I am starting to decorate a little. One of my favorite decorations is this vintage fabric.  I don’t normally decorate with gold,… Continue reading

Color Party, 1905-style

Working on the color blocks quilt reminded me of my favorite idea from that wonderful one-dollar bargain book, Bright Ideas for Entertaining, by Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott, 1905. Obviously these people were not… Continue reading

Fresh Finds

Yesterday my husband and I spent a lovely afternoon browsing in the shops of Huntsville, Texas, and of course I managed to find a few things that really needed me to rescue them… Continue reading

Halloween Textravaganza

I’m not a huge Halloween aficionado, but I do have a few items that might help you in planning a Halloween party.  It’s still early in the month – sure, you have time… Continue reading

Jacquard Coverlet

This is a double-cloth coverlet, woven in two panels on a Jacquard loom.  The yarn is 2-ply wool in its natural cream color, indigo blue and (I believe) madder red.  The colors are… Continue reading

Coverlet Mysteries

I don’t see as many woven coverlets for sale as I do quilts, but this is one I picked up back in the 90s.  I’ve always thought of it as a small blanket,… Continue reading

Streamlined Studio

I think craft supplies are like coral reefs- they slowly build on each other when you’re not looking, and before you know it, you’re surrounded by towering structures of beautiful fabric, yarn, books,… Continue reading

DIY Pouf Foot Stool

Originally posted on My Attempts at Cleverness:
I love to crochet, but I have huge gaps in my knowledge of it. I can’t read patterns, and I have no idea how much yarn…