Category Archive: Inspirations

Summer Rerun

Summer being known for reruns, let’s look at one of my favorite posts from the past.  In it, I combined my love of old movies and textiles, and made up the kinds of… Continue reading

A Treasury of Textiles

Today is Bastille Day, and while the crowds outside are celebrating with music and fireworks, let’s slip down a cool dim hallway to lose ourselves in a treasury of French craftsmanship. From 1732… Continue reading

“From Every Fiber” Exhibit

Yesterday I went to a fiber art exhibit at The Arts Center in College Station, Texas.  Fortunately photography was allowed, so I can share it with those of you who can’t just drop… Continue reading

East Texas Textures

Some textures that catch my eye here on the farm — Some day these will find their way into a quilt or tapestry!

Thanksgiving Football Dinner from 1905

It’s a cold, gray day — a perfect time for a cup of tea with my favorite party planner, Mrs. Herbert B. Linscott.  Years ago I picked up her 1905 book, Bright Ideas… Continue reading

Did I Bring You Something? Yes.

I just got back from a little vacation –  I saw things that reminded me of y’all, so here are your virtual souvenirs: For Pia, who likes buttons and unusual ideas:   For… Continue reading

Imps, Fairies, and Friendly Spirits

During the day my kitchen looks like an ordinary place — (doing a mouse-over will make the pictures more vivid) –but at night, I hear strange noises, and the next morning, things are… Continue reading

Thoughts While Quilting and the Things They Lead To

I really love this wave design.  I’m so glad the Snarky Quilter used it.  I really need to take that Craftsy class she mentioned. I may use this on every quilt from now… Continue reading

Lessons from Skilled Work

Just in time for National Craft Month, I read an essay with the lovely title, “Metaphysical Implications of Function, Material, and Technique in Craft,”  by Howard Risatti*.  It’s in a 1998 exhibition catalog,… Continue reading

Lessons from a Greek Vase

Last night, after a day of spring cleaning, I sat down with some hand quilting in front of the TV, and chose the PBS series Empires, the episode on the Greeks. Now, I… Continue reading