Category Archive: Textiles

Yarn Trunk: Down 1 Cone – Towel Drawer: Up 5 Towels

I mistakenly thought that this batch of towels would quickly clean up my yarn stash. It’s a two-shuttle weave, and the pattern thread has some long floats, so I thought that would require… Continue reading

3-D Printing and Handcrafts

The first time I heard about 3-D printing was on an episode of The Big Bang Theory, where two of the guys bought a 3D printer for $10,000 or something, and used it… Continue reading

Textiles from Turkmenistan

Last week my husband had to travel to Turkmenistan for his job.  He travels quite a bit, but this country was a challenge. Turkmenistan is mostly desert, located just north of Iran and… Continue reading

On the Trail of Sail History – the Vikings

We left off somewhere around 1350 BC, when the Mycenaean kings may or may not have been requiring plain linen cloth to be woven as a tax or tribute intended for sail use. … Continue reading

My Imaginary Life as an Artist in Residence

Last year when we were in San Diego, we visited Cabrillo National Monument.  From Cabrillo Point you have stunning views both back toward the city of San Diego (“I can see my hotel… Continue reading

Layers of a Luxury Look

This week I accompanied my husband to a conference at a resort hotel in the Texas Hill Country.  Through a reservations mix-up, we ended up in one half of a luxury suite!  It… Continue reading

We Interrupt Spring Cleaning…

As I have mentioned before, after our daughters grew up and moved out, my husband and I downsized from our typical suburban home, into a cottage that his family had built on their… Continue reading

A Little Commemoration Here, Please

I went to get stamps today, and chose the Building a Nation series, which features black-and-white photos of workers from the early 1900s.  When I got a good look at them, I was… 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