A Weaver’s Counting Rhyme

These towels are based on a draft from Malin Selander’s Swedish Handweaving, which has a lovely cover that looks like a handwoven inlay. I love this book, but since it was issued in… 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

Funky, Funkier, Funkiest

Here are some recent finds, and they are all a little bright and crazy. This first one has me utterly befuddled.  I can’t find the exact pattern in Maggie Malone’s 5500 Quilt Block… Continue reading

Texas Dandelion Dye

I tried a new plant from the yard, and couldn’t believe the depth of color! This is from Texas Dandelion, Pyrrhopappus paucifloris.  The really great thing about it, is that it grows on… Continue reading

English Needles from the 1850s

Melanie at Catbird Studios just did a post on needle facts, and she mentioned, “By 1847 with the introduction of specialty machinery, more than 50 million needles were made each week in the… 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

Lessons From a Dumpster Dive

Last week as I was running errands in town, I noticed giant sample books sticking out of the trash can at an interior decorator’s shop.  I gathered up my nerve and went in… Continue reading

We Can’t All Be Christo, But…

At the same time I was reading about Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s work, I was also reading Common Threads: Weaving Community Through Collaborative Eco-Art by Sharon Kallis, and that book gave me additional insights… 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

What Do Christo, Sally Field, and Carl Icahn Have in Common?

Even art-apathetic* people know a little something about the artist Christo. His large-scale landscape art projects like Running Fence, The Gates, and “that thing with the pink fabric floating all around those islands”… Continue reading