Rags, Rugs, and a Mystery

I saw this picture in a National Archives blog post for Mother’s Day.  The winding of the rags caught my eye. I thought I remembered reading that during the Great Depression, whole kits… Continue reading

The Milliner’s Secret

Having just read about the couturiers and milliners of WWII Paris, I was excited to find a novel set in that era.  I was hoping that maybe more information about Théâtre de la… Continue reading

Creativity Triumphs – Theatre de la Mode

In the closing days of WWII in France, couturiers in Paris created an exhibit which would both “show the continuing vitality of the fashion industries” and raise money for war relief.  After the… Continue reading

Multiple Technique Practice Piece — the Back

Many people who work in surface design talk about how the first steps can look awful.  You just have to keep working until you get to a result you like – and if… Continue reading

Multiple Technique Practice Piece

This may be the year I don’t get any projects done, just some studio organization and some practice.   I followed Melanie McNeil’s suggestion about inventorying books — between art and textile books, I… Continue reading

Dye Experiments Day Two Results

At the end of my first day of dyeing, I found a whole stack of fabric I had set aside to be dyed.  Since I still had my supplies out, I went ahead… Continue reading

Trying Some Dyeing

We have had a very rainy spring and summer, but lately there have been some sunny days I could spend outside working on surface design.  One of my projects has been a challenge… Continue reading

A Little Cleverness is a Dangerous Thing, Part Two

We have had 25 inches of rain here in the last two months.  Maybe my brain is mildewing, and that is why I have had so many issues with my recent craft projects.… Continue reading

A Little Cleverness is a Dangerous Thing, Part One

It’s been a busy year and I have hardly gotten any projects done.  When I finally had a chance to get into the sewing room, I thought it would be best to use… Continue reading

97 Years Ago Today

The original caption is “Women Rivet Heaters and Passers On, Ship Construction Work.  Navy Yard, Pugent Sound, Washington.”  Taken May 29, 1919. Most of them are wearing proper boots with heels, but a… Continue reading