Punch Looks at Photographers

Since we have been looking at old cabinet cards in the last two posts, I thought it would be a good time to look at some illustrations of photographers from the 1862 Punch… Continue reading

If I Lived 130 Years Ago

My mental image of myself would be something like this: Or this: Or at the very least this: I would admire women dressed to the nines like this: But in reality, I would… Continue reading

August in the Archives

I live in Texas, and even though I usually spend a lot of time outdoors, in August, the heat gets to even me.  So I set aside this month to stay indoors and… Continue reading

Even More Sail History

Source: Sailcloth – National Maritime Museum Ahoy, maties!  After 3 years and 3 months, I have finally found an example of real sail cloth to share with you!  This is from the National… Continue reading

Following up on Viking Sails

 Back in 2013, I visited the Maritime Museum in San Diego, California, and aboard one of the historic ships I saw a huge storage area set aside for extra rigging and sails, and… Continue reading

Trying Some FMQ Options

Thank you to everyone for input on ways to put the string quilt blocks together.  In the comments, Choice 3, a straight grid of sashing was the clear winner, but in the voting,… Continue reading

Greek Costume Stamps

In 2007, I got to go to Athens (the real one in Greece — we have one in Texas too but it’s not quite as famous) on very short notice.  Usually when I… Continue reading

Setting Options – Opinions Requested

With this cold I’ve had for two weeks, I have felt too foggy to concentrate on anything even slightly complicated, but I have been wanting to sew.  So I have spent a little… Continue reading

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