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

What We’ll Be Wearing Next Year

So I was on Getty Images looking for some historic photos, when my eye was caught by an actual current event.  It is Fashion Week in China, and apparently all the industry-related universities… Continue reading

So This Happened…

Spot the difference: You may be saying to yourself, “My, isn’t that a lovely modern deck, much better than the previous one?” And you’d be right.   The old deck was built about… Continue reading

Laura I. Baldt and Clothing for Women

One of the vintage textile manuals I have is Clothing for Women: Selection, Design, and Construction by Laura I. Baldt, published by Lippincott in 1916 and 1924.   Baldt was an associate professor… Continue reading

Glimpses of Textiles in Old Novels, Part Two

Eben Holden, A Tale of the North Country is a coming-of-age story set in the Lake Champlain area in the 1800s.  The story starts when the narrator, Willy, is 6 years old and… Continue reading