Tag Archive: silk

A Treasury of Textiles

Today is Bastille Day, and while the crowds outside are celebrating with music and fireworks, let’s slip down a cool dim hallway to lose ourselves in a treasury of French craftsmanship. From 1732… Continue reading

Vintage Silk Production Postcards

A few times a year, around either my birthday or Christmas (or when there’s been enough of a time lapse for him to forget the last trip), my husband bravely accompanies me into… Continue reading

“Dynamiting” Silk

In my last post I talked about the process of creating silk thread from cocoons.  To me, silk has always had an aura of leisure and luxury, but in reading about it I… Continue reading

Silk – the Basics and a Little Beyond

Humans have been fascinated with silk for thousands of years.  The oldest piece of silk cloth found to date is just a tiny fragment,  found near Shanghai.  It dates back to about 2750… Continue reading

400 Years of Silk in America – Scruples and Scandals

Lustrous, colorful silk has beckoned to people in America over the centuries.  Some saw it as  a way to achieve self-sufficiency, others as a way to build wealth, and still others as an… Continue reading

Fused Fibers

It’s Materials Madness March – a month where I am going to just play around with different materials, without having to complete any useful items. Back in 2002, I read an article in… Continue reading

Textile Trends Trivia – the Answers

Yesterday I gave a little pop quiz.  I’m a former teacher, I can do that.  Let’s go over the quiz and see how you did! Q 1) The French artist was named Trouvelot… Continue reading

Christmas Cheer

It’s a little too warm to really feel like Christmas, but I am starting to decorate a little. One of my favorite decorations is this vintage fabric.  I don’t normally decorate with gold,… Continue reading

Family Textiles: A Tale of Two Shawls

It was the best of textiles, it was the worst of textiles, it was the age of silk, it was the age of wool, it was the epoch of respectibility, it was the epoch… Continue reading