Tag Archive: textiles

Textile Glimpses of Nova Scotia

Last week our Cherished Neighbor Liz and I spent the week in Nova Scotia, someplace both of us have always wanted to go.  Most of our time was spent taking in the scenery… Continue reading

Mystery Textile

In my last few posts, I have told about some great textiles I came across at a local antique show.  The nice lady in the booth with the quilt top told me she… Continue reading

Design Advice from the Dress Doctors

I cannot adequately express how much I love this book — The Lost Art of Dress: The Women Who Once Made America Stylish. Author Linda Przybyszewski tells the story of the early 20th… Continue reading

What Clothes Reveal

You know the image of our industrious forebears — After studying textile history for the last 20 years, I had a hazy idea that that image casts our ancestors in a glorified light,… Continue reading

Dress Diary 1855-1917

A few days ago, when I was looking at the Hollywood costume sketches at the Brooklyn Museum, I noticed this wonderful dress diary in their archives. The diary’s owner, Ida Jackson, was born… Continue reading

Textiles in Hiding

At the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, Georgia, among all the aircraft and equipment, is an exhibit that shows the stories of pilots downed behind enemy lines.  One… Continue reading

Textile Imagery

The final topic in Mary Schoeser’s book Textiles: The Art of Mankind is Imagery . Pictorial imagery is an element of textile art the viewer expects to find, despite the fact that it… Continue reading

Textile Added Dimensions

While most people are trying to “think outside the box”, textile artists are usually content to “think within the plane”.  And a spectacular job we do of it, too.  We can divide space… Continue reading

Textile Structure

This is the third in a series in which I look at my own textiles in the light of Mary Schoeser’s book Textiles: The Art of Mankind. The essays in each section of… Continue reading

Lovely to Look at: Difficult to Summarize

I have been absorbed by Mary Schoeser’s book Textiles: The Art of Mankind. Schoeser has written many books on textile history, including World Textiles: A Concise History and Silk.  This book is a… Continue reading