Surround Yourself with History

Long before I studied history or worked in a museum, I loved not only history but also “old things.” My parents would take my brother and me to flea markets, yard sales, thrift shops and country auctions in search of treasures. Sometimes we’d keep these prizes, other times my dad—who auctioneered on the weekends—would sell […]

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This Holiday Season: Worry Less, Weave More

How is it that we’re already in November? I swear just a minute ago October was starting and we had months—months!—until The Holiday Season (TM). Take a guess at how many holiday weaving projects I’ve started—I’ll wait. If you guessed, “I bet you haven’t even finished that baby blanket yet, have you?” you would be […]

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How to Care for Naturally Dyed Cloth

In my past life as a museum professional, I was lucky enough to take some classes in conservation. Now a lot of times we hear conservation and think nature. While conservation of natural resources is important, it’s also important to conserve our artistic and historic resources as well—including textiles. Chances are you probably don’t have […]

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The Best Weaving Projects For Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is coming soon but there’s plenty of time to get some weaving projects finished before it’s here. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving or going to visit loved ones here’s a list of the top five weaving projects for Thanksgiving. 1. Hot pads Pot holder, hot pads, trivets—whichever you prefer, these tools are all indispensable when […]

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The Worst Fashion Advice I’ve Ever Received

When I was little, there was a kids’ song about a girl who would always combine polka dots, checks, and stripes in her outfits. Though I have not heard the song in a good 20-plus years, I can still remember part of the chorus: “Polka dots, checks, and stripes (all together); polka dots, checks, and […]

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It’s Never too Early to Start Holiday Weaving

All right, weavers—it’s officially autumn, which means the “holiday season” will soon be upon us. There will be dinner and parties (and dinner parties) celebrating Thanksgiving, Winter Solstice, Hanukkah, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. If you’re like me, this means it’s time to start planning your holiday weaving. I love to give handwoven scarves, towels, […]

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On Finishing Anxiety

When I first started weaving I suffered from Finishing Anxiety. The first time I had to wet-finish a project I watched that cloth like a hawk and rinsed and rinsed until I was absolutely positive I had washed out all the excess dye. And then, of course, I handwashed them again the next day “just […]

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Weaving for Dogs

Today is National Dog Day, the annual holiday of sorts that honors all those good dogs in our life. It’s the day to give your dog extra treats, go on a longer walk than normal, make a special trip to the dog park, or, if you’re like me, plan a weaving project just for them! […]

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Project of the Week: Back to School In Style

School days, school days, dear old golden rule days! The days are getting shorter, the weather is slowly starting to cool down, and in many places school is back in session! I don’t know about you, but there’s something about this time of year that makes me want to load up on back to school […]

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