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Museums and books

A petition to save a textile museum (and here’s a great deal more info from Katrin):

The Textile Museum of Lyon is threatened with closure, which undoubtedly constitutes a major asset catastrophe. The indifference of the city of Lyon and that of the Ministry of Culture and Communication make possible a scenario that remains for many inconceivable. The Textile Museum of Lyon is one of the most prestigious and important (if not most) institution in the world dedicated to textiles in terms of quality as quantity. It represents the textile heritage of France and is an inexhaustible source for research as well as a place of inspiration for the current textile design. There must be opened for the good of the city, the region and the influence of France.

Can you relay this petition:à-la-fermeture-du-musée-des-tissus-de-lyon. Thanks for your help and your support.

Audrey Mathieu

There are a couple days left to download Woven into the Earth. I downloaded my copy promptly, but forgot to mention it here.

Also from Katrin, some other free archaeological goodies from Estonia.

Upcoming classes


Look at that! A great heap of new frame looms! Those are part of my preparations for the Fiber ArtsFest to be held in Huntingdon, PA, on September 18 and 19.

What am I teaching?



And this!


And this!


And this!


Look like fun? You still have time to sign up for classes.

Happy Velocikittenraptor Day!

Two years ago today we brought home a pair of curious creatures.

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They were so very tiny!

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Odds and ends

I’ve been saving things to post, some for rather a long time, and I’d like to get them cleaned up and out of my way.

  • Pennsic Fiber Arts Pavilion: For those of you in the SCA, Fiadnata is organizing a pavilion at Flaming Gryphon’s camp in Block W-07 for all of Pennsic. It will be available for all Fiber Artisans to use for gatherings, classes, and general socialization. (Facebook page)
  • Archaeologia Cantiana Online (Kent Archaeological Society).
  • Via Carolyn Priest-Dorman, Ancient
    Monuments Laboratory Reports online. This is a two-step process. First, browse the British National Archives to find a title of interest. The link will tell you that the report is not available online. But don’t despair: Go to google search and in the search box put:

    and the title of the report you’re seeking. The PDF should be the first search result. (You can also assemble the URL using the publication year and index number, but I’m lazy.)

  • More from Carolyn Priest-Dorman: a new blog featuring write-ups of her textile research.
  • From Grace Hatton, a series of photos of a Sami weaver from the Norskfolkemuseum collection. The next link will take you through the series.
  • Via Christina Duffy on Twitter, these images of the seal tag attaching the Great Seal of Henry III to the Magna Carta (1225; BL Add MS 46144).
  • More Sami weaving, this time videos. I obtained the link from Nancy Ayton.
  • Arelate Studio has a new website, and all of Nancy Spies’ books, including Ecclesiastical Pomp and Aristocratic Circumstance, are available as PDFs.
  • There’s a new book on the tablet-woven stole and maniple from Arlon. (I haven’t seen it yet.)

That should keep you busy for a while, until I get the next batch organized, or perhaps even do some real blogging.


I’m only writing this once.

And now we are two

My babies are two today!


It seems like just yesterday they were tiny and cute. Now they’re large and gorgeous.

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Welcome to town

Hi April! Welcome to town, lovely to see you again. Oh, yeah, March, the door is that way. Don’t let it hit you on the way out.

April, my dear friend! I missed you! Look, I got you flowers!


Or maybe you got me flowers. It’s so hard to tell. It’s all good, and thanks for melting that snow from yesterday. March was being such a pain.


I’m working on some flowers for your friend May. I’ll share them with you too, if you’re nice enough. Not the tomatoes, though, or the peppers. You’re wonderful, but a bit too fickle for those sensitive types.


I’ve definitely got some peas for you, and lettuce. Spinach too, just as soon as you warm up a tiny bit more. I saw you were still considering snow; I blame March’s bad influence. I know you’re stronger than that: don’t listen!

Anyway, I’m glad to see you. Really, really glad. I hope you’re settling in well. Let’s get together soon for drinks, maybe some food, and definitely more flowers. I see those daffodil shoots you’ve got hiding over there, you know. Looking forward to them.

Lovely things

Indoor springtime! I decided I wanted to start seeds successfully this year, and after investigating all the options, I decided to purchase the fancy shelf unit from Gardener’s Supply. I went kind of crazy ordering seeds during a snowstorm (there’s no way I can fit seven kinds of heirloom tomatoes into my three raised beds, but so pretty). I finally got the shelves put together. They are very sturdy, and went together nicely.


There is light! It’s too early to start tomatoes, but maybe some herbs or flowers? I need to sort through the seeds and see what I can start when. It helps to distract me from the bitter, bitter cold.

The cold has been less trouble than it might have been, because a Lovely Friend (who may choose whether or not to take credit) sent us beautiful and comforting knitwear. Aren’t these Laurel mitts just lovely? I’ve been wearing them just about nonstop for the past few days.


Lovely Friend also sent something for Thorvaaldr, who is just as enthusiastic but has spent fewer hours wearing his present.


I’ve been knitting myself, on more things to dress Eugene rather than anything fancy or elaborate. Still, pretty and warm.


The article about us dressing Eugene was passed on to the sculptor and the donors, and all were thrilled. Such fun! And a good thing as well.


Interweave has a bunch of stuff on sale for President’s Day, including the Weaver’s Inkle Pattern Directory at $5.

I’ve had an e-copy for a while (weaving patterns on the iPad; very convenient), but jumped at the chance to complement it with a physical copy. I bought two; one will show up in the FFF silent auction, I expect.

Sticks and string

In the distant future: I just submitted four class proposals for the PA Fiber ArtsFest in September. I taught at the first one two years ago, and was on the schedule for last year but had to cancel for health reasons. I hope they let me come back; I haven’t been teaching nearly enough.

      Proposal 1: Card Weaving for Anyone (Half-day)
      Proposal 2: Fingerloop Braiding (Half-day)
      Proposal 3: Ply-split Braiding (Half-day)
      Proposal 4: Sticks and String: Weaving with Minimal Equipment (Half-day)

That last is a new one. I’ve written about it here before but not taught it hands-on. But I just got the wonderful new book Norwegian Pick-up Bandweaving by Heather Torgenrud, and it has reignited my enthusiasm for that particular textile technique, including my desire to do it with the least possible equipment.

See, everything you really need to weave these bands is available at an office supply store: a box of unsharpened pencils, a package of rubber bands, a ball of twine, and two bulldog clips. I’m still working on the best low-equipment warping method, but I have time to figure that out.

I’ve started a new Flickr album for band photos, though there isn’t much there yet.

One of my great enthusiasms is getting people interested in weaving without forcing them to purchase complicated expensive equipment. Another is the way skill of hands and equipment complexity can be interchanged. And look: they overlap right here, in pick-up band weaving. Perfect!