Just Cross-Stitch Reprise

When I was about seven years old, my mother gave me a cross-stitch kit for Christmas. Along with several skeins of embroidery floss, it had a piece of cotton fabric stamped with the pattern of a little house, some flowers, and the motto “Home Sweet Home.” Oh, I struggled. I didn’t know to make all […]

Lost Cloth

Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

I heard from a dear friend earlier this week on her way to South Africa. She and I tend to check in with each other when we head out on the road—compare notes, give encouragement. Before I set out for a long trek in Africa years ago, I sold her my old Jeep truck. Later, […]

Mother and Daughter

Accha Alta A little more than ten years ago, I was visiting the breathtakingly high, beautiful Andean village of Accha Alta. This very traditional small community was still farming potatoes the old way, tilling near-vertical land with handheld hoes. They were still weaving sacks (costales) of handspun llama wool on backstrap looms to take those […]

The Once and Future Museum

Avenir Museum

In our monthly acknowledgement of an institution that works to preserve and celebrate traditional textiles, we present a special museum close to home in Fort Collins, Colorado. In the lobby of the Colorado State University Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising hangs a plaque that reads, “Avenir means future . . . Thank you for helping us weave […]

Cloth Is a Language

inkuy ToCloth is a language

Since Linda and I returned from Peru a couple of weeks ago, where we were hard at work on a future Thrums book, Peru has occupied much of my brain space. Visions of sugar plums and all that fun holiday stuff were nudged aside by images of Andean peaks and Inca ruins and textile–ancient and […]