Lace Day

Lace Day Knitter

Two Hundred Years of Lace Last weekend the knitting needles were clicking in Haapsalu. Each August, for the last five years, the Estonian seaside town of Haapsalu has celebrated Pitsipäev, Lace Day. It’s a charming festival that celebrates the town’s lace knitting heritage. The knitting of delicate lace shawls and scarves has been a significant aspect […]

Celebrating Textiles in Mexico— Having Fun and Working Hard

Textile Fiestas of Mexico

Sheri Brautigam is a woman who seems to have perfected the balance between having fun and working hard. And that balance is one of my favorite things about the travel guide she’s just written for Thrums Books, Textile Fiestas of Mexico–A Traveler’s Guide to Celebrations, Markets, and Smart Shopping. Just looking at the cover of […]

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth–An Inside Look

Oaxaca Stories in Cloth

Picture This I read about glamorous photo shoots for Vogue, Vanity Fair, Elle, and so forth with amazement. There’s the photographer, of course. The hair person. The makeup person. The person to schlep gear.  The person to hold lights just so, one to aim a fan at the model’s hair so it blows fetchingly in […]

Gold Medal Performance

Gold Medal Performance

The athletes have arrived in Rio. The nations have paraded. The flame has been lit. The Olympics are officially upon us. In the weeks ahead, no doubt we’ll witness amazing athletic prowess, hear about great speeds and sportsmanship, and tally the medals. I’ll admit I love the Olympics. They are proof that people from the most […]