The Gifts of Women–Morocco on My Mind

I returned a couple of weeks ago from the third ClothRoads & Thrums Books Textile Arts of Morocco Tour with author Susan Schaefer Davis. To wander jut a few of the 15,000 alleyways of medieval Fes, to breathe in the mounds of Marrakesh spice, or drive along the edges of the High Atlas Mountains is […]

Morocco Library Project

I’ve been traveling for the last week with Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives  author Susan Schaefer Davis. We’ve been visiting many of the artisans featured in her book on our third ClothRoads/Thrums Books textile tour.  Susan has been leading our small group of  textile travelers through the mountains and markets of this […]

The Benefits of Books for Women Artisans of Morocco

Women Artisans of Morocco author Susan Schaefer Davis shares some great examples of how our books and her tours are improving the lives of women artisans in Morocco. Thanks, Susan! While working on my book on Moroccan artisans, it was obvious that the women I spoke with hoped that being in a book would increase […]

Dreams and Hopes in a Web of Threads

Weave a Real Peace (WARP) held its annual gathering in Washington D.C. last week. It was terrific. For the uninitiated, WARP is a networking group of crafters, academics, entrepreneurs, and anyone (including book publishers!) who value the importance of textiles in communities around the world. The annual meeting is an important time to connect with old […]

Spring and Summer with Thrums Books

Springtime always feels like a whirlwind at Thrums Books. We have new Spring books hitting the shelves while we’re sending our new fall books to the printer. It’s when we win awards (!) and plot our future fun. Check out what’s new in the world of Thrums Books and find out what’s on deck for […]

Textile Travels in China and Other Good News

China

Travels You may have glimpsed photos from our Facebook or Instagram pages over the last couple of weeks, documenting our travels around southwestern China. Our days were filled meeting batik artists, embroidery artists, weavers, indigo dyers–many whose families have worked these textile traditions for several generations. They were happy to share their stories, their skills, […]

Fadma: More Stories from Morocco

Fadma Wadal

Fadma Wadal lives 5,300 miles away from me. She’s six years younger than I am; when I was graduating from high school, she was getting married. Do the math: she was only twelve years old. I went away to college; she waited for puberty and soon had her first child. I personalize this because our […]

What Happened in 2018

  Recently, Facebook showed me a little video it had produced to summarize the high points of my life in 2018. So thoughtful of them. They did manage to include some fun trips and moments with special friends, though they omitted a son’s wedding and a couple of other major milestones. Made me wonder what […]

Living in Color: Love Letter to Morocco

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Morocco, on our two-week ClothRoads/Thrums Books artisan tour, felt familiar in a way. Joe Coca so beautifully photographed the people and places in Women Artisans of Morocco, and Susan Schaefer Davis introduced us so vividly to the artisans and their families that I had a strong sense I’d been there before. And yet, how can […]

Morocco Here We Come

Morocco

Today begins our Thrums Books/ClothRoads Textile Arts Tour of Morocco with Susan Schaefer Davis, author of Women Artisans of Morocco. We’re about to board a flight for Casablanca, where we’ll meet Susan and several other textile travelers to visit many of the artisans featured in Susan’s book. I am so fortunate to have this opportunity […]