Afghan Textile Stories Travel from Kabul to Cleveland

Enjoy this dispatch author Mary Littrell sent us from a textile conference she and co-author Rangina Hamidi attended in early November. Thanks, Mary! Each fall, over 500 university professors in fashion design and retailing gather for their annual conference of the International Textile and Apparel Association.  A highlight each year is the Jan Else Distinguished […]

Spark–the Difference between Excellence and Love

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We all have our favorite textiles. Maybe it’s the color, the fiber, or a combination of techniques that draws us in. Maybe it’s because of where we were when we acquired–or made–the piece, or maybe it’s the person who gave it to us. Maybe our favorite textiles speaks to us because they have a special […]

Slow Fiber and an Act of Hope

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Enjoy this beautiful post from our weaving friend Aaron Burmeister. I imagine you’ve heard or read about the Slow Fiber movement. Fiber enthusiast that you are, you’re likely even directly involved in some Slow Fiber cause. It and its similarly concerned older cousins, Slow Money and Slow Food, advocate for a different way of thinking […]

Updates and Outtakes for Women Artisans of Morocco

Author Susan Schaefer Davis clues us in on what’s been happening since the publication of her new book Women Artisans of Morocco: Their Stories, Their Lives. It’s been an exciting time since my book Women Artisans of Morocco came out April 15. I’ve heard from lots of old friends—and am finally beginning to realize that […]

In the Beginning, Weaving a Story

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“The relationship between weaving and storytelling is as old as time.” Carol Karasik wrote that, describing her book of folk tales, Maya Gods & Monsters. She also describes a mysterious thread that binds spoken and visual languages together. I like thinking of textiles as visual language. As Linda and I have been working on our […]

For the Love of Books, and Book Collectors

We’ve done a beautiful thing. While we were preparing Embroidering Within Boundaries: Afghan Women Creating a Future, we had this vision of a special collector’s edition, one that would feature actual embroidery by the women in the book. It seemed like a win-win: the women desperately needed the work, and we sincerely wanted to create […]

Thinking of Guatemala

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Tomorrow, Thrums Books’ photographer Joe Coca and I are flying to Guatemala where we’ll wend our way to rainy Panajachel. Yes, we’re working on another book! It’s hard to keep track, isn’t it? Morocco, China, the Navajo Nation, Guatemala. We’re covering all the textile bases. For this month’s featured textile museum it seemed fitting, given […]

China, Indigo, Textiles, and Eventually, a Book

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I’ve been told by a revered marketing guru that it’s not a good idea to write about a book a year and a half before it’s published, and before it even has a title. So I’m not going to write about that book which has no name. But I must share a slice of the […]

Putting the Funk in Textiles

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For this month’s featured textile museum, we travel to the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida, to visit the Ruth Funk Center for Textile Arts, the only textiles center in the state. I love that a first-rate textile collection lives at a technology institute. Sometimes, technology gets a bad rap, particularly in the realm of […]

Maya Gods & Monsters: A Mysterious Thread

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AUTHOR CAROL KARASIK IS OUR GUEST BLOGGER THIS WEEK, GIVING SPECIAL INSIGHT INTO HER NEW BOOK: Myths and Tales and Textiles Thrums Books has a glorious reputation for publishing beautiful books on textiles from ancient cultures throughout the world. In a striking departure, they decided to bring out Maya Gods and Monsters: Supernatural Stories from the […]

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