If you ask me, you can tell a civilization is in decline when it stops caring about good throw pillows.
For an introduction to what goes on in this column, click here. For the beginning of this project, click here. I knew if I hesitated before setting the uneven warp to…
My inspiration was a fabric, not terribly well known these days, called chiné. Now, chiné (shee-NAY) is not the same as crèpe de chine or China silk. The name means “Chinese” and it may well have originated in China; though the examples of it that inspired me are not, in fact, Chinese, but French. Are you with me so far?
For an introduction to what goes on in this column, click here. I am unabashedly in love with rigid heddle weaving. I’ve written about it repeatedly, in “Fridays with Franklin” and…
In the dim recesses of my memory lurked an image of my late grandmother, the tailor, embroidering perfect five- and six-pointed stars on a client’s fancy party outfit.
Since last Thursday’s sneak preview, Rosamund has made the rounds of the neighborhood in her new superhero costume, knit from HiKoo Simpliworsted.
In the pantheon of superheroes, there’s only one whose adventures I enjoyed as a child. The others bored me. Rosamund likes her, too; and is a princess, a protector, and a survivor in her own way.
Nothing gets me over-excited like trying out a new way to knit a familiar shape. I hate stopping to eat, or answer e-mails, or see people. I just want to go go go go go go until I find out whether it’s going to work or not.
I grew up in a family of Jewelry Guys. Guys like my grandfather. He wore dark, conservative suits to work; but at leisure, he treated each finger to a fat, gold ring and fastened thick ropes and chains of gold around his neck and wrists. The term “bling daddy” was not then in common usage, so my grandfather was described by Marv, his favorite jeweler, as being “a connoisseur of the finer men’s accessories.”
I try to give you a good read, truly I do, with laughs and thrills and the occasional car chase; but you can’t, as my grandmother famously said while on a date with Mick Jagger, always get what you want.