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Apr. 21st, 2016

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Guns and ships

Mirrored from String Notes.

Spies! Shipwrecks! Crown jewels! And a yellow silk dress…

From the inestimable Sara Lamb: “A master craftsman is not one who makes no mistakes, a master is one who can repair mistakes so no one else knows they happened.”

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Apr. 18th, 2016

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By George

Mirrored from String Notes.

I think this is working again!

I’ve been traveling a lot, and otherwise swamped, and hadn’t gotten back to fixing the last bits of site moving chaos.

Okay, honestly, I hadn’t noticed the bit preventing me from logging in until I tried to wish the velocikittenraptors a happy third birthday. And then it took another couple weeks to get the chance to sit down and fix the problem.

I can maybe even tell you all about my new loom! And travel photos, and and and.

blog sits empty for more months, as tumbleweeds blow through

Dec. 29th, 2015

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Museums and books

Mirrored from String Notes.

A petition to save a textile museum (and here’s a great deal more info from Katrin):

The Textile Museum of Lyon is threatened with closure, which undoubtedly constitutes a major asset catastrophe. The indifference of the city of Lyon and that of the Ministry of Culture and Communication make possible a scenario that remains for many inconceivable. The Textile Museum of Lyon is one of the most prestigious and important (if not most) institution in the world dedicated to textiles in terms of quality as quantity. It represents the textile heritage of France and is an inexhaustible source for research as well as a place of inspiration for the current textile design. There must be opened for the good of the city, the region and the influence of France.

Can you relay this petition: https://www.change.org/p/madame-fleur-pellerin-3-rue-de-valois-non-à-la-fermeture-du-musée-des-tissus-de-lyon. Thanks for your help and your support.

Audrey Mathieu

There are a couple days left to download Woven into the Earth. I downloaded my copy promptly, but forgot to mention it here.

Also from Katrin, some other free archaeological goodies from Estonia.

Sep. 7th, 2015

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Upcoming classes

Mirrored from String Notes.


Look at that! A great heap of new frame looms! Those are part of my preparations for the Fiber ArtsFest to be held in Huntingdon, PA, on September 18 and 19.

What am I teaching?



And this!


And this!


And this!


Look like fun? You still have time to sign up for classes.

Jun. 8th, 2015

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Happy Velocikittenraptor Day!

Mirrored from String Notes.

Two years ago today we brought home a pair of curious creatures.

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They were so very tiny!

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Jun. 7th, 2015

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Odds and ends

Mirrored from String Notes.

I’ve been saving things to post, some for rather a long time, and I’d like to get them cleaned up and out of my way.

  • Pennsic Fiber Arts Pavilion: For those of you in the SCA, Fiadnata is organizing a pavilion at Flaming Gryphon’s camp in Block W-07 for all of Pennsic. It will be available for all Fiber Artisans to use for gatherings, classes, and general socialization. (Facebook page)
  • Archaeologia Cantiana Online (Kent Archaeological Society).
  • Via Carolyn Priest-Dorman, Ancient
    Monuments Laboratory Reports online. This is a two-step process. First, browse the British National Archives to find a title of interest. The link will tell you that the report is not available online. But don’t despair: Go to google search and in the search box put:</p>


    and the title of the report you’re seeking. The PDF should be the first search result. (You can also assemble the URL using the publication year and index number, but I’m lazy.)

  • More from Carolyn Priest-Dorman: a new blog featuring write-ups of her textile research.
  • From Grace Hatton, a series of photos of a Sami weaver from the Norskfolkemuseum collection. The next link will take you through the series.
  • Via Christina Duffy on Twitter, these images of the seal tag attaching the Great Seal of Henry III to the Magna Carta (1225; BL Add MS 46144).
  • More Sami weaving, this time videos. I obtained the link from Nancy Ayton.
  • Arelate Studio has a new website, and all of Nancy Spies’ books, including Ecclesiastical Pomp and Aristocratic Circumstance, are available as PDFs.
  • There’s a new book on the tablet-woven stole and maniple from Arlon. (I haven’t seen it yet.)

That should keep you busy for a while, until I get the next batch organized, or perhaps even do some real blogging.

May. 3rd, 2015

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Mirrored from String Notes.

I’m only writing this once.

Apr. 5th, 2015

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And now we are two

Mirrored from String Notes.

My babies are two today!


It seems like just yesterday they were tiny and cute. Now they’re large and gorgeous.

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Apr. 1st, 2015

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Welcome to town

Mirrored from String Notes.

Hi April! Welcome to town, lovely to see you again. Oh, yeah, March, the door is that way. Don’t let it hit you on the way out.

April, my dear friend! I missed you! Look, I got you flowers!


Or maybe you got me flowers. It’s so hard to tell. It’s all good, and thanks for melting that snow from yesterday. March was being such a pain.


I’m working on some flowers for your friend May. I’ll share them with you too, if you’re nice enough. Not the tomatoes, though, or the peppers. You’re wonderful, but a bit too fickle for those sensitive types.


I’ve definitely got some peas for you, and lettuce. Spinach too, just as soon as you warm up a tiny bit more. I saw you were still considering snow; I blame March’s bad influence. I know you’re stronger than that: don’t listen!

Anyway, I’m glad to see you. Really, really glad. I hope you’re settling in well. Let’s get together soon for drinks, maybe some food, and definitely more flowers. I see those daffodil shoots you’ve got hiding over there, you know. Looking forward to them.

Feb. 10th, 2015

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Sticks and string

Mirrored from String Notes.

In the distant future: I just submitted four class proposals for the PA Fiber ArtsFest in September. I taught at the first one two years ago, and was on the schedule for last year but had to cancel for health reasons. I hope they let me come back; I haven’t been teaching nearly enough.

      Proposal 1: Card Weaving for Anyone (Half-day)
      Proposal 2: Fingerloop Braiding (Half-day)
      Proposal 3: Ply-split Braiding (Half-day)
      Proposal 4: Sticks and String: Weaving with Minimal Equipment (Half-day)

That last is a new one. I’ve written about it here before but not taught it hands-on. But I just got the wonderful new book Norwegian Pick-up Bandweaving by Heather Torgenrud, and it has reignited my enthusiasm for that particular textile technique, including my desire to do it with the least possible equipment.

See, everything you really need to weave these bands is available at an office supply store: a box of unsharpened pencils, a package of rubber bands, a ball of twine, and two bulldog clips. I’m still working on the best low-equipment warping method, but I have time to figure that out.

I’ve started a new Flickr album for band photos, though there isn’t much there yet.

One of my great enthusiasms is getting people interested in weaving without forcing them to purchase complicated expensive equipment. Another is the way skill of hands and equipment complexity can be interchanged. And look: they overlap right here, in pick-up band weaving. Perfect!

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