GREAT WOMEN KNOWN FOR THEIR SEWING SKILLS! I am incredibly fascinated with historical fiction that tells the story of little known women in the middle and midivil ages up through the American Civil war. So much of their history is intertwined in the sewing and the other household tasks that they did, even when they… Read More Finding Women in History Through Sewing
THE NEW ART OF LABOR & TRADE: Today we think of art as something that will go into a museum or decorate a space. However, art was once a trade. Michelangelo was part of a sculpting guild & apprenticed under a master in the same way that masons pass on their knowledge of building &… Read More Applied Art™
A LOGICAL EXCUSE… One of the most common phrases I hear when I’m demonstrating or talking with perspective students for art, quilting, or any hand craft is, “I wish I could do that, but I just don’t have the patience…” And it’s true. Part of what we have lost in modern society are the values… Read More The Quilting Lies I Told Me
Just east of London, the County of Suffolk has a rich and long-standing history on the East Coast of England. (For full details, see Wikipedia.) It’s an account that details how the Angles that England is named for became the northern folk (shortened to Norfolk) and the southern folk- which eventually became the county of… Read More Suffolk Puffs/ YoYo’s Since 1601!
*This post may contain affiliate links. QUILTING- AN AMERICAN LEGACY Quilting as we know it today is a uniquely American invention. Yes, there were pre-cursors to it in Europe long before the Pilgrims came, but it changed and developed into something quite different here. The latin word for “quilt” means ‘stuffed sack.” In medieval times,… Read More History of Quilting in America