Archive for the ‘Spinning’ Category

Oct 18

The Next Weaving Generation in Peru

Linda Ligon, publisher of our sister company Thrums Books, recently wrote a blog about who will be carrying on the textile-making traditions into the next generation. We’re sharing her blog here and doing a big shout-out for their newest release, Las Tradiciones Viven! (As you’re reading this, I will be meeting→ Read more

Sep 06

Acadian Brown Cotton Ever-Growing

It’s all about brown cotton in Louisiana and Acadian brown cotton (ABC) is becoming an ever-growing sustainable movement. In a recent blog, we introduced you to the story of Acadian brown cotton by tracing the history and culture of the Cajun people of Louisiana. The documentary film Coton jaune: Acadian Brown→ Read more

Aug 09

Memories of Friendship on the Cloth Road

What are the threads that bind friendships? This past Sunday, disparate friends of Dee Lockwood’s came together to celebrate her life, to share their memories, to laugh, to cry. Dee was ClothRoads’s business partner and a long-term friend; she left this life too soon on June 23. I’m sharing some→ Read more

May 10

Mothers as Artisans

I’m seated on the ground next to a Peruvian artisan from Chinchero, Peru, as she weaves on a backstrap loom. I carefully watch her fingers deftly picking a pattern, a pattern she has memorized, no notes needed. A baby is wailing close by, very close by. Looking around, I don’t→ Read more

Jan 18

Secrets to Andean Knit Bobble Hats

Run your hands across the surface of this Peruvian knit alpaca hat covered by a thousand small, colorful bobble or popcorn stitches. This textured stitch is one of the most distinctive and most asked about Andean knit techniques called q’urpu. Traditionally knit for babies and children by the women, men,→ Read more

Dec 14

Tinkuy, A Gathering of the Textile Arts in Peru

Last month, over 800 weavers, spinners, knitters, textile enthusiasts, and scholars attended Tinkuy, the third international gathering of textile artisans in Cusco, Peru. And what a gathering it was. Artisans came from near and far, from North to South America, from Europe to the Far East. The Center for Traditional→ Read more

Nov 09

A Cajun Recipe for Acadian Brown Cotton

You may think of dancing music and delicious food when you hear the word Cajun, but there is much more to this French-American cultural recipe. The spinning and weaving of natural brown cotton is what meshes the ingredients together. And it’s an amazing story of labor and love.→ Read more

Oct 26

Learning Handspinning High in the Andes

In a few weeks, I will be sitting with a group of Peruvian hand spinners at Tinkuy, A Gathering of the Textile Arts in Cusco, Peru, attempting once again to learn the traditional ways of Andean spinning. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve watched these women spin and did→ Read more

Aug 03

The Road to Secrets

Three years ago this fall I was in Oaxaca, getting ready to do a field trip with Eric Mindling for his book, Oaxaca Stories in Cloth. During the few days before we were scheduled to hit the road for the back country, the Museo Textil de Oaxaca, a wonderful institution→ Read more

Jun 08

Know Your Camelid For Spinning

The word Camelid may bring to mind the one and two humped camels that reside in Asia and China. But spinners, weavers and textile enthusiasts instead celebrate the humpy camel’s cousins – the alpaca, llama, guanaco and vicuña.→ Read more

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