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Punto in Aria ("stitch in the air") is one of the most beautiful forms of needle-made lace. It is a elaboration of the Italian Reticella, another form of needle lace where threads were removed from the ground of the fabric and then lace was worked in the opening provided by... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at Handwork and The Craft
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Punto in Aria ("stitch in the air") is one of the most beautiful forms of needle-made lace. It is a elaboration of the Italian Reticella, another form of needle lace where threads were removed from the ground of the fabric... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at In the Labyrinth
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Since our move to Boulder, we have managed to get ourselves up into the mountains often -- and oh what mountains there are in the Front Range of the Rockies. Here is last Sunday atop Sugar Loaf, elevation 8,917 ft.... Continue reading
Posted 8 hours ago at In the Labyrinth
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I have respect for authors who manage to write incredible long, complicated sentences -- but with such consummate skill and daring that I inhale deeply and then read it aloud, trying to see if I can make it to the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
I saw your tweet about her and was planning to stop by and spend some time looking at her work. I admit, I have a fondness for the sorrowful, I think I trust it more than happiness (though I welcome it as well.)
Hi Marly, I totally agree with you as we seem to live in age when one is either "acceptable" or pick your favorite insult. There seems to be only a "present" and if you fail to represent in this moment, you are deemed unworthy. Yes, the old stories we need them more than ever.
This is a astonishing project by poet Jen Bervin, who travels to different countries to learn about the traditional methods of silk cultivation, from the trees to the spinning worms in their silky-sticky cocoons -- and then home again to see the remarkable cutting-edge technologies made with silk. Discovered to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Tucson's very old inner city neighborhood, The Barrio Viejo, has some of the best murals painted by residents over many years on the exterior of the houses. When my daughter and future husband were in town a number of years... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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I have had a number of skeins of Malabrigo Mechita fingering for a few years -- not sure what to do with it, but in love with the blue and purple colors of two of the skeins and the deep rusty fall colors of the third. Feeling pretty good about... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I finished the "sampler" piece out of the blur and white warp, and then decided to use up the rest of the warp for something straight forward -- a simple dish cloth. I rather like the way it turned out and it has me wanted to do a lot more... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
Hi Trish, thank you for your kind words about my blog! I am afraid I don't know much about any remaining untranslated stories from her collections. There are so many translations out there available from Surlalune's selections to the few that Jack Zipes references. I would say this however, that when it comes to reading in translation, there is a wide range of skill and emphasis in the translators. I have three separate translations of my father's poetry books from French to English -- and it is amazing to read the subtle differences in the text which reveal a lot about the translator's relationship to my father and his work. This is a long way of saying that new translations are always welcomed.
Here's another one of those mysterious family photographs -- this one of my maternal grandmother (the one in the back-left squinting from the smoke of her cigarette) sitting at a small table in an even smaller kitchen with a group... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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Here is a wonderful fiber arts artist, Dorie Millerson who uses the Italian Renaissance technique of "punto in aria" -- "stitch in the air" -- to produce amazing contemporary art pieces. The technique calls for laying down a heavier thread over a parchment design (that is laid down over a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I would absolutely knit shawls for chickens. They wear them well. Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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I have been knitting these little hats for my coming grand daughter because they knit up fast and I love the little trim of lace. But -- I was worried about the size, how would they fit her? So I went to the store and bought a grapefruit, put a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
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Here is an inspiring short film on master weaver and artist Ethel Stein, who passed away at the age of 100 years. Her career as a textile artist was long, and remarkable as she worked well into her nineties. In the short film below, it is so inspiring to watch... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Handwork and The Craft
I have to say I love the International Children's Digital Library as it offers digital copies (and we are talking some big files here!) of illustrated children's books -- many of them rare classics of the 19th century. I have... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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Here's a bit of lovely news -- the first review from PW for the new novel Except the Queen: "World Fantasy Award-winning Yolen (Dragon's Heart) teams up with Snyder (The Innamorati) to weave a magical tale. After Serana and Meteora... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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Random photo above of me in the blue anorak at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 1968....long story really. The one below is of my brother and I after we arrived home to Dar es Salaam, after 12 hours by... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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"Revision is just as important as any other part of writing and must be done con amore." --Evelyn Waugh Jane Yolen and I have just received our revision notes from our editor for the new novel Except the Queen. Not... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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I found these beauties sorting through yet another still-packed box in the garage. I was given these Mexican paper dolls when I was quite young and have fond memories of spending hours studying their regional costumes. One folded the arms... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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The new anthology, Troll's Eye View: A Book of Villianous Tales, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling is now out for the reading pleasure of your favorite middle grade scary-book reader. (My kids devoured all of Alvin Schwartz's wonderfully... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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Frank McIntosh is famous for his glorious art deco covers for Asia Magazine, which was popular from the 1920s to the 1940s. My mother had a collection of the magazines when she was younger -- and sliced off the covers... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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I am one of those ardent Luis Urrea fans who has been waiting impatiently for the sequel to his gorgeous novel The Hummingbird's Daughter -- and I was initially dismayed when I read on his blog that another novel had... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth
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The pleasure of unpacking in a rented house is deciding once and for all to unpack everything, knowing that in due time, one will be moving again. So there is a desire on my part to organize and winnow everything... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2018 at In the Labyrinth