A chance encounter that gave us a chance.

  THE TIME COMES, FORTUNE TURNS (Shí lái yùn zhuǎn) It was a chance encounter, my first meeting with Wang Jun. Joe [...]

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A Mother’s Gift

Teaching textile traditions is a gift mothers pass to their children generation after generation. Whether in Mexico or Morocco, Afghanistan or Laos, [...]

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Semana Santa

Semana Santa, Holy Week, the week before Easter, is a time of amazement and passion in Latin America. I’ve had the good [...]

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In the Twinkling of an Eye

Almost 36 years ago, National Geographic magazine published an issue with Steve McCurry’s photo of a young Afghan woman on the cover. [...]

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FOUR FREE PDF EBOOKS

IMAGINE BEING A SQUIRREL!

Your world would be all blue and yellow. Or a dog: add violet to your palette. Now imagine being Keith Recker, author of True Colors: World Masters of Natural Dyes and Pigments. Suddenly you can see not only the vast spectrum and the uncountable hues that make our world such a rich and mysterious place, but you would also be hearing, smelling, tasting them. Such is the world of the synesthete. Keith has created a new eBook entitled “Speaking in Color,” that we are thrilled to provide to you for FREE

Join Keith as he explores the history and cultural meaning to be found in each of the hues of the rainbow and beyond. Have a favorite color? Read all about it. Prepare to be fascinated.

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FREE NAVAJO WEAVING EBOOK

As we prepare to launch an important new book, How To Weave a Navajo Rug and Other Lessons from Spider Woman, we’d like to share some of the deep knowledge that has made Navajo weaving an enduring treasure. Fifth-generation weavers Lynda Teller Pete and Barbara Teller Ornelas have dug deep into the history of the Diné and of their own family and generously shared not only their weaving know-how, but also the life lessons that give it enduring value. If you never set up a four-selvedge warp, if you never spin yarn on a lap spindle—we know you will feel the truth in this FREE EXCERPT and know how to apply it to your own life and work.

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COLOR THEM! STITCH THEM!

We’ve collected a few patterns from The Secret Language of Miao Embroidery, and offer them here FOR FREE for you to ponder and enjoy. You can use them for your own embroidery. You can use them for reverse applique. Or our favorite use in these stressful times, just print them out, get out your markers, and color them!

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FREE CAST-ON PATTERN + A BONUS TECHNIQUE: ANDEAN MIRROR KNITTING

The content in the free download had been carefully selected from the bestselling book by Nilda Callañaupa Alvarez, Secrets of Spinning, Weaving & Knitting in the Peruvian Highlands. We’re delighted to be able to share this sample content for free and hope you’ll consider purchasing the entire book and helping support our mission.

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FROM THE BLOG

How An Aretha Franklin Impersonator Altered the Trajectory of My Life

How can an Aretha Franklin impersonator, a mudslide in Guatemala, rug hooking, and a new [...]

Reader’s Choice

  When I was working on Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands back in 2007, author Nilda Callañaupa [...]

Telling a Book By Its Cover

You can’t really tell a book by its cover, of course, but you can tell [...]

The Name Game, or The Road to Marrakesh

What’s in a Name? Naming books is hard. I think it used to be easier, [...]

A Book and Its Cover

I’m just curious. When you pick up a new book, do you read the foreword, [...]

Our Own Private World Wide Web

If life hadn’t taken an unexpected pivot, we would be in China right now with [...]

Sticker Shock

When I heard that Faces of Tradition was a finalist for a Benjamin Franklin award, [...]

Celebrating Textiles in Mexico— Having Fun and Working Hard

Sheri Brautigam is a woman who seems to have perfected the balance between having fun [...]