Huipils, Guatemala, Luck, and Love

A Textile Traveler's Guide to Guatemala

The other day, I read a terrific review of Deborah Chandler’s new book A Textile Traveler’s Guide to Guatemala in the Hawaii Handweavers’ Hui newsletter. It was more than a review, though, it was a recognition of Deborah’s expertise in Guatemalan textiles and her deep knowledge of Guatemala, its people and places. I have been a long-time […]

An Armchair Traveler Longs to Hit the Road

SilkWeaversLaos

I’ve been an armchair traveler these days. It started a few weeks ago when I waved good-bye, electronically, of course, to Maren Beck as she left for Xam Tai, Laos. She was off to lead a small group of textile enthusiasts through the hill tribe villages of Vietnam and Laos. Maren, co-author of Silk Weavers […]

Memories of Two Grey Hills and More

Two Grey Hills

Spider Woman’s Children author Lynda Pete has taken time from her demanding teaching and lecturing schedule to send us this moving story of sharing the first copies of Spider Woman with her family. You’ll love it. Thanks, Lynda, and welcome home! Thump, thump, thump, my weaving comb is singing to me as I beat down […]

What Happened in 2018

  Recently, Facebook showed me a little video it had produced to summarize the high points of my life in 2018. So thoughtful of them. They did manage to include some fun trips and moments with special friends, though they omitted a son’s wedding and a couple of other major milestones. Made me wonder what […]

Yours to Mine, Giving is Hand to Hand

Rug Money

“Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand, Mine to yours, yours to mine.” Alberto Ríos  Catarina spins with a touch that turns clouds into thread. Photo by Joe Coca from the book Traditional Weavers of Guatemala. It’s the gift-giving, and gift-finding, season. Enjoy the bounty of gifts so vivid in each of these […]

Ancestry and Traditions: National Native American Heritage Month

November is National Native American Heritage Month—a country-wide celebration of the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans. Thrums Books joins the Smithsonian, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Gallery of Art, the National Park Service, and other organizations in paying tribute to Native peoples. We’ve been celebrating the ancestry and traditions of […]

And the Winner Is . . .

Winner

We’ve been gallivanting around Morocco with Women Artisans of Morocco author Susan Schaefer Davis and a crew of amazing textile travelers, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been monitoring our big textile giveaway from afar. The lucky winner of the Thrums Books Peruvian Scarf Giveaway is Victoria Erker. Congratulations to Victoria who will receive Linda […]

Shetland Knitting–Echoes of Land and Color

While we are roaming the back roads of Morocco, we’ve asked Allison Korleski–ace knitter, textile traveler, and friend of Thrums Books–to share her recent travel adventures to the Shetland Islands. Thanks, Allison! Shetland has long had a hold on me. Decades before I knit, and certainly eons before murder mysteries featuring Jimmy Perez were part […]

Rosmery Pacheco’s Big Adventure

Respected

Publisher Linda Ligon and I have been on an action-packed book event journey in Minnesota and Wisconsin this week celebrating our new book Rug Money, its authors, and one of its talented young artists. Wednesday night we spent a delightful evening in the home of a Judith McGrann learning more about Rug Money and the […]

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