Thinking of Guatemala

Ixchel

Tomorrow, Thrums Books’ photographer Joe Coca and I are flying to Guatemala where we’ll wend our way to rainy Panajachel. Yes, we’re working on another book! It’s hard to keep track, isn’t it? Morocco, China, the Navajo Nation, Guatemala. We’re covering all the textile bases. For this month’s featured textile museum it seemed fitting, given […]

Hands That Tell the Story

HandTellsStory

Navajo weaver Irene Clark sits before her loom, her fingers gently weaving weft through warp, beating the thread with a comb that belonged to her mother. As she shares her life with us, pointing to photographs of rugs she’s woven over the decades, piles of wool dyed with lichen and sage, battens made by her […]

China, Indigo, Textiles, and Eventually, a Book

Indigo

I’ve been told by a revered marketing guru that it’s not a good idea to write about a book a year and a half before it’s published, and before it even has a title. So I’m not going to write about that book which has no name. But I must share a slice of the […]

Best Places on Earth

Earth Day

“There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature–the assurance that dawn comes after night and spring after winter. ” Rachel Carson In celebration of Earth Day, we wanted to share some of our favorite places on earth—and some of our favorite people in those places. People who know the infinitely healing refrains of […]

Old Year, New Year, and a Whole Lot of Gratitude

Old year New Year

Old Year 2016 was a wonderful year for Thrums Books. Two of our books won Gold (Maya Threads) and Silver (Traditional Weavers of Guatemala) medals in the Multicultural category of the Benjamin Franklin Awards given by the Independent Book Publishers Association. We attended the always informative and inspiring Weave a Real Peace conference in Santa Fe in […]

Laughing it Off

laughingitoff

Sometimes you just have to laugh. Sometimes you leave all thoughts of “political correctness,” of propriety, of good manners behind and just let it bubble up. Laughter is universal. People laugh at themselves, their foibles, each other, their fate, the universe. Take this traditional Quechua riddle recorded in Weaving in the Peruvian Highlands: Dreaming Patterns, […]

A World of Blue

Peru Indigo

It was pretty blue at the Textile Society of America Symposium a couple of weeks ago, indigo blue. There was the indigo dye workshop on Ossabaw Island and a tour of its indigo history, an indigo art exhibition, and Catharine Ellis and Rowland Ricketts each chaired different sessions called “Indigo and Beyond” offering seven different presentations related to […]

Sisters from Different Mothers

TraditionalWeavers

Here’s a funny thing. Back in 2014, I was sitting at my desk deep into working on Deborah Chandler and Teresa Cordon’s book, Traditional Weavers of Guatemala, when I got an email. It was from Marilyn Anderson, a well-known and well-loved scholar of Guatemalan textiles who had lived in that country for decades, studying the […]

The Long Thread

Symmetry

I’ve been reading a terrific book called I Contain Multitudes about microbes and their pervasive role in all of creation, not to mention my own gut. So a recent story in the New York Times immediately caught my eye: “Could Ancient Remedies Hold the Answer to the Looming Antibiotic Crisis?” As I dug into the story, […]

We’ve Got You Covered

Judging a Book Linda and I were at Publisher’s Summit last week in Chicago presented by the fine folks at Independent Publishers Group, the distributor of Thrums Books. It was a great time to visit with the wonderful people who help deliver our books into the world and to meet up with other publishers who care […]

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