A Morality of Cloth

for Linda and Deborah Old friends corresponding in two languages amusingly mistake the word morals (those particular values of right and wrong) with morrales (those lovely bags of Mesoamerica). One writes: “Would that we could create morals from strong thread and skilled hands.” But what could be more moral than thread spun in memory of ancestors, […]

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 […]

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 […]

A Winning Tradition

Winning Tradition

Exactly one year ago, after learning that two Thrums Books publications had won Benjamin Franklin Book Awards given by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), I wrote, “It’s an honor, and fun, to have the fancy gold and silver stickers and the nifty crystal trophies. But it is the richness of our connection to the artisans whose stories we […]

BY LAND AND BY SEA

Land and Sea

Being land-locked here in Colorado in late winter has given me a serious case of wanderlust. Not that we’ve had a brutal winter, it’s actually been mild and sunny here of late. It probably has more to do with the fact that much of Linda’s days and mine are spent working on books about textile […]

Do You Like My Hat?

Pussy Hats

Go Dog, Go by P.D. Eastman was a strong favorite for bedtime reading in my family a generation back (that is, when my kids were little). The girl dog and boy dog keep crossing paths, and she always asks, “Do you like my hat?” And he always answers (except at the very end), “No, I […]

Diamonds Are Forever

DiamondsAreForever

“Always keep a diamond in your mind.” —Tom Waits Spiraling In reading our friend Janet deBoer’s most recent Fibre Forum E-bulletin,  I learned about Spiral Textile: Ancient Design–Modern Hands. This is a juried competition challenging textile artists from around the world to produce a repeating spiral design that was drawn on an ancient papyrus. The drawing […]

Weaving The World

Weaving Worlds

A few nights ago, Linda Ligon, Deborah Chandler—who’s visiting from her home in Guatemala—and I found our way to the Indigenous Film and Arts Festival in Denver. The January feature was Weaving Worlds, a 2007 documentary by Navajo filmmaker Bennie Klain. Weaving Worlds records the lives of several Navajo weavers and their struggles to maintain […]

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 […]

Giving is Hand to Hand

“Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand, Mine to yours, yours to mine.” Alberto Ríos Give the Gift of Celebration  The Gift Of Discovery The Gift Of Tradition The Gift Of Heart The Gift Of Wonder Photo by Joe Coca from Maya Threads. The Gift Of Joy The Gift of Generations The Gift […]

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