Tag Archives: textiles

Bundles of Energy

Some countries in Africa have barred the importing of used garments because they were destroying local textile industries. Its crazy to think that our cast offs could have greater value to other people than new things in tier own culture. Positively Purging-I welcome … Continue reading

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Evaluating Upholsterers

What are the right questions to ask when evaluating upholsterers? A: The best place to start is seeing their work. Ask if they repair foundations such as springs and webbing. Ask if they apply new fiber and foam, and if … Continue reading

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Mini Makeover: Rug Edition

Q: What kind of rug should I get for my indoor entryway? It needs to be attractive and able to handle children’s messes, mud and more. Is an outdoor rug tacky, and are there materials or patterns to avoid? A: Wool rugs … Continue reading

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The Quilt

At the beginning of the pandemic, when commercial masks were unavailable to many essential workers, my daughter and I got out our sewing machines, aiming to help. Using nothing but scraps and leftover fabrics from prior projects (some pieces were as … Continue reading

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The Bright Colors He Favored’

We stood in our grandfather’s closet, five granddaughters taking in his treasures. Time advanced through the neat rows: Skinny ties replacing wider versions, oversized frames replacing sleeker ones. At the funeral we tied his silk scarves in our hair, around … Continue reading

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