Archive for October, 2008

Sheila Hicks exhibit – last call
October 26, 2008

Sheila Hicks is one of the innovators who revolutionized fiber art in the 1960s. She did large, commissioned projects and designed upholstery fabric for the Knoll furniture company, but always wove miniatures on a handmade frame loom that she carried with her.

The Bard Graduate Center in NYC had a wonderful retrospective exhibition of Ms. Hicks’s work in 2006, and now twenty of her small weavings can be seen at Davis and Langdale Company in NYC, but only until 11/8. For more information, visit

2008 Weave of the week #13: Boo! and Meeeow
October 25, 2008

Woven navy cats

Doublewoven cats

A whimsical worsted doublecloth, with cats. See my Gallery page for the reverse side. Happy Halloween!

2008 Weave of the week #12: Trendy tartans
October 18, 2008

Macinnes Red tartan

Macinnes Red tartan

When I worked in the textile industry, tartan plaid reference books were important design tools because Scottish tartan plaid fabrics were perennials, especially for children’s wear. We re-colored, simplified, enlarged, reduced, and brushed them to make them look “new.”

And now the Clan tartan patterns — which were developed in the Scottish Highlands centuries ago, when weavers kept track of the numbers and colors of the threads on pieces of wood — are a “trend”!

The New York Times’ Men’s Fashion Fall 2008 magazine shows a collection of classic tartan neckties, including skinny ones by Dolce and Gabbana and fringed ones by Hermès. Trend forecasting magazine Textile View calls tartan plaids “an essential colour vehicle for the (2009) season,” and super-cool German design company e15 is marketing a stunning collection of colorful tartan plaid pillows.

This chain of tartan free-associations started because I am looking forward to seeing “Black Watch,” an acclaimed play presented by the National Theater of Scotland about the Black Watch regiment in Iraq, next month.