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February 4, 2018

A complete surprise for us was what we found UNDER Christ Church cathedral....

There is a huge crypt

And then we saw this:

Costumes from The Tudors show 

This is in St Patrick's cathedral 

The Archeolgy museum has a Viking costume but it was too dark for this phone camera. However, here are some ancient wea...

February 2, 2018

The National Museums of Ireland are free of charge, including the Decorative Arts and History museum. We visited only a small part of their extensive collections and soon enjoyed a good lunch in the museum cafe. But let the show begin...

For over 250 years, both men and women wore special types of under...

January 30, 2018

If you are passing through San Francisco's international terminal A, there is a colorful textile exhibition for you.

Both garments and looms are on display.

Rich colors woven in traditional Mayan patterns 

Traditions that are very much alive

November 6, 2017

(Adding a brief video)

I trust you'll find images of the International Quilt Festival (IQF) prize winners on the internet. Here is a more personal view of the contrasts: the sleek skyline and kids playing in water.

It's the 4th of November, hot and humid. The children are having "summer fun" while right...

October 1, 2017

It seems an almost shocking coincidence that the first artist -who deeply caught my attention at the current Biennale in Venice- was Maria Lai; she was born on September 27, 1919 in Ulassai and died on April 16, 2013 in Cardedu, both in Sardegna (East coast).

Why shocking? - Because for a few...

September 18, 2017

Before going I thought of seeking out and sharing ALL fiber works but I'm happy to say there are too many for this short blog.

Starting with the installation by Sheila Hicks in an area called "Pavilion of Color": Yes, her colored fiber attracts, invites you in; you look closer, walking back and force: y...

June 27, 2017

Would like to share a couple of details from my recent visit to ancient Locri. It's so far off the beaten track that our GPS couldn't find the small museum and large archeological area. But we found it anyway along SS 106. Have a look at the "big toe" of Southern Italy.

Locri was founded by the ancient...

May 28, 2017

That's it! - Is it?

If you look at four previous blog posts, you can follow my journey of painting and stitching art quilts plein-air.

The fun continued in the airport and during the trip home. Added lots and lots of French Knots and other details. The aim? - To integrate the individual small quilts into...

May 15, 2017

Despite all the attractions of Paris, or maybe because of them, I have been spending part of the day painting and stitching. 

My pleine-air experiments produced a few small art quilts, mainly 12 x 12".  

A few of them seemed to jump on a black-and-white calico that I purchased here.  

What do you think? -...

May 11, 2017

We had talked about a little visit to Versailles, just to find out there's nothing "little " about the chateau or palace. Anyway, I'd like to share a couple of details for textile lovers from the two smaller garden palaces: the Grand Trianon and the Petit Trianon.

The embroidery or tapestry frame from t...

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