A book to study—in my spare time

imageThere’s not much worthy of writing about around here lately. One of my organization tasks was to go through a stack of magazines and tear out anything I considered important. Amazing how a stack of a couple of feet can become a pile of 2 inches! The other task that I’m working on is my tax return. The next few days will be dedicated to that, along with the continuing stirring of dye pots. I thought the dyeing was complete, but two more batches are in order. Those skeins of yarn are so wonderful all lined up on the drying rack! Makes me smile! A panoramic picture of the colorful skeins will be in my next newsletter. Sign up either on my Facebook page or on my website, if you’re interested. I promise—it only comes out two or three times a year!

Now for the best part of my day, and it’s even related to weaving. A totally unexpected package arrived on my doorstep today from my son. Inside was the book above.

Here’s a quote from Amazon about the book’s author, Joe Ben Wheat:

During much of his career, anthropologist Joe Ben Wheat (1916-1997) earned a reputation as a preeminent authority on southwestern and plains prehistory. Beginning in 1972, he turned his scientific methods and considerable talents to historical questions as well. He visited dozens of museums to study thousands of nineteenth-century textiles, oversaw chemical tests of dyes from hundreds of yarns, and sought out obscure archives to research the material and documentary basis for textile development. His goal was to establish a key for southwestern textile identification based on the traits that distinguish the Pueblo, Navajo, and Spanish American blanket weaving traditions—and thereby provide a better way of identifying and dating pieces of unknown origin.

Read more about the book here. From the brief perusal of its pages, besides the beautiful pictures, there are copies of scholarly notes about different cultures and their weaving. I’m looking forward to studying this more, a little bit at a time. As it’s such a heavy book, that study will probably take place at a table.

Another surprise today was a large envelope from my daughter-in-law. Back in January, some of Tina’s work was featured in the banner of an article on their gallery night. The picture used is here. It’s worth looking at her Facebook page just to see the banner. Beautiful!

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