Musings on Old Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot

Zig Zag SquaresDyed with cochineal, madder, indigo

A friend gifted me with some old Shuttle, Spindle, & Dyepot magazines from the 80s.  It’s been very interesting looking through these issues.  Besides the outdated look of the models and the use of thick yarns in their clothing, there are some gems buried in the pages.  I have been surprised at how many articles on natural dyeing there are.  Some seem to be a series by the guru of natural dyeing, Jim Liles.  The other astounding thing, at least to me, is the number of articles on tapestry and the inclusion of so many works of tapestry in the section that is called Fiberscene.  Since I am presenting a program to the Dallas guild on Natural Dyes, it was with great interest that I read these various articles in the magazines, and tapestry is always interesting to me.   And then there’s all the people—I wonder what happened to them, where they are now. More on that later… Right now, it’s time for a fire in the stove and weaving.

 

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