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Red Threads & the Feast of the Annunciation

As a scholar of literature, I find rich meaning in Mary's engagement with her Book, but I can't help mourn the disappearance of the spindle. While Mary's reading calls our minds to the invisible work of the Spirit as we hear the Word, her spindle affirms that the Incarnation transforms the daily work of our hands into worship -- work with eternal consequences.

pattern review · studio projects

Beeswax Food Wraps

Each participant took home four wraps, with a supply cost under $5 for each set. Considering that commercial beeswax wraps can cost $18 for a set of three, it was well worth the time it took to make them. And when add the quality time we spent together, we gained far more than we spent. 

poetry · quotations · textiles in literature

Texts & Textiles: A Celtic Blessing for the Lambs

I've posted before about the Carmina Gadelica, a wonderful collection of folk prayers and blessings from Scotland. Today, as spring visits Texas, it seemed right to offer one of the Carmina's prayers for flocks, especially the sheep, whose wool is so beautiful and useful. The sheep with their lambs, like so many animals and plants,… Continue reading Texts & Textiles: A Celtic Blessing for the Lambs

history & philosophy · quilting · sewing

Texts & Textiles: Utility Quilts

I found this wonderful line in a book on Mary Lee Bendolph and the Gee's Bend quilts. Like the improvisational nature of utility quilts themselves, this quote captures the tension between wanting to create something beautiful and craftsmanlike, while bearing the burden of urgent family and work needs. Where do you feel this tension? What… Continue reading Texts & Textiles: Utility Quilts

Bible study · quotations · textiles in literature

Texts & Textiles: The Parable of the Old & New Garments

The first parable recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke is that of the new patch on the old garment. I was surprised to see that it was first, but it makes sense: Jesus takes a situation perfectly familiar to his audience--the need to mend a worn garment--and uses it to reveal something mysterious about the kingdom of heaven.