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#63 Living Crafts Centre, Lao Textile Design

A quote from the Centre's  website: "Everyone is welcome at our centre. Set in a tropical Mekong garden it opens doors to learning about Lao textiles and crafts. Bringing alive our concept of east meets west, the LCC is a place where you can meet silk weavers, craft artisans and silkworms and learn about textiles and take classes. We welcome you to join a free guided tour, sign up for a class, eat delicious Lao food, or just relax by the riverside with a book and a drink."

We have two links for you, today. First, a link to a nice post by Tracy Hudson, showing Lao cotton being processed by very simple, handmade, machines at the Centre.

Second, a link to the centre's overall website. 

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from the Centre's webpage.

#62 Challenges of Design Collaboration

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The first link for today's post will take you to the Cloth Roads site, where you'll see the events surrounding Bonie Shupe's trip to collaborate with artisans. Bonie says: "I came to Cusco, Peru, to gain one-on-one experience working directly with artisans and NGO's. What I didn't anticipate was how much opportunity and learning was to come." Click here.

After reading her narrative, you may to tempted to think that the practice of one culture suggesting style and color to artisans in another culture is unique to our time.

Not so. Read this next post from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

It's a beatiful fall day here in Lafayette Indiana. We hope your day goes well, wherever you are.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from the Metropolitan webpage.

#61 Cool Blogs/websites 9.19.2013

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Susan Harvey authors a great blog of interesting posts, named Thrums

An outstanding feature is the way she has 46 links to her previous posts, organized by these categories:

Special Techniques and Finishing
Loom Mechanics
Yarns and Such
Cloth Effects
Special Projects and Publications

We think you'll really enjoy the Thrums blog!

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog page.

#60 What is a Lucet?

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Wikipedia says: "lucet is a tool used in cordmaking or braiding which is believed to date back to the Viking[1] and Medieval[2] periods, when it was used to create cords that were used on clothing,…"

Here's an introductory YouTube video to let you see the lucet in action.

So that you can kinda analyze the similarity/difference with Kumihimo braid making, here's another YouTube video showing a Kumihimo disk in action. 

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from the wikipedia webpage.

#59 Cool Blogs/websites 9.14.2013 (contin. series)

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Beautiful Telemark Belts

Robbie LaFleur, author of the Bound to Weave blog, visited a county in Norway, named Telemark, and posted this delightful article

Likewise, if you're interested in a contemporary adaptation of Icelandic Rya Knots, you will find this additional link excellent!

Be sure to click on all the posted pictures to enlarge them.

Here's a link to Telemark's travel site

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from her webpage.

#58 Cool Blogs/Websites 9.10.2013 (in the continuing series…)

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Here's a blog written by Cally Booker, on the east coast of Scotland.

She has written for the Complex Weavers Journal, WeaveZine, WeaveCast, and many others.
We find her fabric pictures well-done, and her commentaries pleasantly humorus and 

Here's a link to her Sep 9th post.

And… For those of you readers who teach weaving , look at her "Taster" classes, under the Classes tab.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from her webpage.

#57 Harrisville NH Textile History


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Harrisville's textile tradition dates to 1794: A  National Historic Landmark building with a  l-o-n-g  history .
As Daryl Lancaster recently wrote in her blog: "
My last venue of the summer was at the most perfect setting, Harrisville, NH, home of Harrisville Designs, yes, that Harrisville, spinner of fantastic wool and maker of really lovely serviceable and portable floor looms.  Just being in a historic landmark, the entire village is the last remaining intact mill town in the country brought a sense of tradition and inspiration.
...Here's the history link .

They offer 100% virgin wool yarns, both Shetland and Highland - in 64 colors - as well as looms, kits and accessories.

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-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot  thumbnails, above, are cuts from their webpage.

#56 Cool Blogs/Websites 9.04.2013 (in the continuing series…)

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Finding neat weaving websites is all about serendipity.

Stumbled on to this one today. Nice, friendly feel.
The first link we're sending is from last July, because it has a GREAT scarf shown. She calls it Scarf of Many Tails.

Interestlingly, a comment by a reader -that it reminded her of Saori- seems to have taken her interest, because later in the blog you'll find a post called Adventure in Saori. Next, you'll find One of a Kind.
If you're more traditional in your "scarf tastes," Try her First Project Completed

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnails, above, are cuts from her blog.

#55 Scandinavian Folklore Photo-Books

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Given Dorothy's Norwegian heritage, we thought you might like to know about these superb books by author/photographer/publisher Laila Dura'n.

Here's a quick introduction to the breadth of the author's work… the 2012 highlights of her Scandanavian journey while photographing these fascinating woven costumes. 

There are many, many delightful categories on her blog. Take some time to wander around the blog archives! Click here.

-From D&R in beautiful W. Lafayette IN

The screenshot thumbnail, above, is a cut from her blog.

© Dorothy & Ron Baker 2013