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Tactile Travels to Athens, OH

“Where,” you may ask? “Athens, Greece? Athens, Georgia?” Actually, it’s Athens, Ohio, home of the biennial Quilt National , home of Ohio University, a lovely county seat perched on the edge of the Hocking River, just a stone’s throw from West Virginia. Daydreams of visiting the juried art quilt exhibit wafted into my consciousness every other […]

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March 8, International People Day

If you’re female, drop in at your Italian neighborhood bar for an espresso today, March 8 and your barista just may garnish your saucer with a sprig of mimosa blossoms. It’s just one of the traditional gestures used to celebrate International Women’s Day. Kind greetings, bouquets and dinners out with your female family and friends mark this […]

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Silk and Emilio Pucci Exhibit

Emilio Pucci’s love of color  warms my heart. But I really knew very little about the designer and his legacy. So what a delight to view his early work in a beautifully curated exhibit in Como. Knowing only his large scale energetic prints, a guided tour provided by Giorgio, (an alum of Como’s Silk School) at […]

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Jazz Brunch Cruise of Salem Harbor

Daylight. Warmth. Shaking it up! That’s what summer’s all about. In my case, water reigns as an essential summer element. So when Mahi Cruises sent out a discount coupon for a Sunday brunch cruise as the first rays of summer pierced my still chilled bones, you bet we jumped! I’m sitting on the upper deck […]

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Saturday Spring Stroll in Milan

Tactile Travels Milano shopping

As a long weekend looms over Europe (and Massachusetts!), getting out of Dodge seems so enticing. Whether you’re traveling around the globe or to the end of the commuter rail line, shake it up this weekend. It’s a wonderful time to remove those hibernation cobwebs. Saturday afternoon strolls are an institution throughout Italy. Last Saturday […]

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Miss at your peril: Boston MFA’s “Quilts and Color”

Tactile Travel quilts MFA Pilgrim Roy collection

I may never go to a quilt show again. Carefully selected and beautifully curated, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston exhibit “Quilts and Color” runs from April 6 to July 27, 2014.  Featuring an excerpt of the Pilgrim Roy collection and the MFA treasure trove, this exhibit is a far cry from the cramped, poorly lit, creatively […]

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Knit around the world at FiberCamp

FiberCamp Boston 2014

Drifting back down to reality after the Common Cod Fiber Guild FiberCamp, it occurs to me that I virtually experienced knitwear traditions from around North America and Europe this weekend! The world is a marvelous place, no? It all began with Julia Farwell-Clay’s talk on Cowichan Sweaters Friday night. Touchdown in the Pacific Northwest, with […]

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What Rome taught me about cold winters

Tactile Travels to Italy street markets

As a hardy native of the American Midwest, sub zero temperatures are nothing new to me. While never considering it unusual, I’ve huddled near the heat vent when my poorly insulated childhood home struggled to top 62F. felt icicles form inside my nostrils, gasping as cold air sucks moisture from my body. brought my car […]

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Weaving Velvet in Florence: Fondazione Lisio

I posted this on my Google + page a while back and just realized I never shared it here! You weavers know how much work it is to set up a loom. This video is magnificent. The Fondazione Lisio is one of the premier sources of Italian textile history and skill building. Enjoy!

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2014: Wishes of Woolgathering

Tactile Travel creative journeys

Woolgathering   indulgence in idle fancies and in daydreaming; absentmindedness. dreamy in mood or nature; “a woolgathering moment” Christine shared this with our Wednesday night knitting group.  What a perfect antidote to all of the goal setting and holiday moments. Best wishes for a creative and joyful 2014!

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