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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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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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Road Trip: New York City Garment District

Alanna Nelson visits Manhattan's Garment District

As one who loves to sew, modify and customize her wardrobe, my years near Milan were fantastically fun and inspiring. Italian shop windows tickled my senses. Creative dressers of all ages strutted, strolled and sped down streets. Factory outlet stores in Milan’s hinterland enabled me to purchase fabrics otherwise prohibitively expensive. My beloved Fumagalli Tessuti in […]

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Knit, Sew, Go to NOLA

IMHO, Tactile Travel tours did a great job of showing people the textile side of life.  Of course, we ate and drank well, we traveled off the beaten track. In my mind, the vendors, museums and artisans who work with yarn, fabric and fiber gave Tactile Travel tours an experience that was difficult to achieve […]

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A Sip of New Orleans

Kicking back with a cranberry spritzer, attempting to detox and warm up back in New England’s chilly spring, I  realize that my NOLA sejour yielded a comparative analysis of Bloody Marys and a magnificent trove of textile finds.  Not bad for 4 days!  My pre trip planning paid off. Wandering aimlessly the first night, my hub, sister […]

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New Bedford for Textile Lovers

One sunny autumn Saturday, Adrienne Sloane  and I went rope shopping a couple years back.  Unfortunately for us, the rope place was closed on weekends, but historic New Bedford was just a few miles down the road.  It was one of those places always on my hit list.  Let’s face it, there are plenty of New […]

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New England Quilt Museum: SAQA Masters II

Winter is a brighter place when Lowell’s New England Quilt Museum puts up its new exhibit. This time, the brightness comes from members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA).  Curated by Martha Sielman, “Masters: Art Quilts 2” features work of 34 quilters from the US and around the world (including Italian Daniela Dancelli).  Martha gave a […]

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Love Textiles? Don’t Miss these 5 Italian Museums

There are those of us who frame their travels with food and textiles.  Is there any better way to experience a new place or culture?  “Of course not,” I say. Most people can totally relate to food travel.  Textiles is definitely a smaller subset of the population.  “Why oh why,” I thunder? Lest we forget […]

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