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top picture …man acts as swift as woman knits, 1817….
what is a ‘swift’ ? :

A swift is a tool used to hold a hank of yarn while it is being wound off. It has an adjustable diameter so that it can hold hanks of many sizes, and rotates around a central rod.They are generally made out of wood or metal, however other materials may also be used. In the 18th and 19th centuries, swifts were sometimes made of whale ivory and they are now sought-after antiques. Swifts are not used very much in the textile industry, but are used more by knitters and crocheters who buy their yarn in hank form. The swift allows for easy balling, without the yarn getting tangled and knotted.”  ~wikipedia

similarly, & for the same purpose, to make sure the yarn or fiber doesn’t become tangled, are the ‘spinner’s weasel’ (shown above) & the ‘niddy noddy’ (shown above & in ‘madonna of the yarnwinder’) …


Glamour Shots for Goat-Rob MacInnis’s series “Farm Family”

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Make it Happen:
A Rope Necklace, Three Ways

Of course, we love our moms to pieces, but dads occupy a very particular place in… >

Make it Happen: A Rope Necklace, Three Ways

Sultry summer days call for effortless outfitting: think slip dresses, strappy sandals and one fabulous…


Eye ©azumisakata

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 faig ahmeds Embroidered Art 

When you think of traditional carpets from Azerbaijan, the thought of contemporary art does not quickly spring to mind… but these beautiful, and modern works will change that. Faiq Ahmed, a native of the Eurasian nation, has taken his countries old-school art form and brought it beautifully into the current era, deconstructing the ancient process of weaving and adapting it to todays contemporary art forms.

Oh….Oh, my.

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This one was quite fun to do. Thank you again to everyone who was with me in the stream! :)

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