Beverly Gordon

A Most Valuable Fabric: Crepe Paper in the Early Twentieth Century

Crepe paper struck an immediate chord with the buying public. The novelty effects and brilliant hues were tantalizing.

Carrying and Protecting Little Ones: Native American Cradleboards

Busy parents around the globe have found different ways to keep babies protected—physically and spiritually. Read about the stunning cradleboards that were created in several native North American traditions to swaddle and secure.

Deep-Seated Associations: Textile Threads in Language, Myths, Fairy Tales, and Novels

Stories that feature the primacy of textiles and the way they are connected with women are quite ancient. Our language is full of metaphors that demonstrate these deep, primal associations.

The Push-Pull of Doilies: Revered, Reviled, and Reconceived

Unlike quilts and other large textiles that are typically treated as important heirlooms, doilies are generally thought of as impractical “dust-collectors” made by fussy old women who had little to do with their time.