Christina Garton

Bulgarian Kukeri

I wanted to take a moment to break up the usual holiday routine and talk about Bulgarian kukeri, a textile-rich tradition going back thousands of years.

A Brief History of Harvesting Spider Silk

If you’ve ever looked at a spider’s web and wondered what it would be like to work with such a fiber, you’re not alone.

Stitching in Solitude: Medieval Anchoresses and Nuns

During the Middle Ages, anchoresses and nuns were women who secluded themselves from the rest of society and, often, spent some of their time on handwork.

Shirt Points, Cravats, and Stocks: Men’s Fashion of the Regency Era

Turns out there's a whole lot of starch involved in the art of being fashionable.

How to Safely Store (Most) Textiles: Part 3

Learn how to safely store your textiles and how to combat the three enemies of cloth.

How to Store (Most) Textiles Safely: Part 2

Cleaning textiles is important before storing them—but only if it can be done safely.

Safe Storage: Protecting Historic Needlework at Home

Keeping your textile collection safe starts with storing items away from light, potential water damage, and pests. However, this isn’t enough when it comes to delicate, antique, or heirloom cloth. Here are two of the most important things to know.

Ticking: From Humble Origins to High Society

How did ticking go from utilitarian fabric to desirable design element? Christina has the scoop.

Speaking Up in Public While Female: Suffragettes in Britain

On August 26, 1920, the Nineteenth Amendment became law, and American women received universal suffrage. British women would not receive universal suffrage until July 2, 1928, when the Equal Franchise Act became law.

How to Safely Store (Most) Textiles: Part 1

Learn tips and techniques to help you properly store extra-special textiles.