Christina Garton

Christina Garton is the Associate Editor of Handwoven magazine.


Wearing Socks with Sandals in Ancient Egypt

Take at trip back in time as we look at ancient fashion for the feet.

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.

Stitching in Solitude: Women Homesteaders

In light of current events, I’ve found my mind turning to “Little House in the Big Woods” by Laura Ingalls Wilder. In the book, Laura and her family sewed and embroidered, alone in their home, carefully mending clothes and creating small items of beauty.

Protect Your Jaws from Septic Paws: Making Masks During the Spanish Flu

During the Spanish flu pandemic, countless women (and presumably some men) worked together to sew tens of thousands of masks.

Woad and the Invention of Blue

Once upon a time, people had no concept of the color blue.

The Truth About Togas

To many people, togas are synonymous with ancient Greece. The only problem? Togas aren’t Greek.

The Myth of the Aran Sweater

Through the years, the Aran sweater has developed quite the romantic backstory involving ancient family knitting patterns and shipwrecks.

Lice and the History of Textiles

While lice aren't normally thought of as helpful, scientists have used lice to learn more about human history and, more specifically, the invention of clothing.

The Oldest Fabric in North America

Because fabric deteriorates so easily, it doesn’t stand the test of time the way metal or stone artifacts might, so when archaeologists find even small bits of ancient fabric, it’s a big deal.