Sunday, November 24, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving & Holiday Hours

A Happy Thanksgiving to One and All!
Note: Our Holiday Hours for the Remainder of 2013

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Edible Textiles / The New Reds

Common Thread has received several new handwoven 48" width cotton fabrics in tantalizing tones of red. These are all-purpose medium-weight plain weave fabrics, hand-loomed by textile artisans in Guatemala.

In addition to rich maroon and burgundy weaves, we have two new hues; burgundy with light orange weft, and red with white weft--a vintage classic, "chambray". The burgundy & orange fabric exudes an edible inner glow.. Visualize cinnamon with chile molido & caramelized brown sugar. 

Experience the warmth and vibrancy of these new colors and textures at Common Thread in Taos,NM..

Locally Designed: Churro Felt Panel, Silk Velvet Wearable Textile, Table Covering, Handloomed Fabric by the Yard
Left: Burgundy with Light Orange Weft / Right: Red with White Weft (Chambray)

Monday, October 21, 2013

Masks and Shadows

As the evening lengthens and shadows deepen
Leaves turning falling introspection

Join us at the John Dunn Shops for the 2013 Annual Halloween Ball!

Wednesday October 31 
3 pm till dark or so
Unusual customs and costumes !
An Assortment of Masks at Common Thread 
October Offerings

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Hand Carved, Textile Woodblocks / New Shipment

Common Thread has received another supply of wood printing blocks from India. Retired from duty, these masterfully carved woodblocks were used for printing patterns on textiles. In their worn condition, these vintage and semi-vintage blocks are also suitable for printing on paper, or imprinting in clay. Or, they are simply beautiful, as objects for decoration.

From Wikipedia: Woodblocks for textile printing may be made of box, lime, holly, sycamore, plane or pear wood, the latter three being most generally employed. See Article: "Woodblock Printing on Textiles"

Boteh (Paisley): A droplet-shaped vegetable motif 
Each woodblock is one-of-a-kind. An endless variety of design elements.

Friday, September 20, 2013

For Your Warmth & Enjoyment

Coming Sunday.. 

Soft lambswool scarves in a variety of colors & weaves. Some are vegetable dyed.

These lightweight scarves are handwoven by a women's economic cooperative in the foothills of the Himalayas..

Friday, September 13, 2013

Kantha Technique / Embroidered Silk Throws

Wear or Decorate with these fine quality double-faced vintage silks. Dense running stitches--also known as kantha--run the entire length, and create fringed ends. Richly printed. One of a kind. 

Approximately 40"x72"/ $48.50

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Visions of Río Grande

The geography we inhabit is defined by a Watershed. For those who live work and play in Northern New Mexico, the Watershed is, Río GrandeBig River. Source of life. 

Earth given; the Río Grande river system embodies history; flows into the future..

We welcome the recently established, Río Grande Del Norte National Monument. A vast and unique North American wilderness landscape is now protected.

"The Río Grande del Norte National Monument was established on March 25, 2013 by Presidential Proclamation. The monument includes approximately 242,500 acres of public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.  The landscape is comprised of rugged, wide open plains at an average elevation of 7,000 feet, dotted by volcanic cones, and cut by steep canyons with rivers tucked away in their depths.  The Río Grande carves an 800 foot deep gorge through layers of volcanic basalt flows and ash.  Among the volcanic cones in the Monument, Ute Mountain is the highest, reaching to 10,093 feet." 

We present fabrics that relate to our place and time along the Upper Río Grande. 

On The Río / Screen Print on Cotton by Terrie Hancock Mangat45" Wide / Vertical Repeat: 36"

A masterful/poetic design. A narrative depicting physical and cultural geography familiar to Taos, the Upper Río Grande Valley, and Sangre de Cristo Mountains.

On The Río Details / Hot Springs, Rafting, Basalt Boulders, & Rainbow Trout

NEW: Río Grande Stripe (window display) / Woven Cotton / 18" Wide / Handloomed in Guatemala 

A traditional Bands and Stripes pattern inspired by New Mexico regional history. 
See: Rio Grande Textiles / Compiled and Edited by Nora Fisher. (Background: Quilted Silk Sari)

Río Grande Stripe / White & Earth Colorway

Río Grande Stripe / Detail / Mustard Seed Weft

Source: Rio Grande Textiles / Museum of New Mexico Press

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Celebrate Whole Cloth / Simple Window Treatments

Why worry about folds and creases? Allow the fabric to speak for itself.

There are no hard & fast rules. Play!

Let it, watch it unravel..

Sunday, June 23, 2013

New Handloomed 18" Stripes

Pony Stripe, Poncho Stripe, Seco Stripe / 100% Cotton / Handloomed / ~10 oz / $14.95/yd
Seco Stripe / Persimmon

Jalisco Stripe in alternate color ways

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Spring into Summer >> Offerings at Common Thread

Cotton Kantha Quilted Scarves / Gudri Ralli

Lightweight Cotton Voile Bandhani Wraps

Wood Textile Printing Blocks