Sunday, October 11, 2015

Autumn Gathering / A Batch Of Woolens

 For Your Perusal: 
Vintage Peruvian Manta Pillows / 20"x20"

Cross-Body Bag (Mexico) / Baby Alpaca Poncho (Peru)
Woven Alpaca Scarves and Throws / Soft-as-silk 
Handmade Gift Paper
Medley of Goodies: Pom-Pom Garlands, Beeswax Candles, Temple Bells, Felted Wool, Shiny Ribbon, Colorful Textiles.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Back To Earthen Delights

Hand-Dye / Silk & Silk-Cotton Wraps
Gradation Studies

New Lana Dura / Felted Churro / Wool Runners & Saddle Blankets! / Don't Miss The Taos Wool Festival / October 3rd & 4th, 2015 / Sponsored By The Mountain And Valley Wool Association

All Natural Colors With Feathered Edges
One-Of-A-Kind Art Piece / Approx. 16" x 48"
3/8" Sturdy Saddle Blanket / 34" x 40" / Stitched Edge

Monday, August 17, 2015

Fresh from Peru / Heirloom Blankets & Floor Coverings

Common Thread has just received a dozen or so one-of-a-kind heirloom Peruvian mantas. Roughly 5x5--más o menos--these handloomed 100% wool and organically dyed weavings are suitable for floor coverings, as a rustic blanket--or decorative hanging. With little effort, they may be converted into a wearable, poncho

Select from a variety of vibrantly hued stripes and woven brocade patterns.
62x62 Inches / Edges Are Blanket Stitched

While They Last

Folded / Red & White Brocade  

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Origin of the Bandanna & New Hand Prints on Cotton

Or, is it more commonly spelled, bandana?

Actually, there is a traditional tie-dye technique practiced in India and other regions of South Asia, known as Bandhani. Bandhani comes from the Sanskrit word banda, meaning to tie or hold.

Or, to bind.

There is also this possible historical and etymological connection:

Bandhani ---> Bandanna

While the neck-worn bandannas we are most familiar with are printed patterns on cotton, authentic bandhani is hand tied and dyed. The finished pieces are imbued with pointillist patterns composed of tiny geometries. Individual design elements may also "hold" a significance to it's maker--and the maker's lineage.

Larger than a simple neckerchief, the textiles shown here measure 24" x 78" when fully stretched. The pleated effect of the untied bandhanis results in a somewhat reduced scale, and a characteristic elasticity--or spring--is imparted to the textile. To maintain this pleated texture, dry clean--or otherwise avoid laundering.
Intricate Patterns on Tussar Silk and Satin Silk Weaves

Excellent for horseback riding or chilling on the mountain & mesa
Book Credit: Tie-Dyed Textiles of India: Tradition and Trade, 1991, Veronica Murphy, Rosemary Crill
Dyed & Untied / Claim Your Bandanna
Distinctive Sunburst Pattern
New / Block-Printed Cotton Voile Fabrics / 44" Wide
Monochrome batik on lightweight cotton
All-over floral
New patterns to choose from

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Billowing Bellwethers

Handwoven two-tone cotton solids & ikat stripes. 

Many uses.

Enjoy the season.

Handwoven / 18"x72"
Playa y Plato / Handwoven multi-tonal block design (48"x110") to textile the season!
Más y Más

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Sparkling New Textiles

Enjoy Now!


New Items

New Patterns in 48" Handwoven Cotton

New Handwoven Table Covers & Runners / Juicy!
Rosa Especial & Amarillo Suave / Electric Watermelon
Knotted Fringe

Feathery Light Cotton Scarves from Ethiopia 

Re: Arranged

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Spring 2015 / New Colors and a New Look for Common Thread

Spring Salutations!
Fringed Cotton Tablecloth / 48"x108" / Guatemala  
Handloomed Table Runner / Seco Stripe / 18"x72"
Celeste / 48"x108" / Handloomed in Guatemala