When Bad Things Happen To Good Museums

from the Pre-Raphelite collection at the Delaware Museum of Art

What does it say about our supposedly great and civilized society that in the midst of economic recession, the government bails out mega-banks (and their CEOs and shareholders reap the rewards) while our venerable cultural institutions—public art museums— are forced to consider selling off chunks of their collections in order to keep the doors open? Continue reading

New Necktie Sewing Patterns to Download and Print

Necktie Sewing Pattern, © 2014 J. Thomson, all rights reserved.

People have often asked me if I make neckties (in addition to the bow ties I’m already known for), and why I don’t make them.

The truth is, I’ve never had an interest in making them since I rarely wear them. However, lately I’ve been wanting to make a few neckties because I had some gorgeous fabric that isn’t suitable for bow ties: it’s either too thick, or the pattern is too large to make an impact in the relatively small area of a bow tie. Continue reading

New Fabric Design: Colors Speak To Me

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Colors Speak To Me, © 2014 J. Thomson. All rights reserved.

This colorful pattern is now available from Spoonflower.com on a wide range of fabrics, wallpaper, gift wrap and wall decals.

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American Toile, by Michele Palmer (Schiffer Books)

American Toile American Toile:Four Centuries of Sensational Scenic Fabrics and Wallpaper is a new book by Michele Palmer (Schiffer Books). From the publisher’s site: “American toile is scenic fabric and wallpaper that bring the story of America to life.  It is fifty percent American history, fifty percent fabric history, and one hundred percent fascinating!”

My “Trailer Trash Toile” (seen after the jump) is included in this book. Continue reading

Custom-made Bow-Ties!

Fabric options for bespoke bow ties I’ve just posted a new section on shop.Lavaguy.com for custom made bow-ties. You pick from my collection of >32 vintage and rare textiles (velvets, silks, brocades, geometrics, stripes, solids…) and choose from 7 bow-tie shapes, and I’ll create a special bow-tie for you!

I’ll also be adding more newly-created bow-ties ready to ship.