Yesterday a group organized by a friend of mine went on a field trip to the Oriole Mill in Hendersonville (http.theoriolemill.com) , where the Jacquard weaving process is used to weave elegant wool and cotton cloth and where the cloth is sewed into beautiful bedspreads, shams, bags, coats, and towels and napkins. We got to stand inside a Jacquard loom while it was operating. The colors were spectacular! The details of the loom and warping machine were fascinating. Some looked like tiny porcelain animals. The rapier shuttles looked like silver fish and moved 60 times a second.
Meanwhile at home the lone hyacinth is still pouring its lush aroma and the tulips are still brightening the dark days.