I’m by no means a newcomer to online publication but have never blogged before. Most of what I’ve published has been accounts and analyses of information culled from pre-existing sources and experimental observation. The results were always intended to enhance the understanding of the underlying subject but rarely included any subjective discussion.
Sometimes I set aside a portion of the material gathered in such a study for inclusion in a planned later work. Anything still left over was placed in a growing cache of tidbits waiting for an appropriate context for their presentation. They were useful in the meanwhile nonetheless, typically in conversation with others who had their own stockpiles of tentative material, enabling a few more pieces of the puzzle to be put together.
This blog is intended as an additional path for sharing snippets of information about the history of looped fabric assembled from sources that are not widely known. I ultimately intend to compile some of them into cohesive research reports. Serializing that process in blog posts will allow me to present greater detail than would be included in that format — and afford me the luxury of being able to make a conjectural statement or two along the way.
My notion of an appropriate scope for a research report is illustrated in a piece about the relationship between knotting and tatting that I wrote before hatching the idea of this blog. I might not have felt tatting to be centrally relevant to its nominal topic otherwise, but the report is a good way to key the expectations of the blog’s followers: