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New article on the history of Tunisian crochet, and what Penelope really said

I am pleased to announce the publication of my article, “The Princess Frederick William Stitch: The Parallel Emergence of Long–Hook Crochet in Prussia and England in 1858,” in the Summer 2020 issue of The Journal of Dress History.

JDH Summer 2020 Cover

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The costs and dividends of blogged loopography

Without originally intending to blog at regular intervals, I’ve long since settled into a fortnightly rhythm. I had every intention of maintaining it with a post this past Sunday despite being at the Textiles from the Nile Valley Conference in Antwerp through the weekend.

I had a nearly completed draft of the intended post with me, expecting easily to be able to finish it during spare moments. However, my time and attention were thoroughly captivated by the proceedings and informal discussions about shared interests with the other participants — both old friends and new.

I knew that time for blogging would also be scarce after my return home. On the eve of my departure, I acquired a second formal publication deadline to meet by the end of November. Both texts will build on material sketched in previous blog posts. However, additional unreported information that I would like to include requires traveling on short notice to examine pivotal objects and documents elsewhere in Europe.

This all means that the likelihood of my being a diligent blogger during November is quite low. On the other hand, the reason for it is the preparation of material that will be more detailed than usual. What I will be missing is the mid-month celebration of the 100th post appearing on the 3rd anniversary of the 1st one. But I had also intended to use that occasion to announce a break in the production of new material while reviewing the First Hundred both to refresh my own memory of what I had written and reedit them for consistency where necessary.


Archaeological Textiles Review

NOTE: The issue announced below is now available in a digital edition at no cost.


The body of scholarly writing on the history of knitting is about to increase significantly, with the impending publication of the diamond issue of the Archaeological Textiles Review. It will be devoted to Early Modern knitted items with contributions from nine experts in that field. A detailed list of its contents is located here.

It is available by subscription and the number of copies to be printed will be determined by expressions of prior interest. Anyone interested in ensuring one of their own can subscribe via the University of Copenhagen’s Webshop.