Part 2 - Wool Wet Felting!
I described a number of different techniques of wet weaving in my previous blog, but the most popular of all would be Wet Felting! Wet felting? Isn’t that something that happens when your pet sheep gets caught out in the rain? Let’s take a closer look at wet felting and see where the design and creativity...
Part 1 - Felting History and Techniques!
Today’s blog focuses on the process of felting wool. What is felting wool you ask? That’s a great question! To answer, let’s take a little trip back in time to see where this process originated and what it’s all about.
What the Legend Tells?
Legend has it that the process of...
PART 5 – Stop! 3 More things you should never do with your good knife!
As I said before knives are like children, you don’t want them running out loose without your direction and supervision. So set your rules straight and make sure you don't allow yourself to deviate much from them. Play a good role model in your kitchen!...
PART 4 – Stop! 3 things you should never do with your knife!
Knives are like children, you don’t want them going from being bright and sharp to being dull and bad by doing the wrong things with them! Keep them on the straight and narrow path by remembering the following tips of what NOT to do with your knives.
PART 3 – Three More things you should do with your knife!
As promised I’m coming back to the subject of what else you need to know about maintenance for your knifes. You want to keep enjoying your good knife investments for many years to come and here is a checklist with three more things you want to keep doing.
PART 2 – Three things you should do with your knife!
If you enjoy cooking like I do, you know that preparing a meal can be a real joy if you have a good solid knife in your hand. From cutting bread, to slicing unions, to trimming meat, a sharp knife can mean the difference between easy food preparation and something that looks like...
Part 1 - Damascus Knives and Their History!
The reputation and flair of Damascus knives stretches back over 17 centuries to the legends of the Damascus blades cutting through a rifle barrel and slicing a strand of hair in two. The modern technique of creating Damascus steel involves forging together...
Part 2 - HEMP, a Sustainable Material for Shoes!
These boots were made for walking, with hemp!
We have seen how hemp started with humble beginnings thousands of years ago from a fabric used for work, to one used for clothing. Let’s take a look at how hemp is helping to revolutionize the shoe industry!...
Part 2 - HEMP, a Material for All Seasons!
Thanks to a technological breakthrough in 1980s, hemp was finally introduced as a modern textile that could be used in wardrobe design and fashion. It turns out that some acids can help break up the toughness of the hemp fabric, making it much more...
Part 1 - HEMP, A Brief History – Where did it come from and how was it used?
When it comes to the wardrobe we like to wear during the heat of summer or the cold of winter, you might think about natural materials made out of cotton, silk, or wool. But can you think of another natural material that is...
What is not allowed to do around Leather!
In my earlier post in June I talked about what care is appropriate around leather, and what each one of us who likes to have beautiful leather handbags in our possession needs to know when it is time to preserve your leather bag beauty. But besides knowing what we need to do, I thought it would...
Part 1 - Rich history of Japanese
Samurai and their Weapons
The Weapons created in Isolation
As promised today I’ll be talking about Japanese weapons that were created during Japan’s isolationist times.
The original samurai weapon, the Japanese bow has a long history. Being isolated from other cultures...
Part 1 - Rich history of Japanese
Miniature Samurai figurines,
all displayed in various styles and poses with various weapons, represent part
of Japan’s wonderful history. When you collect these Japanese warrior figurines
don’t you want to know the values and background stories each one possesses?
Even Leather needs care, but what kind? We Investigate!
If you like me, you probably would like to have many leather handbags, in admiration of its texture, of it’s color, for a certain season or an event, or just for a special occasion. And once you do, what do you need to know to run maintenance of your bags smoothly?
Where and when did the story of Coin collecting start? We Investigate!
When did coin collecting begin? Who was the first person to start the hobby? When did someone
first place a value on a country’s currency, be it banknotes or coins, for the sake of collecting?
Let’s take a look into the world of numismatics, or coin...
Cool Facts for Hot Times!
step back in time to the era of heroic commanders , fearless armies and
Russian Watches had been serving on the front lines since
1930 when Joseph Stalin ordered efficient time keeping thought the country. The
Russian Watch Industry was born out of this order...
Russian Gagarin watch Shturmanskie
Leaving the bounds of Earth and exploring space has always fascinated humans. Just over 50 years ago the thought of humans leaving Earth and exploring space was still a dream. Men with names like Gagarin, Glenn, Leonov and Armstrong helped turn our dreams into reality and took our species...