Welcome to The Phoenix Files!

This blog is a collection of papers and how-to articles I have written over the past 25+ years, as well as my travel journals and announcements.  Scholarly works from "The Library" on my old website, are labeled here as "Historica Tractatu." 

My travels have had heavy influence on my work and are the 'back story' behind many of my designs. Some of my older journals are revised from the original, and most link to photo albums on Facebook.  

The Stitchery Series: Part I - History and Fibers

Posted by Heather Daveno, Artisan Hatter on 1/31/2016 to Textiles & Wearables
The Stitchery Series: Part I - History and Fibers

Embroidery - to decorate the surface of a cloth with thread or yarn - is a process that dates back to very ancient times. 

The Bayeux Tapestry, shown here, is not actually a tapestry!  It is however, one of the most recognizable embroideries in Europe, depicting the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings and conquest of England in 1066 by William, Duke of Normandy, known as William the Conqueror. The work measures about 230 feet long,  and consists of several panels of linen, worked with a variety of stitches in wool threads... 

This series of blog notes will start with a brief and decidedly Chinese-centric historical overview, and then delve into materials and technique.  I will try to demonstrate how embroidery can be combined with other techniques to bring new color and texture to your own textile projects.

The Next Artisan Generation

Posted by Heather Daveno, Artisan Hatter on 1/17/2016 to Textiles & Wearables
One of my personal goals is to further both appreciation for and teaching of American handcraft.  For a few years now, that has taken the form of selling my hats through schools such as Brookfield Craft Center and Peters Valley School of Craft, where a percentage of my sales is reinvested into a curriculum that introduces traditional American craft such as blacksmithing, pottery, weaving and jewelry-making to the next generation of artists and makers.

You may remember a blog note I wrote back in May, about teaching applique and embroidery to 20 members of the Seaview Weaving and Fiber Arts Guild.  That's where this next bit of networking begins ...

Celebrating 60

Posted by Heather Daveno, Artisan Hatter on 1/9/2016 to News & Miscellanae
HeatherToday is my birthday. I typically celebrate it as a very private and personal holiday, and those who know me will remark how completely out of character it is for me to even announce it publicly.

But you only turn 60 once ... 

The expected use of this space would be a "2015 in Review" or some form of autobiography. But that would be pretty boring, would it not? 

So instead of using this space for a detailed retrospective narrative, I choose instead, to look ahead ...