Berg Textiles Journal

Bloomsbury Publishing -you may know them better by their imprint Berg- has purchased Fairchild publishing. Considering the timing (April 2), I wondered if it was a delayed April fool’s joke but it’s genuine.

That announcement dispensed with, Berg is celebrating their tenth year of publishing the Textile Journal by making a selection of their content available free on the internet (offer expires June 14th). In addition, Berg is offering a 10% discount on individual subscriptions for the next 10 days (valid until 16th April). Use the coupon code TEXTILE10 at checkout. Last but not least, you can get a 20% discount off two year subscriptions, no coupon needed.

Below is the list of articles culled from the ten years of Textile Journal publishing. I haven’t had the opportunity to read any of them yet but some look interesting -for example, the collecting, hoarding and hiding strategies of US quilters. Somebody actually wrote a research paper on that. Based on people I know (not that I would ever do this), said researcher must have had a very large pool of respondents from which to draw conclusions.

Webs of Wrath: Terrible Textiles from the War of Troy by Lois Martin (Volume 1, Issue 3)

Wearing Propaganda: Textiles on the Home Front in Japan, Great Britain, and America during the Greater East Asian War, 1931-45 by Jacqueline M. Atkins (Volume 2, Issue 1)

Collecting the Contemporary: “Love Will Decide What is Kept and Science Will Decide How it is Kept” by Sue Prichard (Volume 3, Issue 2)

Hiding the (Fabric) Stash: Collecting, Hoarding, and Hiding Strategies of Contemporary US Quilters by Marybeth C. Stalp, (Volume 4, Issue 1)

Needled Women: Representations of Male Conduct in Mapula Embroideries by Brenda Schmahmann (Volume 5, Issue 1)

Pecha Cucha: Lace by Catherine Harper (Volume 6, Issue 2)

The Interpretation of Surface: Boundaries, Systems and Their Transgression in Clothing and Domestic Textiles, c.1880-1939 by Victoria Kelly (Volume 7, Issue 2)

Women, Cloth, Fluff and Dust in Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South by Elodie Neuville (Volume 8, issue 3)

Touching the Hem: The Thread between Garment and Blood in the Story of the Woman with the Haemorrhage (Mark 5:24b-34parr) by Barbara Baert (Volume 9, Issue 3)

White, the Color of Whispers: Concealing and Revealing Cloth by Kathleen Connellan (Volume 10, Issue 1)

You can also read a free sample issue online

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  1. Theresa in Tucson says:

    I am not a quilter but I read the article on “hiding the stash” with interest and more than a little recognition for I have a stash as well. Interesting stuff and Kathleen, thank you for the links.

  2. Bente says:

    I had several years of subscription in the 90’s. I kept each volume. It was really the best informative textile magazine at that time.
    They use to have really nice trend foecasts and reviews from promising fashion school students.
    They also posted the forcasts from most of the trend bureaux. I am curious to know if it still as good!

  3. April says:

    Oh I love the fabric hoarding article! A few years ago I bought a ‘small’ shopping cart full of fabric from the thrift store and slowly smuggled it into the house. It must have been at least a 75 yards of various fabrics!

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