Book to TV Adaptations

Often books get turned into movies and occasionally into a television series.  This is a list of those that will be coming out this year.  It is interesting to see which authors have had thier material picked up, JK Rowling; Niel Gaiman; Lemony Snicket; Margaret Atwood; and more.  Another tidbit is that a number of these are being created by ‘non-traditional’ networks.  BBC is picking up Rowling’s series (Written as Robert Galbraith), Starz is premiering the Gaiman Series, Netflix Lemony Snicket; Jay Asher; L.M. Montgomery (Anne of Green Gables); and Hulu is adapting A Handmaids Tale by Atwood.

Okay, Starz and BBC are probably not considered non-traditional networks but I would have thought that Niel Gaiman would be produced by the BBC.

This will be a very interesting year for television and books.


Censorship and Free Speech

This is a very thought provoking article.  Where does ‘suppressing hate speech’ get entangled with ‘censorship’?  Does suppressing it actually work?  Not really.  We need to really listen to each side to come to an understanding.  Not simply state that anyone with a differing opinion is ‘a hater’; ‘wrong’; ‘prejudice’; ‘racist’; ‘bigoted’; etc.  I especially like toward the end where it is stated that when we hear something hateful we should ask ‘Why’ not just ‘shut up’.

*As an admission I do not allow toxic people access to me through social media.  I do not ‘unfriend them’ as that might hurt their feelings, but I also do not allow their feed to appear on my feed.*

The Tapestry Heart Project

This is a great article by the tapestry artists Rebecca Mezoff.  With the current political climate Mezoff decided to challenge her tapestry students, and anyone with an interest in tapestry, to weave a tapestry heart.  She details techniques, possibilities for alternative arrangements and methods, and so much more.  This is a neat article and a fun project with details about what materials should be used in addition to printable templates.  I loved seeing the heart tapestry that Mezoff created, I will have to dig up the patience to try something like this.

Cotton Sizes for Overshot

This article reinforces how much there is to know/learn about weaving.  How utterly complex it can be and how endless the possibilities are.

“Probably the most common yarns/setts for contemporary overshot fabrics are 10/2 cotton for warp and tabby weft at 24 epi and either 5/2 pearl cotton or 3/2 pearl cotton for the pattern weft. The fabrics woven with these yarns/setts are usually sturdy fabrics in a weight suitable for placemats and towels. 3/2 pearl cotton would also work (and not be too heavy) for the draft you’re using with 5/2 cotton, unless the pattern-weft floats are very short (this would be for a delicate design, usually looking very twill-like). In that case, the 3/2 pearl cotton weft would not pack in well enough and you’d see streaks of the tabby weft between pattern picks. By the same token, if your overshot design has long pattern-weft floats with large blocks of pattern, a 5/2 pearl cotton pattern weft is likely to be too thin to cover the blocks; in that case, you’d also see streaks of the tabby weft between pattern picks.”

Wool has the ability to swell, or full, to fill in some problem spaces whereas cotton does not have such flexibility.  I look forward to experimenting with some of these function in the future!

Roving Reporter, a Year on the Fiber Road

This reporter discusses how differently certain fiber skills can be viewed, while one area considers dying with mushrooms ‘basic’ knowledge another area thinks using a drum carder is ‘basic’.

In South Dakota she discovered working with carded cloud; Alaska was Batts and the Northern lights; Ohio was natural dying; and so much more.


This was a lovely brief article on different fiber discoveries that this reporter found along their travels.