highcastle

Handwoven & hand knit items, patterns, & wool

Wilhoit, Arizona

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Announcement    Welcome! High Castle Traditional Crafts offers a wide variety of handwoven articles, hand knit items, knitting patterns, handspun yarn, and spinning fiber from my Cotswold sheep. Thanks for visiting!

In April 2019, I opened my second Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSeasonalHearth. If you're looking for cookbooks, this is the place to go!

In August 2022, I opened a third Etsy shop for sewing patterns and textile-related books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BetterThanAFigLeaf.

website: http://www.highcastlecrafts.com
email: highlander1 [!at] highcastlecrafts.com
blog: http://highcastlecrafts.blogspot.com
Instagram: dianebraun6

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Last updated on Aug 16, 2022

Welcome! High Castle Traditional Crafts offers a wide variety of handwoven articles, hand knit items, knitting patterns, handspun yarn, and spinning fiber from my Cotswold sheep. Thanks for visiting!

In April 2019, I opened my second Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSeasonalHearth. If you're looking for cookbooks, this is the place to go!

In August 2022, I opened a third Etsy shop for sewing patterns and textile-related books: https://www.etsy.com/shop/BetterThanAFigLeaf.

website: http://www.highcastlecrafts.com
email: highlander1 [!at] highcastlecrafts.com
blog: http://highcastlecrafts.blogspot.com
Instagram: dianebraun6

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On Etsy since 2007

Enhancing the Present by Connecting with the Past

The past has always captivated me. When I was 12, I pursued archaeology by excavating my backyard with a spoon and an old toothbrush. In high school, my interests shifted from ancient Egypt to medieval Europe, ultimately resulting in a master’s degree and doctoral work in medieval history.

Throughout, I have been drawn to the elemental foundations of living: food, animals, and clothing. I’ve made recipes from classical Rome, medieval England, and colonial America. I raise Cotswold sheep, a breed likely brought to Britain by the Romans 2,000 years ago. And what touches me most deeply, at a level I can’t explain, are textiles and the fiber and yarn from which they are made.

Cloth and its creation form a continuous link with the past, through millennia and across the globe. The Industrial Revolution of the late 18th century marked only a very recent change in how yarn was spun and fabric woven and knitted. But despite its relative newness, industrialization has weakened our connection with the people of our past and of our present, devaluing essential elements of our daily lives.

Textiles were once valued so highly that they were itemized in wills and passed from generation to generation. They had meaning. They gave meaning. They were part of tradition.

Handmade cloth and the items fashioned from it retain that significance and worth. The time, skill, and attention to detail I put into my work represent the passion and love it’s imbued with. From me to you.

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  • Diane

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    I'm a weaver, spinner, and knitter who raises Cotswold sheep in the central Arizona highlands. I have an M.A. in medieval history and am interested in dye plants, historical cooking, organic gardening, sustainable agriculture, and rare breeds.

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Last updated on Sep 8, 2022

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