Complex Texture

... tracing threads through time ...


This is the home page of the Complex Texture Podcast a (usually) weekly video podcast devoted to textile arts from my perspective as an historian and a fibre crafter. Emphasis is currently on knitting, but I may reference other needle arts from time to time.

The show is divided into four parts.

Past, Present & Future are the equivalent of standard knitting podcast sections FOs, WIPs & in the queue.

In Footnotes I talk about some aspect of fibre arts in history, drawing on archival sources (like old letters), archaeological records, artistic depictions and surviving objects; occasionally the history will be my own.

Some weeks are more about popular culture; textiles in books, music, movies.

The name of the show comes from the Latin roots:

complex = com “with/together” + plectere “to braid/intertwine”

texture = textere “to weave” also cf. tekhne “an art or skill”

The threads of the fibre arts interlace through the history of humankind and the narrative of our individual lives.

The forum for the podcast can be found on