Some artisans have a knack for drawing on traditional designs to produce something very today. So it is with Ann Charlotte Nordeng, my aunt admittedly, who in a matter of days wove several table runners for a coming wedding. It seemed a wave – no a weave – of inspiration that drove her back to the loom – though the skill has been there for a very long time.

And such creations – present in their array of color and design – uplift the daily table.