The Library is open to members for research and borrowing, and can be browsed online. It is a fantastic resource, both contemporary and historical. The Library is not open during Committee Meetings on the 2nd Thursday of each month. Check it out on your PC, or use this link on your mobile device. 

Current financial members only are able to borrow materials, in person, from the library. The borrowing period is one month, and borrowing charges are: for periodicals and magazines - 20 cents each; books 50 cents each; DVDs $2.00 each. If the library is unattended and you need any help at all, please continue on to the ‘spinning room’ where you will find me.

Your Librarian is Anne FrostAny feedback welcome

 New Books added to the Library - Summer 2017

CAST ON BIND OFF: (150.BES) by Leslie Ann Bestor

castonbindoffDiscover the perfect beginning and ending for every knitting project! Detailed instructions for each technique are combined with step-by-step photography to help you create edges that are tighter, looser, stretchier, or lacier. No matter what you’re knitting, Leslie Ann Bestor has the cast on and the bind off that will give your project the perfect edge. 

FELT HAPPY: (?) by Elizabeth Armstrong

felthappyElizabeth is a full time felter and mixed media artist. She has taught throughout Australia as well as in the UK, USA and in South Korea where she staged a solo exhibition of her work in Seoul. Working as an Artist in Residence for the last twelve years, she has taught at both primary and secondary levels and loves the challenge of creating large scale pieces. Elizabeth also hold small classes and workshops in her studio, where the kettle is always on and making a mess is highly encouraged!

HOW TO KNIT SOCKS THAT FIT: (172.DRU)

howtoknitsocksfitWhether you're working socks from the toe up or from the cuff down, designer Donna Druchunas's complete, step-by-step instructions make sock knitting easy, enjoyable, and successful. Not only will you learn several different approaches for getting started, but you'll also discover how to shape comfortable toes, create heels that fit, and ensure stretchy cuffs that can be counted on to keep your socks up. Druchunas's useful tips and tricks include working confidently with double-pointed needles, as well as knitting socks on one or two circular needles, and even knitting two socks at the same time. Once you've mastered these basic techniques, you can adapt them to create your own custom sock designs.

 

STITCHED SHIBORI: (?) By Jane Callender

stitchedshiboriThe complete guide to shibori dyeing, packed with techniques, designs and inspiration.

Written by expert shibori teacher Jane Callender, this beautiful, practical book is packed with both traditional and inventive stitch-resist techniques, a complete dyeing guide and an inspirational gallery of Janes work. This book contains all the information a beginner will need to get started - including tips on dyeing in small spaces and a guide to all the necessary health and safety considerations - but is also packed with innovative techniques and inspiring designs that will appeal to the experienced textile artist.

The book is broken into three sections. The first shows you all the key stitch-resist techniques you need - from the basics right through to creating intricate designs and all are clearly explained with photography and illustrations. Learn how to create a range of different shibori styles, oversew, make circles and other shapes, use grids, double needles, stencils and caps, bind fabrics, work with machine stitch, use fabric buffers and incorporate appliqué.

The second section shows you how to use motifs to create pattern: learn how to create and position designs, including traditional arrangements such as Karamatsu and Tatewaku, create composite designs and get tips on how to plan your own patterns.

Finally, the book contains a complete guide to dyeing it contains recipes, tips and advice so that you can get the very best from every dye bath you make. Learn how to dye with both natural and synthetic indigo, in organic and synthetic vats. Also choose from a wide range of natural dyes, iron rust and dazzling Procion dyes, which can be used in combination or alone for amazing effects.

 

 

TWIGG STITCH; (161.TWI) written by VICKI TWIGG.

twiggstitchA whole new side to your favourite craft, TwiggStitch is a new technique that uses familiar stitches and produces a wonderful result. For the first time ever, you can now produce this truly double-sided two-color knitting.

As you can see below, the basic technique produces one color on each side, and can be manipulated to produce a mirror image on each side, in a single-pass. However, once you've got the hang of the basics, TwiggStitch can be used to produce all kinds of other knitting textures and patterns...

 

 

WEAVING INNOVATIONS from the Bateman Collection  

weavinginnovationsWeaving Innovations from the Bateman Collection offers a full-color look at the patterns that Dr. William Bateman developed and studied over 50 years ago, that will help intermediate to advanced-level weavers think more innovatively about their craft. With hundreds of color draft diagrams and photos of Bateman's sample weaves, artists can experiment with his innovations on their own looms. Bateman, a chemistry professor turned weaver, analyzed traditional patterns and extended them in completely new directions. The samples included are Dr. Bateman's originals, and detail the yarns and setts he outlined in his documentation. The drafts are organized into weave groups, ranging from those with their origins in traditional structures like twill or overshot, to the one-of-a-kind new weaves Bateman invented. After she completed her monographs on the Bateman weaves, Virginia Harvey donated his nearly 1,500 samples to the Seattle Weavers' Guild. His original weaves, and the ways he manipulated more traditional weaves, form a fascinating resource for today's weavers

 

 

  

WOVEN SHIBORI by Catharine Ellis

wovenshiboriIn this update of the classic Woven Shibori, master weaver Catharine Ellis teaches weavers of all skill levels how to create beautiful dyed woven cloth, using environmentally friendly natural dyes. Shibori is a traditional Japanese technique, in which a piece of cloth is shaped by folding, stitching, tying, or wrapping then dyed to create stunning color patterns. Ellis developed a method of weaving resist warp and weft threads directly into the cloth and shared her findings in her breakthrough book. Featuring all-new information on working with natural dyes and dozens of new photographs, this revised edition is an invaluable resource for weavers. It features:

  • Techniques for incorporating shibori into two-shaft weaves, monk's belt, overshot, twills, laces, and other patterns
  • Guidance and inspiration for creating your own woven shibori designs
  • Instructions for preparing the fabric for dyeing and finishing the dyed cloth
  • Recipes for creating natural dyes from plants and insects to dye both plant and animal fibers
  • Special effects for enhancing woven shibori, including layering colors, cross dyeing, felting, creating permanent pleats, and burning out

Woven Shibori opens up a world of creative surface design possibilities for weavers and textile artists.

You may also borrow....

Ply magazine - Singles issue

The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers - Winter 2015

Shuttle Spindle Dyepot - Fall 2015

Spin-Off - the Luxury Issue - Cashmere, Alpaca, Camel, Silk. Spin to Knit and weave these fibres, and master Supported Spinning to make light and lofty laceweight yarn.