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 keen to hear from you. Any feedback welcome

A message from your Librarian: December 2018:

Still Missing: Two copies of the "Ashford Book of Handcarding" remain unaccounted for.  Please double check your book stash to see if perhaps a Guild copy is languishing about undetected.   

 Recent additions to the Library

Maria: Voyages in Design / Art to Knits: by Prue Hutton and Sally Ord.

2018bookMariaThere is something unique about an Island. All the natural elements are intensified in a small space. Travel to an island is a deliberate journey, a conscious decision to explore. We are exposed to the unpredictable. The essence of all this 'imprints' itself on our minds. It inspired our name "Island Imprints".

Be inspired with knitting patterns for shawls, hats, jumpers and mittens - all necessary knits to stay warm and cozy in our [Tasmanian] climate.

WEAVE*KNIT*WEAR: by Judith Shangold

2018 eweaveknitwearWeave*Knit*Wear dispels the myth that you need expensive equipment, a large space, or special threads to weave.  The directions for all 30 projects, from the narrowest boa to a 55" wide serape, are tailored to the most basic equipment - the 20" wide rigid heddle loom - making it affordable, portable, and intimate. The book offers guidance on the basics of weaving and the minimal hand sewing and knitting techniques used, as well as primers on choosing yarns, designing warps, planning garments, finishing the fabric; making it a resource that aids in planning and constructing one-of-a-kind woven or woven-and-knit projects. 

ANDEAN PEBBLE WEAVE: by Laverne Waddington

2018a andeanpebblePerhaps the most easily recognized of the many pick-up weaving techniques practiced in the highlands of South America, it is not only beautiful to behold but also a pleasure to weave. Indigenous weavers use geometric, animal, plant and human figures posed on the dotted or pebbled background characteristic of this weave to decorate carrying cloths, ponchos, coca leaf bags, belts and sashes. Partly loom-controlled, it is one of the faster pick-up weaving techniques to execute. The 2nd edition includes a new appendix that covers how to weave pebble weave on a 4-shaft loom.


FELT TO STITCH: By Sheila Smith

2018b felttostitchVersatile and easy to make, felt provides an ideal base for surface embellishment. This inspirational guide explores the possibilities, from creating your own from scratch, to selecting unusual dye combinations, and producing 3-dimensional pieces. Using the sample projects that illustrate the main techniques, both beginning and advanced fibre artists will soon be experimenting with color, line, shape, pattern, and texture. Special secions on Japanese shibori (knotting & dyeing the surface), and Nuno (combining felt with other materials to create rich and exciting fabric surfaces) make this a must-have for all fibre artists.




2018 dsupplementarywarppatternWhy confine yourself to only one warp? The use of two or more warps opens up new and exciting opportunities for adding pattern to cloth. After learning to dress a loom with more than one warp we will explore many patterning techniques, most of which require only one shuttle. Sample weaving includes turned drafts, large-scale patterns, small-scale motifs, loom-controlled embellishments, and combining warp and weft patterning.




2018c rigidheddleweavingInternational weaving teacher, Rowena Hart, shows you how you can create exciting, beautiful garments and crafts - all on the simple two harness loom. In the book she guides you step-by-step through the many techniques, showing just how easy it is to make your woven creations come alive through colour and texture. Be inspired by Rowena, who has worked with weavers from many cultures in her role as Education and Marketing Manager of Ashford Handicrafts Ltd.





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.