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: Feb 2018:

Missing: All 3 copies of the "Ashford Book of Handcarding". One of our Guild members was asking for information about using handcarders. This title is the perfect book to recommend, but to our dismay, all three copies are missing from the library, and they are not checked out by anyone. If you have inadvertantly removed a copy (or three) of this book without completing the borrowing card I would be very pleased if it/they could be returned as soon as possible. Our library borrowing system relies on the honesty of all Guild members, to record your name and borrowing date on the card, and to place that card in the wooden tray.

 New Books added to the Library - Summer 2018


2018 ewoventextiledesignWoven Textile Design offers a comprehensive introduction to weaving for all htose wishing to design and produce a wide range of fabrics from scratch. Starting with the basics of woven textile design, the book looks at how to draw up and interpret records and notation, before explaining how different types of cloth are constructed. From the most basic of plain weaves, through twill weaves, textured weaves such as seersucker, crepe, and corded cloths to more complicated designs created with extra threads woven in, a wide range of patterns are covered. Illustrated throughout wth diagrams, weaving plans, and beautiful examples from contemproary designers, the book also includes tips on using different yarns and colours to create stunning and unique designs. Offering clear, practical advice, this book will show ou how to interpret your initial concepts and develop your ideas on the loom.

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.