Library News 2

Liz has revised the library list since Lynda’s kind donation. Some of the books you’ll find in our library that weren’t there before are –

Mabel Ross2Mabel Ross, Encyclopedia of Hand Spinning (1988)
More of a book to refer to than bedtime reading, but it covers many aspects of spinning. Mabel Ross had a rather fearsome reputation as a teacher of spinning. She takes a very precise approach, as you might exoect from her background in meteorological research and teaching mathematics. She didn’t learn to spin and weave till she retired, but she clearly did nothing half-heartedly. We also have in the library her Essentials of Handspinning, which you will probably like if you are an exact, purposeful spinner but perhaps not so much if you are more intuitive and carefree; and also her more advanced Essentials of Yarn Design.

GriersonSu Grierson, Whorl and Wheel, the Story of Handspinning in Scotland (1985)
Just what the title says, and more – it covers sheep, wool, different wheels and styles of spinning, weaving and knitting. If you are interested in things Scottish and woolly, you will like this. (42 pages)


Webb & SaundersJacky Webb & Betty Saunders, Mohair from Goat to Garment (1992)
All I know about this is that it has an appealing cover, and is only 96 pages long. It must be worth a look if you plan to spin, weave or knit mohair.


For the the rest I can only quote what someone else or the book’s own advertising says –

LinderOlive and Harry Linder, Handspinning Flax (1986)
Not our NZ kind of flax – this is about linum usitatissimum, the the kind that makes linen. But if you are interested in that, the book has been well reviewed: ‘I have read this book through several times, and except for the fashion suggestions, it is still current and fresh. The writing style is also friendly and witty. Some of the information is transferable to milkweed and hemp fibers (bast fibers)… A must have for any spinner’s library.’ (79 pages)

HochbergBette Hochberg, Handspindles (1980, first published 1977)
‘Handspindles have been in use for at least 6,000 years.’ (Quite a bit longer than that – Mary)  ‘There are many different types and styles and ways of using them. Bette Hochberg gives a good background on spindles and spindle spinning. She discusses ten of the most common varieties of spindles, how they were used, and what types of fibers would have been spun on them. Good information.’ (68 pages)

WhitingMaggie Whiting, The Progressive Knitter (1988)
‘Provides an opportunity for hand knitters to be more adventurous with yarns, stitches, colour, texture, and the shaping and drapery of knitted fabric. All that is required on the reader’s part is a willingness to try something new.’ Note the date – the designs have been called old-fashioned, but may be none the worse for that. 168 pages.

DowdeJenny Dowde, Freeform Knitting and Crochet (2004)
‘“Take your yarn for a walk,” says author Jenny Dowde, who teaches the freeform “scrumbling” technique. With scrumbling, needleworkers can work unbound by patterns and yet still successfully knit or crochet a project. With just a range of simple stitches and only a few basic techniques, anyone can create lovely and useful household objects and eye-catching wearable art. Full-color photographs illustrate Dowde’s methods in action, from completing both basic and advanced stitches to working with wires and beads, along with a host of special techniques, including constructing buttons, unusual closures, and special accents from polymer clay.’ 160 pages.

Finally several that will be a nice short read –

Mike HalseyMike Halsey, Introducing Tapestry Weaving (Practical Projects) (1980)
Just 18 pages in this.


DixonsAnne Dixon, Inkle Loom Weaving, the basics and design (1995) ‘provides an essential introduction to inkle weaving describing the loom then how to warp up and weave samples. Advice on designing inkles and design charts are also given.’ (20 pages)  And another – Anne Dixon, Lettering on the Inkle Loom (1995)
‘Lettering requires the displacement of warp threads so they ‘float’ over the background threads. This useful booklet covers letter shapes, colours, specific designs, tips for working with light or dark threads uppermost, word spacing and designing motifs.’ (20 pages)

DalbyGill Dalby, Natural Dyes, Fast or Fugitive (1985)
‘small but comprehensive with different mordant recipes for a wide range of colours.’ (47 pages)


Enjoy! (And don’t forget to put your name and the date on the card in the back of the book, and leave it in the little box. When you return the book, find the card and return it to the pocket in the book.)


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