These are the books from our library that relate to weaving of all kinds. Descriptions will be added gradually. Members can browse and borrow whenever we have a Guild meeting at the Highland Hotel, Strathpeffer. To borrow at any other time, please contact us via this website. Here is the list of weaving books currently in our collection (October 2023). For annotations on the contents see below.
In addition to the books listed we have a copy of the syllabus for the Association of Guilds of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers (AGWSD) Certificate of Achievement in Tapestry Weaving; a catalogue of the 2016 AGWSD exhibition; programmes of the 2015 and 2017 summers schools; four copies of the journal (issues 256, 261, 262,263); and the slide collection 1971-2010.
The website below has been recommended by a Girl Scout who has been doing her textile badge: Crafting with your Hands: all about weaving and spinning. It has links to a lot of sites relating to weaving.
An anthology of weave structures and techniques. Descriptions, colour photographs and charts.
Learning to Weave
By Deborah Chandler. A four-shaft weaving course with illustrations and photographs. Relevant to both beginners and more experienced weavers.
Guide to Weaving
By Alan and Gill Bridgewater. Introduction + eight graduated step-by-step projects from several ethnic traditions worldwide. Illustrated with b/w “working drawings”.
A handweaver's Pattern Book
By Marguerite Davidson. A classic: comprehensive directory of charts.
The Structure of Weaving
By Ann Sutton. Explains balance and sett, shows how to draft textile weaving patterns, with examples of twills, satins, floats, mock lenos… Illus.
Weaving Made Easy
By Liz Gipson. Subtitled “17 projects using a simple loom”, this is a guide to using the rigid heddle loom. Instructions, step-by-step photographs, tips and techniaques.
By Phylis Morrison. A ‘how to’ book with copious black and white illustrations and drawings.
Designing Woven Fabrics
By Janet Phillips. Aimed at weavers comfortable about weaving in general, who want to design and weave original fabrics. Charts, colour photographs.
The Technique of Weaving
By John Tovey. Types of loom, preparation, weaving itself, specialised techniques. Diagrams, b/w photographs.
Weaves and Pattern Drafting
Beyond the basics – design, planning and drafts with sections on the different types of weave. Charts and photographs. By John Tovey
A Handbook of Weaves
Detailed descriptions with ‘1875 illustrations’, first published in 1915. A comprehensive reference book. By G H Oelsner
By Hilary Chetwynd. Slim booklet, typewritten with explanatory diagrams about this specialist weaving technique.
BY Jennifer Moore. The author’s goal: “to give you a solid foundation in doubleweave techniques”. Charts, colour illustrations and projects.
By Anne Field. Sub title: Creating three-dimensional cloth. Clear instructions and fully illustrated with examples and diagrams.
The Key to Weaving
Seven-hundred page textbook with lessons to be ‘studied in the order in which they appear’. Hailed as ‘the Handloom Weavers’ Bible. By Mary E Black
The Shuttle-Craft Book of American Hand-Weaving
From the foreword: the following pages are dedicated in loving gratitude to the unnamed artists of America’s early days and are offered to the new craftsmen of America’s great present in the hope of adding a little to the general appreciation of a fine and a beautiful thing. Includes a large number of patterns and charts. By Mary Meiggs Atwater. A rare book – TWO COPIES
The Self-Sufficient Weaver
‘The newcomer to weaving will easily be able to learn and develop the fundamental skills of the craft.’ Charts, diagrams and photographs. By Jennifer Green
Hand-Weaving on Two-Way Looms
Booklet with instructions, diagrams and photographs.
The Four-Shaft Table Loom
Anne Field, an experienced teacher of weaving and a craftsman whose own work is highly regarded, has written this book with speciall attention to those who have no access to classes, and her clear step-by-step instruction guide the beginner through the weaving process.
Weaving Techniques for the Multiple-Harness Loom
Notable for its distinct French flavour…for experienced weavers looking for clear drafts and techniques with suggestions as starting points for more inventive weaving. By Pierre Ryall
This book is intended for those who have had at least a basic course in weaving. It shows how to create original patterns, using traditional as well as new techniques. It is not an album of ready made patterns.
Linen: Handspinning and Weaving
By Patricia Baines. Detailed description of working with linen – bleaching, dyeing, drressing a distaff, weaving techniques and basic drafts of traditional patterns.
Handweavers' Recipes for Family and Home
By Katen Garwood-Young. This little book is written for the ‘wolud be’ weaver. The recipes all give detailed ‘ingredients’ and each covers a specific skill. Clear instructions, diagrams and photographs.
By Mad Duchemin, translated by John Tovey. Basic techniques with line drawings, diagrams, photographs.
The Weaver's Workbook
A concise weaving course based on a creative understanding of the principles and practices of the craft. By Hilary Chetwynd
Line drawings, charts and photographs with step-by-step projects. Also touches on dyeing of yarns. By Nell Znamierowski.
Weaving in Style
Instructions and photographs of 25 garments and six projects for the home, by a ‘brilliant young French weaver’. By Catherine Gourlat. Published in 1980.
Warp and Weave
A comprehensive technical publication by the creator of the ‘Leclerc Loom’. The author was a leading figure of the time in the manufacture of weaving looms and accessories in Canada and beyond. By Robert Leclerc.
The Woolcraft Book
Information on spinning, dyeing and weaving
Spinning and Weaving
By S E Ellacott. Wide-ranging history of the development of spinning and weaving from hunter-gatherers to the modern textile industry
…the first comprehensive treatment of the history of achievement of the Dovecot Studios…marks the major retrospective exhibition of the Dovecot tapestries at the Edinburgh Festival, 1980…contributions place the Dovecot in its European context as well as in its British roled…discuss tapestry from the artist’s and from the weaver’s point of view. By Anni Albers
Beginners' Guide to Braiding
Subtitled: The Craft of Kumihimo, by Jacqui Carey
Tapestry Design Basics and Beyond
By Tommy McClure Scanlin. Systematic guidance to design principles at all levels; more than 60 exploration activities. Fully illustrated.
Step-by-step – building a frame loom, basic techniques, complete projects, illustrations and photographs. Subtitled: A Comprehensive Study Guide; by Nancy Harvey
The Art of Tapestry Weaving
By Rebecca Mezoff. Mastering the techniques for making images with yarn. Colour illustrations and instructions.
The Technique of Woven Tapestry
By Tadek Beutlich. How tapestries are woven and how to master the craft. For both experienced and beginner weavers.
The Guide to Successful Tapestry Weaving
By Nancy Harvey. This book guides the beginner step by step through the weaving of a sample project. Illustrations and photos, most black and white.
An Introduction to Tapestry Weaving
Pamphlet with colour photographs, line diagrams and brief text. By Hetty M Wickens
Booklet from the tapestry project at Gairloch Museum (2023), led by Joan Baxter. Colour photographs
Pat Bloor Tapestries
Exhibition catalogue of Pat Bloor’s work, compiled in in full colour by her daughter. With biographical and appreciative commentaries. By Kate Jennings
Master Weavers: Tapestry from the Dovecot Studios 1912-1980
…the first comprehensive treatment of the history of achievement of the Dovecot Studios…marks the major retrospective exhibition of the Dovecot tapestries at the Edinburgh Festival, 1980…contributions place the Dovecot in its European context as well as in its British roled…discuss tapestry from the artist’s and from the weaver’s point of view.
Byways in Handweaving
A rare book gifted to the Guild and kept in a protective bag. The author writes: ‘The textile techniques described…all are extremely ancient…few have been adequately described elsewhere.’ Line drawings, charts, and photographs. By Mary Meigs Atwater, 1954
Scottish Wool Cloth Sample Book
Story of Scottish wool cloth industry, with large collection of actual samples, descriptions and weave plan diagrams. Glossary of terms. Scottish Woollen Publicity Council.
Published in 1939, this book is meant to show the way in which weaving should be approached and to lay some of the foundations. An old, rare publication in proctective plastic bag. By Ethel M Mairet.
The Joy of Handweaving
By Osma Gallinger Tod. Comprehensive manual by a teacher of long experience, illustrated in black and white, with diagrams and instructions.
The Wonderful Work of the Weaver
Despite the title, this little booklet covers breeds of sheep, fleece preparation, spinning, dyeing and weaving as practised in Ireland. By Lilias Mitchell
Handweaving and Education
By Ethel Mairet. By one of the classic authors of our time. “This book is meant to lay the foundations for the training and development of the weaver of tomorrow”
Reproducing the Kendal Pattern Book
Subtitled: A Window on 18th Century Weaving. Ringbound landscape large format in in brown envelope. History of weaving in Kendal and the Kendal Pattern Book; analysis and reproduction of samples. Text, colour photographs, glossary. By Alison Ongley
Introducing Double Cloth (on 4-shaft Looms)
By Mike Halsey. Booklet with diagrams and charts. Reprint of Double Cloth (on 4-shaft Looms)
Double Cloth (on 4-shaft Looms)
Booklet with diagrams and charts. Handweavers Studio monograph series number two
Double Faced Fabrics (on 2 and 4-shaft Looms)
Booklet with instructions diagrams and charts. Handweavers Studio monograph series number six
Double Pocket Cloth (on 4-shaft Looms)
Booklet with instructions diagrams and charts. Handweavers Studio monograph series number five
Sectional Warping Made Easy
Complete directions for sectional warping in pictures and words, including the step-by-step process of dressing the loom after you put a warp on the sectional warp beam. By Russell E Groff
The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory
Excellent book, starting with instructions for setting up the loom, then moving through simple patterns to designs requiring more expertise, all with good, clear instructions. Charts, colour diagrams, photographs. By Anne Dixon
Inkle Loom Weaving
Introduction to the craft with projects, instructions, diagrams and colour photographs. By Frances B Smith
The Technique of Tablet Weaving
Comprehensive textbook survey of tablet weaving techniques, by Peter Collingwood. There are many historical examples, and a large number of different weave structures are explored, with clear diagrams and instructions.
By Candace Crockett. History, materials, step-by-step instructions. Photographs and diagrams.
Time to Weave
The author draws on simple but timeless techniques and eclectic materials to create sixteen appealing, contemporary off-loom weaving projects. By Jane Patrick
Weaving Without a Loom
Instructions for numerous methods, illustrated in colour, with small projects using the different techniques. By Veronica Burningham
Weaving on Round and Metal Hoops
“This booklet has been specially devised for those who are not familiar with weaving.” Covers basic techniques and projects with diagrams. By Micheline Menard-Gosselin
Making the most of your Peg Loom
Informational booklet by the founder of a small spin/weave equipment company in mid-Wales. Clear text and line drawings. By Maureen Preen
Successful Rug Making
By A V Butzcoy. Chapters on history and techniques. Instructions for 50 designs with b/w illustrations and charts.
A Rug Weaver's Source Book
Subtitled: A Compilation of Rug Weaving Techniques. Eight different craftspeople detail their methods – all weavers, teachers and writers. Colour photographs, b/w line drawings. Edited by Linda C Ligon
Techniques of rug weaving
By Peter Collingwood
Designing and Making Handwoven Rugs
Subtitled: Techniques for creating European, Oriental and American Rugs and Household Fabrics; by Osma Gallinger Tod and Josephine Couch Del Deo
Rug Weaving: Technique and Design
Basic rug-weaving techniques in simple terms with photographs and diagrams. By Brian Knight
Weaving in Miniature
by Carol Strickler and Barbara Taggart
Woolens and Tweeds
Shuttlecraft Monograph 4 1961. Aims to supply basic knowledge about wool and woollen designing, weaving and finishing for handweavers. By Harriet Tidball