RESOURCES / my top ten textile books
Always working, always learning! Education never ceases when it comes to developing skill.
I have compiled a list of my top ten resource books that I feel are invaluable to my artistic process. Granted, while individual creative processes differ, I write this with the hope that one of these titles sparks an interest or fills a void in your own personal library.
I have tons of fiber-y, art-y books, but I feel these cover the gamut of my interests pretty well. I have three sort of categories represented: dyeing, weaving and sewing/misc. fiber techniques. Click-through each image to purchase on Amazon.
1. Wild Color: The Complete Guide to Making and Using Natural Dyes (by Jenny Dean)
2. Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles (by India Flint)
3. Shibori: The Inventive Art of Japanese Shaped Resist Dyeing (by Yoshiko Iwamoto Wada)
4. The Dyer's Art: Ikat, Batik, Plangi (by Jack Lenor Larsen)
5. The Weaver's Companion (by Madelyn van der Hoogt)
6. The Handweaver's Pattern Directory (by Anne Dixon)
7. Mastering Weave Structures: Transforming Ideas into Great Cloth (by Sharon Alderman)
8. The Art of Manipulating Fabric (by Colette Wolf)
9. Piecing: Expanding the Basics (by Ruth B. McDowell)
10. Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlework
Well, there you have it. My "desert island" craft book list, thus far. I feel though, in a few years, this list could easily expand. There are so many more great reference books I'd like to read and really dive into, but for now, these are the few that are hardly ever in their proper place on the bookshelf. These are the books piled high in my work spaces, on my sewing table, weaving bench and dye counter. That's how you know they're good.