Friday, September 26, 2014

A treasure trove for weavers (and spinners, dyers, lace makers, textile historians, etc.)

If you haven't found the University of Arizona's On-Line Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics, you are in for a treat.

Find it at

Here are a few a my favorite things at this site:

There are illustrations.
A section on illustrations included this photo, labeled Girls at Weaving Machines, Evansville, Indiana.

There are all 46 issue of the wonderful magazine, Weaver's Journal, which was published from 1976 to 1987. You can sometimes find an old issue at booksellers' stalls at conferences or fiber events. They are all available under Periodicals. This great magazine included articles for the hand weaver and a few articles about spinning and dyeing.

There are incredible esoteric publications like the three part text for a correspondence course entitled,

Textile Dyeing (this link takes you to part one). These books appear to have been used by people pursuing a career in industrial dyeing.

There is so much more. Articles, books, and monographs for the handweaver and any textile artist or enthusiast. The items available on this site seem to be predominantly old and out-of-print. So they are not just gems, but rare gems.

Thank you to the University of Arizona for making this material available.

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