Books on the Textile Arts


December 3, 2021

746. Books on the textile arts

Further Reading

Leslie Ann Bestor Cast On, Bind Off: 54 Step-by-Step Methods, 2012.

Every knitter must understand how to cast on and bind off. Leslie Ann Bestor shares over 50 ways to start and finish a knitting project while evaluating when it’s best to use each.

John Chaich Queer Threads: Crafting Identity and Community, 2017.

Thirty artists who work in fiber crafts share unique methods and creations. While the works are interesting, the focus is on their context within the LGBTQ communities.

Elaine Eskesen Dyeing to Knit: How to Use and Create Your Own Beautiful Hand-Dyed Yarns, 2005.

Knitting shop owner Elaine Eskesen demonstrates how to hand-dye yarns and use them in your projects. She encourages creativity.

Lynette Jensen Thimbleberries Big Book of Quilt Blocks, 2006.

After explaining quilting basics, Lynette Jensen provides 60 block designs so you can assemble them into five beautiful quilts.

Candace Kling The Artful Ribbon: Beauties in Bloom, 1996.

Ribbon work is an old art form, and Candace Kling shows you how to make various blooms,  leaves, and more.

Marcia Lewandowski Folk Mittens: Techniques and Patterns for Handknitted Mittens, 1997.

Lewandowski borrows mitten patterns from all over the globe in this detailed explanation of how to make them. She also provides techniques and information on how to finish and size them.

Janet Pittman Applique: The Basics and Beyond: The Complete Guide to Successful Machine and Hand Techniques with Dozens of Designs to Mix and Match, 2006.

Janet Pittman covers everything you need to know to get started making applique projects. She advises on required equipment, techniques and includes seven specific projects for practice.

Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, ed. Encyclopedia of Embroidery from the Arab World, 2016.

From North Africa to the Middle East, the Arab world produced lavish and intricate embroidery for centuries. This is the first reference to provide the history of the traditions and their place in society.

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