Trevor Passmore has been doing some research over the years on ancient looms and came across an e-book which he found very helpful; Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms, by H. Ling Roth, and the best thing is that it is free, only a small book but covers the topic very well.
Ancient Egyptian and Greek Looms by H Ling Roth — Project Gutenberg
The Internet Archive has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Foot-Power Loom Weaving by Edward F Worst.
First published in 1920.
The suggestions offered in this manual are for those who believe that the more advanced weaving should be pursued as a most wholesome occupation and that it should again, in the near future, find a place not only in the school but also in the home. Few lines of occupation furnish more excellent opportunity for color combination and design than does the craft of weaving.
Foot-Power Loom Weaving by Edward F Worst — Internet Archive
Richard Rutt is a scholar and former bishop who is widely known for his classic book ‘A history of hand knitting’, published by Batsford in 1987. Rutt’s library of books, journals, magazines, patterns and cuttings specifically on knitting is held at Winchester School of Art Library. This follows his wish to donate his library to the University of Southampton in order to join it with Montse Stanley’s Knitting Collections as an acknowledgement of their shared interest in knitting and their consequent long standing friendship.
A particular distinction and strength of his collection is the range and number of nineteenth century knitting books which commenced publication in the 1830s. They may be seen as a precursor of the contemporary knitting pattern and the “how-to-knit” books which are still being published, over 180 years later.
In addition, his library includes a comprehensive run of the knitting magazine Stitchcraft dating from the 1930s to the 1980s which richly illustrates the changing graphic image and layout of knitting patterns through the decades of the twentieth century. He also had an interest in Scandinavian and Korean knitting which is reflected in his collection.
Digital Resources from the Knitting Reference Library WSA — University of Southampton
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Instruction book on ring spinning by Francis L Lincoln.
First published in 1885.
The object of this little book is to give help and instruction to those who are engaged in this department of mill work. It imparts that knowledge which only years of thorough study and observation can give. It has been carefully prepared by an experienced Spinner, who has given years of study to it, in order to benefit and help those who are interested in the Spinning department.
Instruction book on ring spinning by Francis L Lincoln — Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: The Invention of the Sewing Machine by Grace Rogers Cooper.
First published in 1968 by the United States National Museum.
It had no instrument panel with push-button controls. It was not operated electronically or jet-propelled. But to many 19th-century people the sewing machine was probably as awe-inspiring as a space capsule is to their 20th-century descendants. It was expensive, but, considering the work it could do and the time it could save, the cost was more than justified. The sewing machine became the first widely advertised consumer appliance, pioneered instalment buying and patent pooling, and revolutionized the ready-made clothing industry. It also weathered the protests of those who feared the new machine was a threat to their livelihood.
The Invention of the Sewing Machine by Grace Rogers Cooper — Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Hand-Loom Weaving: A Manual for School and Home by Mattie Phipps Todd.
First published in 1902 by Rand, McNally & Company.
Being practically agreed as to what shall be the first industrial work in the primary school, the next great question is the how. With large numbers of little children in her own schoolroom, the author of this manual has long sought a satisfactory answer. Believing that the results of her study and experience will be helpful to others in suggesting possibilities, and in stimulating thought, as well as in practical teaching and time-saving, she sends forth this little book with the earnest hope that it may in these ways be of real service.
Hand-Loom Weaving: A Manual for School and Home by Mattie Phipps Todd — Project Gutenberg
Those of you interested in herbs both culinary, medicinal and just plain useful might like to visit www.abouthyme.com which is the home of the fictional China Bayles mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert.
The books feature the eponymous China Bayles who quit her law practice to run a herbal garden and gift store and who with her flamboyant, crystal gazing and occasionally clairvoyant friend Ruby solves local murders and mysteries. Sounds a bit famous five I know but they are well written, interesting and entertaining books, each one focusing on a particular herbal theme and usually containing a few interesting herbal recipes and folklore and sometimes a few spinning and dyeing themes. However you don’t have to read the books to appreciate the web site. There’s a good lot of culinary and medicinal recipes, growing hints and every so often something for spinners and weavers such as the following:
Don Wagner has a weaving book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Pattern and Loom: A Practical Study of the Development of Weaving Techniques in China, Western Asia, and Europe by John Becker.
First published in 1986.
Pattern and Loom: A Practical Study of the Development of Weaving Techniques in China, Western Asia, and Europe by John Becker — Publications by Don Wagner
Project Gutenberg has a new book available for free download that may be of interest to Guild members: Two Centuries of Costume in America, Volume 1 (1620-1820) by Alice Morse Earle.
Two Centuries of Costume in America, Volume 1 (1620-1820) by Alice Morse Earle — Project Gutenberg