Handwoven Laces

According to the Needlecraft Book Service, which is a mail order company specialising in craft books Handwoven Laces by Donna Muller is back in print. Their blurb reads: Pretty lace weaves have been polular for both fine linens of all kinds and for art weaving.
Donna starts with basic interlacements to show how unrelated structures can be developed in a logical way to give you the power to design with confidence. In-depth chapters explain how to use traditional pattterns (spot lace/Bronson, Swedish lace, basket/canvas weave, 4-shaft/multi shaft huck) or create new ones. Charts and colour photos aid identification and understanding. Save $15 with Member’s Price of $19.95.
The catalogue also offers Knitting with Wire by Nancie Wiseman, The Art of Fair Isle Knitting by Ann Feitelson, Handmade Silk Paper by Kath Russon and many more.
Telephone 03 9596 8743 or email for a catalogue.


There’s a new magazine out from Interweave Press — Knitscene
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Shadow Knitting: September Book Review

Shadow Knitting by Vivian Høxbro is a new addition to the Guild library.
Shadow Knitting, aka hidden or optical knitting is a simple but effective technique for creating a raised pattern in your knitting using a combination of garter and stockinette stitches and light and dark coloured yarns. The secret design is revealed when you look at the knitted fabric from different angles. Vivian says that the technique creates more subtle patterning than say Fair Isle or Intarsia. She was inspired by a Japanese knit.

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Yarn Magazine

YARN Magazine is a quarterly print magazine with a difference: intelligent, well-written articles, original patterns and a sense of humour threaded through. It is available via subscription, Australian yarn stores and in newsagents nationwide. The magazine’s web site features a free 24-page sample issue.
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Creative Knitting Magazine

There is a write-up on the Guild in the Spring issue of Creative Knitting Magazine. It hits the shelves 31 August.
Anthea Stewart

Pluckyfluff’s Handspun Revolution

Handspun Revolution takes a new look at an old craft. It presents handspinning as a highly creative, artistic endeavour.
Handspun Revolution is a simply written how-to book for very unusual handspun yarns. Addressing a growing movement of cutting edge spinners, this book discusses the role of creative thinking in the craft of handspinning. This book is purpousfully spartan. Volumes have already been written on the nuts and bolts of spinning. Handspun Revolution covers only the very essential topics of spinning, and these are discussed frankly, casually and often in the format of tips and notes. The driving message of the book is the liberation of ones preconceived notions of what a yarn is. It tries to teach the reader to break the rules they’ve learned and push their own personal boundaries in spinning. Seventeen original, never before published techniques are covered with easy instructions and beautiful color pictures.
Price is US$48, including postage to Australia.
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Library Report

The borrowing fee has been dropped back to 20 cents per book per month. We hope this encourages more members to take advantage of our library. The sting in the tail (tale) is that overdue fees will be $1 per book per month to encourage you to come back and borrow more books or to let the librarian know that you want to extend your loan period another month.

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Library Update

Hi everybody, as you may know by now, I have agreed to take on the role of Librarian with Pat staying on as helper.
I would like to remind you that the Guild subscribes to a large number of magazines — Spin Off, Knitters, Threads, Handwoven, Vav and Piecework — to name just some of them. We also subscribe to the Textile Fibre Forum magazine, published by TAFTA, The Australian Forum for Textile Arts, which is always full of colour, inspiration and information regarding anything textile.
Please come up on a Thursday between 12.00pm and 4.00pm, to have a browse and borrow.
See you soon.
Brigitte Seiber

Library Report

There are several magazines and books missing from the library so if you are doing any late spring cleaning during the holidays and you happen to find any of these items we would welcome their return with an amnesty on fines in the new year.
We have bought a new paperback book called Shibori: The Art of Fabric Tying, Folding, Pleating and Dyeing by Elfriede Moller. It combines silk dyeing techniques with shibori and has clear instructions and plenty of photographs.
Brigitte, Myree and I wish you a happy New Year.
Patricia Buick

Book Club with a Twist

When Gina Sirabella proposed a book club devoted to books with a textile theme I was a bit dubious that we would find many. How wrong I have been! Book Club with a Twist has now been in existence since August and so far we have argued / queried / discussed both online and over coffee the following books, with an ever-increasing list for the future:
Tracy Chevalier: Lady and the Unicorn
Mary Webb: Precious Bane
Dai Sijie: Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Margaret Atwood: Alias Grace
Kate Grenville: The Idea of Perfection
And coming up:
January 2004: The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter
February 2004: The Carpet Wars by Christopher Kremmer

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