Library News

Don’t forget to look at the newsletters, which we receive from local textile organisations, and also from America and New Zealand. They have news of exhibitions, book reviews and Creative Fibre, which is from the New Zealand Spinning, Weaving and Woolcrafts Society, has interesting colour photos of work as well.
I was surprised to see the Tasmanian Guild welcoming a whole page of new members, perhaps they had an open day as well!
We bought five new books from Anne Miller on Open Day: Domino Knitting by Vivian Hoxbro, An Australian Afghan by the Kurringai Branch of the Knitters Guild.
Color Works: The Crafter’s Guide to Color by Deb Menz, Men in Knits: Sweaters to Knit That He Will Wear by Tara Jon Manning, also The Best of Weaver’s: Thick ‘n Thin by Madelyn Van Der Hoogt.
We will have lots of second-hand books and magazines for sale. If you are unsure how much it is to borrow a book after all our changes, it is now 30 cents per book per month — Patricia Buick

A Love-Spinning?

It was at a love-spinning that I saw Kester first… if those that mayhappen will read this don’t know what a love-spinning was, they shall hear in good time.
The introduction to Precious Bane by Mary Webb tells us that our Book Club With A Twist book will be rather interesting this month! And before long the Shropshire dialect was hardly noticeable (Dunna drink while she’s by. It’ll p’ison yer innards.).
The story is told through the eyes of Prudence Sarn (with the hare-shotten lip which is considered by her superstitious neighbours as the sign of the devil!) in the years after the Battle of Waterloo. A rural novel in the English romantic tradition, in which Prue is transported from her hard life to find happiness with a man who sees beyond her physical appearance — Kester Woodseaves, the weaver.
As for the love-spinning… you’ll have to read the book!
If you’d like to join the online group or meet with us each month to discuss these books (all with some reference to textiles), please e-mail me at Country members are encouraged to join the online group… our next book is Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie — via Gina Sirabella

Book Club with a Twist: August Book Review

The Lady and the Unicorn by Tracy Chevalier.
Two families, two cities, one rogue go-between, and a set of gorgeous tapestries, all in a late medieval setting!
On the 1 August, a group gathered at the round table in the QVB Tea Rooms to launch the Book Club With A Twist (more about the twist later). The Tea Rooms were a pleasant surprise — and what an amazing space, very tall and beautifully understated. The QVB was once the home of the City of Sydney library before the madness of the push to tear the building down. Luckily that madness was overlooked and we have a most wonderful setting to enjoy.

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