Information and Resources

Community


DesignsToLove

DesignsToLove is an online craft gallery and community dedicated to helping craft enthusiasts from around the world connect, showcase their work, share their passion, learn from each other and have heaps of fun.


Ravelry

Ravelry is a place for knitters, crocheters, designers, spinners and dyers to keep track of their yarn, tools and pattern information and look to others for ideas and inspiration. The content is all user-driven; the community make the site what it is.


Mailing Lists


All Fiber Arts: Mailing Lists

Mailing lists related to weaving, spinning, drop spindles, tapestry, fibre production and fibre arts.


anzweavespin Mailing List

This list is primarily for spinners, weavers and other textile lovers from Australia and New Zealand. It is intended to provide a forum to discuss projects, events, fibre and yarn resources and anything else connected with spinning and weaving in Australia and New Zealand.


Sprang Mailing List

This group is for discussion of Sprang, an old string craft that is used to make sashes, bags, hairnets, socks, even hammocks. People are invited to share information about sprang both modern and historical.


WeaveTech Mailing List

The WeaveTech list is designed to provide a focused, intelligent,and quality dialogue on structure, technical matters (including computers in the context of weaving), color, design, and professional pursuits related to weaving. This is a forum for serious weavers, both professional and avocational, who seek associates who are equally committed to the craft of weaving.


Marketplace


Etsy

Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling all things handmade. Their mission is to enable people to make a living making things, and to reconnect makers with buyers. Their vision is to build a new economy and present a better choice: Buy, Sell, and Live Handmade.


Spoonflower

Spoonflower make it possible for individuals to design, print and sell their own fabric, wallpaper, decals and gift wrap. It was founded in May 2008 by two Internet geeks who had crafty wives but who knew nothing about textiles.


Podcasts


Cast-On

Brenda Dayne’s knitting podcast. though there have been a few recent revivals from Brenda, this podcast is not updated regularly any longer. The older ones are worth a listen still. She has great podcastability.


KnitCast

Marie Irshad’s knitting podcast


Knitting News Cast

Rhonda’s podcast especially for knitters. Each episode brings you latest knitting news along with reviews of knitting web sites, knitting patterns, knitting books, yarn, stitches and more.


Pink of Perfection

The Pink of Perfection is a great crafty video blog.


The Knit Girllls

A long running video cast by two women in USA. Since this is a videocast, there is the ability to see the spinning and knitting as it progresses.


The Knit Girllls


Sticks & String

A podcast by David Reidy, an Australian bloke who knits. Though this is no longer in production the old ones are good.


Weaving


Weaving on simple equipment

For information and inspiration in the use of weave-it squares.


Publications


Craft:Blog

Craft Magazine has a blog of crafty articles.


Interweave Press

Interweave Press are the publishers of Handwoven and Spin Off.


Kiddley

Kiddley is published almost daily and is brimming with bright ideas, fun projects, links to great web finds and quick tips for parents to take away and enjoy with their kids.


Knitty

Knitty is a quarterly web published knitter’s magazine.


Webside

Webside is an online weaving magazine.


Reference: General


Knitting at About

A large collection of links, including free patterns, as well as a felting section.


Resil Chemicals: Textile Dictionary

Resil Chemicals have an online Textile Dictionary that makes an excellent resource.


Yarndex: The Yarn Directory

Yarndex, the ultimate yarn resource, features profiles of over 5,000 yarns. Yarndex is primarily a reference site.


Reference: Braiding


Japanese Textiles from a Westerner’s perspective

A commentary on Kumihimo braiding and Japanese textiles.


weavershand

An information page for weavers. Specifically for those interested in Tablet Weaving, Kumihimo, and Ply-splitting.


Reference: Colour


Adobe Kuler: Colour Scheme Tool


Behr: Paint Colours

Behr paints have an online tools for visualising interior and exterior colour schemes that can be useful for many other projects.


Colour Scheme Generator

Generator of colour schemes and palettes to create good-looking and well balanced and harmonic web pages.


House of Tartan: Interactive Weaver Tartan Generator

House of Tartan’s Interactive Tartan Weaver lets you experiment with colours and thread counts and produce an image.


Random Stripe Generator

A script to generate random stripe patterns for knitting jumpers, scarves, blankets, etc.


Reference: Crochet


Crochet at About

A large collection of links, including free patterns, as well as stitches and techniques.


Learn to Crochet Video Series

NexStitch offers free crochet video tutorials to further the art of crochet, as well as aid the beginner crochet enthusiast in learning this craft. They currently have Traditional and Tunisian videos available.


Reference: Fashion


Fashion Link

A resource to support our fashion teaching and learning.


Reference: Free Patterns


Berroco

Berroco has a bevy of free patterns available on their site, including an extensive list of crochet patterns.


Crochet at About

Crochet at About has a large collection of free patterns.


Handweaving.net

Handweaving.net is a weaving draft archive containing more than 50,000 weaving drafts. Each draft includes the standard threading, tieup, treadling and colour drawdown. Drafts can be viewed, printed, and downloaded in WIF format.


Interweave Press

Interweave Press have special projects and articles available online in beading, knitting, needlework, spinning and weaving.


Knitting at About

Knitting at About has a large collection of free patterns.


Knitting Pattern Central

Knitting Pattern Central is an online directory featuring thousands of links to free knitting patterns.


Patons [Canada]

Patons have free patterns and techniques available.


Straw

Straw offers free patterns.


Reference: Spinning


The Joy of Handspinning

Provides information on all manner of fibres and spinning, including videos, for handspinners.