Book Reviews

Book Reviews

Designing Woven Fabrics, by Janet Phillips, 2009

Designing Woven Fabrics, by Janet Phillips

I love this new book in our library.
Everyone loves gamps, right? Well Janet begins the book with a 4 shaft 25 inch wide gamp with various threadings including a crammed
and spaced sample and 13 lifting plans and enough warp (4.5 yds) to experiment with your own designs. In the rest of the book, she
develops many of the samples into very nice fabrics varying some of the elements of design, discussing how she evolved this fabric from the gamp. She includes a small section on collapse fabrics as well as a section on design and using colors.
I would recommend this book to new and experienced weavers. It’s full of great ideas.

Submitted by Judy Lepthien, June 2014




Books in the Circulation Library on Natural Dyeing

Traditional Scottish Dyes and How to Make Them, Jean Fraser, 1883

Traditional Scottish Dyes, and how to make them
by Jean Fraser

This is a wonderful book of dye recipes from plants found in Scotland, many of which can be found in Colorado. Basic dyeing and mordanting procedures are covered. Also included is a chart of colors and the plants that will give them.

reviewed by Terri Veragen, September, 2013





Weeds and Wool, Kelly Keller Baker, 1976

Weeds and Wool: A Natural Dye Sampler, by Kelley Keller Baker

Weed and Wool is an excellent sample book of dye plants found in New Mexico and the Rocky Mountain region. Included are illustrations and samples of 16 plants, as well as samples for each of the yarns dyed using 5 different mordants. [The yarn sample on one page is unfortunately missing.]

reviewed by Terri Veragen, September, 2013




Weeds: A Guide for Dyers and Herbalists, Anne Bliss, 1978

Weeds: A Guide for Dyers, by Anne Bliss

Anne Bliss first gives a brief description of how to use common weeds as dyestuffs and basic mordanting and dyeing procedures. She then proceeds to describe 50 common plants, giving not only dyeing information but also medicinal, historical, and other uses. The book is an excellent reference, providing a satisfying use for those dandelions, lambsquarters, and bindweed in your garden.

reviewed by Terri Veragen, September, 2013