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Includes general resources covering anything having to do with textiles and fabrics

Selected Books

Humphries, Mary
Fabric Reference
q TS1445.H85 2009
This is the 4th edition of a comprehensive reference to basic textiles that tells you how fabrics behave and why.
Lawrence, Sarah
Wild Women: Stitched Art Brooches
TT212.L393 2008x
These crafts focus on embroidery, beading, wiring, and threading for making zany, funky, female-shaped jewelry.
Morita, Chizuko
Gift Wrapping with Textiles: Stylish Ideas from Japan
TT699.M67 2005
In Japanese culture, it is customary to put as much care into the wrapping of a gift as into choosing the gift itself. The way a gift is wrapped and the material in which it is presented are considered expressions of the giver's feeling toward the recipient.

Web Sites

  • Conner Prairie Museum Textile Collection
    A collection of home-made quilts, coverlets and sewing samplers from the Conner Prairie Interactive History Park in Fishers, Indiana.
  • Handweavers Guild of America
    An organization of weavers, spinners, dyers and basketmakers who share a passion for fiber
  • International Old Lacers
    A volunteer, non-profit association of people who make lace (recreating historic old laces, or designing and making contemporary pieces), study and collect antique lace.
  • International Year of Natural Fibres 2009
    The International Year of Natural Fibres was officially launched on 22 January 2009, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome. Natural fibers come from both animals (wool, silk, alpaca wool, camel hair) and plants (cotton, hemp, jute, flax, sisal).
  • Interweave
    Publishers of Handwoven (weaving), Spin-Off (spinning), Piece-Work (needlework), Interweave Knits (knitting), and Beadwork magazines
  • The Joy of Hand Spinning
    Information and supplies for the beginning and advanced handspinners. Their web site includes several video demonstrations to assist you in learning various techniques, along with articles of helpful information. Their online catalog provides spinning and carding equipment, fiber tops and rovings, natural dyes, books and more.
  • Textile Musuem
    Located in Washington DC, the museum is a center for scholarly research, conservation, interpretation and exhibition of textiles, with particular concern for the artistic, technical and cultural significance of its collections.
  • Textile Society of America
    The Textile Society of America provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of information about all aspects of textiles: historic, artistic, cultural, social, political, economic, and technical. Established in 1987, TSA is governed by a Board of Directors from museums and universities in North America. Its 500 members worldwide include museum curators, teachers, historians, artists, students, dealers, and collectors.

Pittsburgh Region

  • Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh
    The Fiberarts Guild of Pittsburgh is a nonprofit, member-supported organization that promotes the appreciation of fiber art and fosters its creative development and continuation. Every other year it sponsors the Fiberart International, a juried exhibition of fiber arts.
  • Pittsburgh Lace Group
    A not-for-profit organization whose purpose is to foster and promote interest in lace and lacemaking by providing a means for members to meet and exchange ideas and information, by offering demonstrations of lacemaking and exhibits of lace to the general public, and by providing programs and workshops on all aspects of lace, lacemaking, and related topics of interest to the members.
  • South Hills Textile Arts Guild
    An educational organization formed to encourage development of knowledge and ability in the textile arts with emphasis on those of the threaded needle.