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Published: 26 October 2018

By Andy Ross

A Handweavers Pattern Book

A book has been donated to the library: A Handweavers Pattern Book by Marguerite P Davison. 

This beautiful tome, is a reprint of a 1944 book, published in Pennsylvania, USA. At the start of the week a friend came into the studio and left the book, having discovered it in a cupboard while he was clearing out. What a fantastic gift! Thank you, Nigel. 

The book is full of patterns for many fabrics, all created on a four shafts, and showing the huge diversity that weave presents to any designer. It is profusely illustrated with meticulous details about the weaving of each cloth, and has a wonderful mid-century feel to it. 

At the start of the book is a frontispiece What Art Means To Me. It is a little over-the-top but fits in with the book's ethos of handmade. I reproduce it here for your delectation, dear readers!