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Published: 02 April 2016

By Andy Ross

New books for the library

Aren't we lucky to live in a world where good books are so easy to find? Here are the latest additions to the library.

In the main, we buy on eBay, ABE books and Alibris. It is amazing what you can find! 

This picture is by Violet A Aldous and comes from an edition of The Studio called Modern Embroidery. Our copy of the book has been rebound in leather with tooled title on the spine, and was published in 1933 in London. A fantastic glimpse into the textile art and craft that was around at the time.  

A rather dry but still fascinating little book called The History and Manufacture of Floorcloth and Linoleum has also been added. Printed in 1918 from a paper presented "before the Bristol Section of the Society of Chemical Industry at the University", apparently there were a set of slides that went along with this presentation. Perhaps those can also be found somewhere to go along with the book...

Egyptian Landscapes - weavings from the Ramses Wissa Wassef School is a catalogue of an exhibition presented in 1985/ 86 in London, Newcastle, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Swansea and is a brief history of the school and the tapestry and batik work in the show. Did any of our readers see the exhibition? If so, please email and let us know what you thought. Included in the catalogue is a poster and a postcard of one of the pieces, so I guess that this little publication was a remembrance of someone who saw the tapestries. 

We also have a copy now of Weaving for Amateurs, number 24 in the "How to do it" series of books. Full of drawings, technical diagrams and photographs, the book explains in simple terms how to weave and was originally the property of Dundee College of Art/ Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. It is not in perfect condition but is a lovely book to have nevertheless. 

If you would like to use the library - we do not loan books out but you are very welcome to come along to the studio and browse/ research - please email us to make an appointment.