Colonial Lake Books

Spinning, Dyeing and Weaving Books

All books 50% off the listed price.



The Ashford Book of Carding - $26.00
Jo Reeve. Tutorials: Flick carding; Hand carding; Drum carding; Fleece to sliver; Colour Blending; Fibre blending. Projects: Self-striping socks; Merino mittens; Triangular shawl; Merino and silk scarf. What more needs to be said? 92pp. Pb.

The Ashford Book of Handspinning - $26.00
Jo Reeve. Learn to hand spin with fibre artist Jo Reeve. Jo, the author of the very popular Ashford Book of Carding, has twenty-seven years of spinning experience and will show you how to spin from the beginning through to advanced techniques. Learn how to create unique yarns using different techniques and fibres and make five easy projects using your handspun yarn. Step by step instructions and gorgeous colour photographs will take you on a new journey of creativity. 116pp. Pb.

Ashford Booklet: Learn To Spin - $6.00
A small basic instruction manual in the art of spinning, from the makers of the famous Ashford wheels. 12pp, Pb.

The Practical Spinner's Guide: Rare Luxury Fibers - $29.00
Judith Mackenzie. From angora to bison, camel to cashmere, there's a whole world of rare luxury fibers just waiting to be spun! The go-to expert for fiber artists, Judith MacKenzie shares insights into working with uncommon (but readily available) luxury fibers in this comprehensive, yet practical, guide for today's spinners. With her natural voice for story telling that is both engaging and informative, she discusses the history of each of these fibers, how they are used today, characteristics unique to each, and where to find them. She also dives deep into the specific spinning techniques for each fiber, knitting and weaving rare fibers, and dying them once spun. 144pp. Pb.



A Dyer's Manual - $37.00
Jill Goodwin. An experimental dyer for over fifty years and well respected for her knowledge of dye plants and her work with woad, Jill published A Dyer's Manual in 1982. Following many requests a new edition has been produced, and her enthusiasm and interest can be shared with a new generation of dyers. Contents include: Preparation of Fibres, Mordants, Test Dyeing, Dyeing With Weeds, Dyes From the Garden, Ancient Dyes, Indigo, Lichen Dyes, Dyeing in Schools, Using Dyed Fibres, and an extensive chart of plants, and the colours they give with different mordants. 34 colour plates and many more illustrations.



The Ashford Book of Projects For the Eight Shaft Loom - $13.00
Elsa Krogh. This book contains a variety of techniques from twill variations in the Scandinavian tradition to multi shaft summer-&-winter and modern backed weaves. The new owner of an eight shaft loom and the experienced weaver will both find inspiration and challenges in this collection of place-mats, towels, shawls, wall hangings and suit material. 40pp. Pb.

The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving - $26.00
Rowena Hart. The revised edition of this book includes new techniques such as brooks bouquet, huck weaving, bronson lace and weaving with the second heddle kit. The author, an international weaving teacher, shows you how to create exciting, beautiful garments and crafts - all on the simple two harness loom. You are guided step-by-step through the many techniques, using color and texture. This loom is simple to use, light and compact. It will produce fabrics and tapestries to delight you - whether you are a novice or experienced weaver. 100pp. Pb.

Ashford Booklet: Learn to Weave on the Knitters Loom - $6.00
Ashford Learn to Weave & Spin booklets are easy to follow, providing full colour step-by-step instructions.

Ashford Booklet: Learn to Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom - $6.00
Ashford Learn to Weave & Spin booklets are easy to follow, providing full colour step-by-step instructions.

Ashford Booklet: Learn to Weave on the Table Loom - $6.00
With full, step-by-step instructions and colour photographs our latest addition to the “Learn to” series will show you how to quickly and easily prepare a warp, dress and thread your loom. These booklets are easy to follow, providing full colour step-by-step instructions.

Clothing From the Hands That Weave - $70.00
Anita Luvera Mayer. This is a remarkable book that traces the history of weaving and fashion from the beginning of time through the modern era. Part memoir, part weaving instruction, part historical textbook, it will educate and inspire you. Detailed descriptions and analyses of ancient clothing styles and construction techniques are combined with wildly creative and exciting ideas for updating and adapting them. From simple loom-shaped rectangles to a stunning, entirely hand-woven wardrobe, this book has got it all. Filled to the brim with notes, tips, patterns, and more, Clothing from the Hands that Weave is truly one-of-a-kind among weaving books. 170pp. Pb.

Pattern Weaves on the Lacis Square Loom Booklet - $10.00
A collection of patterns and textured weaves which can be made with a Pin Loom/Weavette/Zoom Loom/etc. An edited version of the "Weave-It Weaves Booklet". 20pp. Pb.

Simple Woven Garments - $39.00
Sara Goldenberg & Jane Patrick. Fun and wearable weaving patterns! This is both a pattern book and an idea book for creating simple woven shapes and turning them into everyday, highly wearable fashions. Readers will enjoy classic woven styles and nods to today's style trends in a collection of 20 woven garments (and 4 variations) for the weaver. This guide will help weavers create fabric that works for the intended garment, is easy to weave, and is above all beautiful. Authors Sara Goldenberg and Jane Patrick explore techniques such as yarn usage, spaced warps, felting, pick-up weaving patterns, finger-control weaving techniques, and embellishments. Weavers will enjoy creating garments including wraps and tops, ranging from easy shawls with a twist to woven sweaters. Woven squares, rectangles, and strips are assembled into easy-sew garments with minimal finishing. 152pp. Pb.

Twill And Tabby Weaving On The Warp-Weighted Loom - $69.00
Antoinette Merete Olsen. This book tells you all you need to know about how to weave twill and tabby weaves on the warp-weighted loo. You will also learn about the Tegle find, the Lendbreen tunic, and how the Sami people wove their Grene rugs. 142pp. Hb.

Weaving You Can Wear - $30.00
Jean Wilson. This book is about how to weave and use handwoven cloth to make a coptic tunic, mexican huipil, himalayan sherpa coat, african shirt, south american poncho, huichol indian pocketbelt and many more items. 128pp. Pb.

The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms - $22.00
Noreen Crone-Findlay. This book features bags in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from the petite Beaded Amulet Pouch to the voluminous carryall, The Grand Duchess. Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms. Even if you've never woven before, the tips, tips and techniques in this book will quickly have you weaving squares, triangles and rectangles that can then be assembled into wonderful one-of-a-kind projects. 128pp. Pb.


Tablet and Inkle Weaving

A Tablet Weaver's Pattern Book - $65.00
Mullarkey, Holtzer, Hoffman, Treumann & White. This is a book containing a collection of threaded-in tablet weaving patterns. This is not a How-To book. On each page is a draft, and a graphic of how the band will look when woven. All of the drafts have one or more graphics of variations that can also be woven by changing the turning sequence or threading of the cards. The book begins with patterns with just a few cards and continues to patterns with more than 50 cards. The book includes more than 200 patterns to explore and weave with some full page photos of actual woven bands. 87pp. Pb.

Ashford Booklet: Learn to Weave on the Inkle Loom - $7.00
Ashford Learn to Weave & Spin booklets are easy to follow, providing full colour step-by-step instructions.

Please Weave A Message - $75.00
Linda Hendrickson. Instructions and graphs for Tablet-Woven Calligraphy using the double-faced weave for letters based on 6 Roman alphabets. 144pp. Sb.

Weaving With Small Appliances Book II - Tablet Weaving - $62.00
Luther Hooper. The art of tablet weaving is pre-historic, and has been practised generally all over the world throughout history. Many kinds of beautiful braids and narrow webs are still woven by this simple method in remote places where the primitive traditional arts and crafts still survive. The authors interest in this subject was further stimulated by seeing a tapestry in the V&A Museum in 1921 of which the central figure, the Virgin Mary, is depicted weaving an elaborate lace on a tablet loom. After much studing of the technique and the capacity of the little appliance the author presents the outcome of the experiments clearly in this books pages. This book was originally published in 1923. 82pp. Pb.


Nalbinding, Nalbindning, Naalbinding, Needle Binding

Lessons in Nalbinding 3: Mittens, Mittens, Mittens - $66.00
Larry Schmitt. An exploration of the traditional Scandinavian Nalbinding mittens, including six mitten patterns, four nalbinding stitches, and the historical background. 31pp, Pamphlet.

Lessons in Nalbinding 4: Lots of Socks - $64.00
Larry Schmitt. A study of socks worked in nalbinding. The patterns presented are based on the observation of old nalbound socks, which have been worn in a variety of places and times. 61pp. SB.

Nalbindning: The Easiest, Clearest Ever Guide - $53.00
Nalbindning is an ancient technique used to produce hats, socks, mittens and other woolen goods using a single short needle and lengths of woolen yarn. Although later superceded by knitting, a tecnique that uses 2 needles instead of one, nålbindning produces garments of a superior quality with stitches that do not run if snagged and a weave that is more dense and therefore easier to felt, providing maximum protection from cold or moisture. It is for this reason that the nalbindning tecnique was still used until very recently in some parts of Scandinavia. This instruction book has full colour pictures throughout and step-by-step instructions in both English and Swedish designed for the absolute beginner to learn this ancient tecnique. 19pp. Pb.

New Age Looping: A Handbook For Fibre Artists - $37.00
Donna Kallner. Older than weaving, knitting and crochet, looping is a living legacy from the Stone Age that contemporary fiber artists give their own spin. Looping creates a fabric so stable it will not unravel. It’s ideal handwork for travel and times when you have frequent distractions. Rediscover this exciting and versatile technique, and begin your own New Age of exploration. Learn looping techniques and variations you can use with many different fibers to create bags, garments, vessels and more. In-depth instructions help you master tension control and shaping. Sample projects help you get started, and you learn to design projects of your own. See how this ancient craft continues to evolve, and become part of a timeless tradition. This book focuses on uses for basic looping (basic naalbinding) as Donna has experimented with and interpreted the technique for modern fiber artists. The book is spiral bound so it lies flat. It’s packed with illustrations. Sample projects are pictured in color, but instructions emphasize ways to adapt a basic idea to your own style and materials. 115pp. Sb.

Turning Heels - $43.00
Erika Thomenius. Good step-by-step black and white photos teach you how to do the Russian stitch, and then how to use it to naalbind five different heel constructions. Also covers the Josephine knot start. 34pp. Sb.