Library

We have easily over 1,200 items in our collection, which Guild members may borrow for a month at no cost. The range of material is broad thanks to donations from personal libraries and support from the Guild budget every year. The library is well organized by topic using a decimal system and can be searched by author, title, or subject area.

The collection is geared to the varied interests of fibre enthusiasts: weaving, spinning, knitting, dyeing, basketry, colour theory, and surface design to name a few general topics. We have resources on the old: overshot, summer & winter, as well as the new: collapse weave and devore. You can find information on how to choose a fleece and how to comb, draft, and spin amazing yarns. Read book reviews by members

Collection highlights

  • hard to find classics by well-known authors such as Dorothy K. Burnham, Helene Bress, and Peter Collingwood
  • current Interweave publications by popular authors like Sharon Alderman and Jacey Boggs
  • many rare and out of print volumes and early monographs
  • instructional DVDs
  • magazines: Handwoven, Spin Off, and Sweden’s Vav Magasinet
  • membership publications: Fibre Focus from Ontario Handweavers & Spinners (OHS), Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot (Handweavers Guild of America), and the GCW Bulletin (Guild of Canadian Weavers)
  • OHS Master Weavers Studies donated by the author/member
  • back issues of early publications now out of print such as Loom Music, Heddle, Weaver’s and Weavers Journal. All are excellent sources of wisdom and early sociological insights.