What's In Your Library? Should You Add These Titles?

If you’re looking to expand on your fibre arts library, you’ll want to be sure that it’s a book that you’ll go back to again and again. To help you along, I’m going through the books in my local library and seeing what’s there and whether or not I’d add them to my personal reference library and whether or not you should too.

I’m reviewing two books in this blog post.

The Spinner’s Companion by Bobbie Irwin

Publisher:  Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, c2001

ISBN: 9781883010799 



This book is spiral bound with metal rings and its back cover is designed so that it forms a stand that lets you flip the pages and view it hands free. It has a lot of basic information about spinning.

I do love the tables such as:

Twists per inch
Characteristics of some commercial yarns
Fiber characteristics
Susceptibility to

Each of these tables is a handy reference that is clear, concise and well laid out.

If you’re really new to this craft and don’t yet have any books on spinning, then this is a good one to buy.


If you already have other books on spinning then you already have all the topics covered here. The only thing you might gain is the information contained in the tables.

I wouldn’t recommend purchasing this text.

The Weekend Crafter - Macrame – 20 Great Projects To Knot by Jim Gentry

Publisher: New York : Lark Books, c2002

ISBN: 9781579902803 

If you’re of a certain age, you’ll remember the 70s when macramé was THE thing. As they say, everything old is new again and macramé is no exception. What I like about resurgences is that there’s always a new spin on it; whether it be colour combinations or textures or using different materials.


I’d not done macramé before and decided to try my hand at it. As much as I’m adept at many crafts, when it came to following diagrams for macramé, I found I had little patience to figure them out.

That’s no longer the case after using this book. It showed me how to make an inexpensive knotting board. The author used a piece of fiberboard ceiling tile. I didn’t have one so I put 4 pieces of foam core together and used that instead.

After the knotting board came basic knots. This was the part I liked best. Yes. There were the typical diagrams AND a picture of the strands in their knots and laid out before tightening. The pictures made it so much easier to understand the diagrams.

The projects were easy but looked polished – like you were an expert at this craft.

I liked the look of the hat band but transformed it into a bracelet. That was the beauty of these projects. With a few small adjustments you could use the instructions to make something different.

I would add this book to my library.


My only disappointment was the number of projects. I’d have liked more of them to work from.

I’d still add this book to my library.

Do you have a reference text that you can't live without? Please let me know.

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All the best,


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