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Fiber Bibliography:

Baines, Patricia, Linen: Hand Spinning and Weaving. B.T. Batsford Ltd, 1989. ISBN 0-934026-52-1
*THE modern source on linen spinning & weaving

Baines, Patricia, Spinning Wheels: Spinners & Spinning. Robin & Russ Handweavers, Oregon.

Barber, Elizabeth Wayland, Women's Work: The First 20,000 Years: Women, Cloth and Society in Early Times. W.W. Norton & Company, New York: 1994. ISBN 0-393-31348-4
*All pre-SCA but such fun reading (and you can't beat the title)

Bonneville, Francois de, The Book of Fine Linen. Flammarion, Paris: 1994. ISBN 2-08013-557-0
*Mostly focuses on 19th century, but has some great pictures of Medieval and Medieval-style linens.

Crowfoot, Elisabeth; Pritchard, Frances; and Staniland, Kay. Textiles and Clothing c. 1150-1450. Medieval Finds from Excavations in London 4. Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London: 1992.
*Features one itsy-bitsy charred piece of linen in a really neat weave.

Leadbeater, Eliza, Handspinning. Select Books, Mountain View, MO: 1976. ISBN 910458-16-2
*Great pictures of harvesting and processing flax.

Liles, J.N., The Art and Craft of Natural Dyeing: Traditional Recipes for Modern Use. The University of Tennessee Press, Knoxville:1990. ISBN 0-87049-669-7 (cloth) 0-87049-670-0 (paper)
*THE best all-round historical AND how-to book on natural dying. Jim Liles is a fellow re-enactor (albeit 18th century) who understands the importance of maintaining traditional methods and produces amazing colors with them.

Markham, Gervase, The English Housewife. McGill-Queen's University Press, Buffalo: 1986. ISBN 0-7735-0582-2 (cloth) 0-7735-1103-2 (paper) [First Edition printed by Roger Jackson, 1615]
*Good almost-period source of instructions on growing and processing flax for fabric. Support my ancestors!

Wild, S. P., Textile Manufacture in the Northern Roman Provinces. Cambridge University Press, 1970. ISBN 0521074916
The title says it all - this is an in-depth study of Roman Era textiles with tables of archaeological finds of textiles and their related tools; whorls, distaffs, loom weights, wool combs, etc.

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This page created August 4, 2001

Last updated August 02, 2005