Edinburgh Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers




The listed items of equipment are held by the Guild and can be borrowed by members for a £50 deposit and £10 monthly charge except tapestry looms £10 deposit and no monthly charge. The charge assists with the upkeep of equipment and other expenses.

Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel Picture

Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel

Not all of the equipment will be brought to each meeting. If you would like to borrow something particular, please email (see Contact page) in advance. Otherwise speak to someone on the committee (see Committee page) at a meeting.


"Reference only" books will be taken to every meeting along with the books relevant to that month's Interest Group.

The loan fee is £1 per book per month and members should email in advance (see Contact page) if they want to borrow a book that won't be brought to that month's meeting, e.g. they want to borrow a weaving book in a month when there is no Weaving Interest Group.

DyeingREF ONLYGrierson, SuThe Colour Cauldron
DyeingREF ONLYThurstan, ViolettaThe Use of Vegetable Dyes
DyeingREF ONLYRice, Miriam CMushrooms for Color
KnittingREF ONLYLeCount, Cynthia GravelleAndean Folk Knitting: Traditions and Techniques from Peru and Bolivia
KnittingREF ONLYDandanell, Birgitta & Danielsson UllaTwined Knitting: A Swedish Folkcraft Technique
SpinningREF ONLYRoss, MabelThe Essentials of Yarn Design for Handspinners
SpinningREF ONLYPauli, KarenThe Care and Feeding of Spinning Wheels
WeavingREF ONLYDavison, Marguerite PorterA Handweaver's Source Book: A Selection of 146 Patterns from the Laura M Allen Collection
WeavingREF ONLYTovey, JohnWeaves and Pattern Drafting
WeavingREF ONLYBradley, LaviniaInkle Weaving: A Comprehensive Manual
WeavingREF ONLYTrotzig, LivWeaving Bands: Woven bands, table bands, plaited bands, insertion bands
WeavingREF ONLYCollingwood, PeterPeter Collingwood: His Weaves and Weaving
WeavingREF ONLYCollingwood, PeterRug Weaving Techniques: Beyond the Basics
CrochetC1Cosh, Sylvia & Walters, JamesThe Crochet Workbook (Workbooks)
EmbroideryE1Sarja, ToinenKauniita (Finnish Embroidery)
KnittingK1Brown, Larissa & Brown, Martin JohnKnitalong: Celebrating the Tradition of Knitting Together
KnittingK2Harrell, BetsyAnatolian Knitting Designs
KnittingK3Starmore, AliceAran Knitting
KnittingK4Starmore, AliceAlice Starmore's Book of Fair Isle Knitting
KnittingK5Feitelson, AnnThe Art of Fair Isle Knitting: History, Technique, Color & Patterns
KnittingK6McGregor, SheilaThe Complete Book of Traditional Fair Isle Knitting
KnittingK7Pagoldh, SusanneNordic Knitting: Thirty One Patterns in the Scandinavian Tradition
KnittingK8Starmore, AlicePacific Coast Highway
KnittingK9Khmeleva, Galina & Noble, Carol RGossamer Webs: The History and Techniques of Orenburg Lace Shawls
KnittingK10Stove, MargaretCreating Original Hand-knitted Lace
KnittingK11Lewis, Susanna EKnitting Lace: A Workshop with Patterns and Projects
KnittingK12Harvey, Michael & Compton, RaeFisherman Knitting
KnittingK13Starmore, AliceFishermen's Sweaters
KnittingK14Ligon, Linda (edited by)Homespun Handknit: Caps, Socks, Mittens & Gloves
KnittingK15Zimmermann, ElizabethElizabeth Zimmermann's Knitter's Almanac
KnittingK16Zimmermann, ElizabethKnitting Around
KnittingK17Zimmermann, ElizabethKnitting without Tears
DyeingD1Buchanan, RitaA Weaver's Garden
DyeingD2Davenport, Elsie GYour Yarn Dyeing: A Book for Handweavers and Spinners
DyeingD3Wickens, HettyNatural Dyes for Spinners and Weavers
DyeingD4Dean, JennyNatural Dyeing without Chemicals
DyeingD5Cameron, Nancy FoyWoad: Its history, how to grow it, how it works, how to get colour out of it
DyeingD6Schultz, KathleenCreate Your Own Natural Dyes
DyeingD9Griffin, Heather & Hone, MargaretIntroduction to Batik
DyeingD10Moller, ElfriedeShibori: The art of fabric folding, pleating and dyeing
SpinningS1Chadwick, EileenThe Craft of Hand Spinning
SpinningS3Ross, MabelThe Essentials of Handspinning
SpinningS4Ross, MabelEncyclopaedia of Hand Spinning
SpinningS5Gibson-Roberts, Priscilla AHigh Whorling: A Spinners Guide to an Old World Skill
SpinningS6Davenport, Elsie GYour Handspinning
SpinningS7Teal, PeterHand Woolcombing and Spinning: A Guide to Worsteds from the Spinning-wheel
SpinningS8Lewis, June RFrom Fleece to Fabric: A Practical Guide to Spinning, Dyeing and Weaving
SpinningS9Stove, MargaretMerino: HandSpinning, Dyeing and Working with Merino and Superfine Wools
FibreF1Wilson, DianaLincoln Longwool - The Versatile Fleece
WeavingW1Alderman, SharonA Handweaver's Notebook: Swatch Collections from Handwoven Magazine
WeavingW2Simpson, L. E. & Weir, M.The Weaver's Craft
WeavingW3Plath, IonaThe Handweaver's Pattern Book: Over 120 Designs for Upholstery, Curtains, Place Mats, Etc
WeavingW4Crutchley, AnnaWeave!: An Anthology of Weave Structures and Techniques
WeavingW5Chetwynd, HilaryThe Weaver's Workbook
WeavingW6Davenport, Elsie G.Your Handweaving
WeavingW7Kirby, MaryDesigning on the Loom
WeavingW8Oelsner, G.H.A Handbook of Weaves
WeavingW9Hooper, LutherHand-loom Weaving
WeavingW10Snyder, Mary ELace and Lacey Weaves: A compilation of 47 lace and lacey weave projects with complete worksheets
WeavingW11O'Connor, Paul RA Twill of Your Choice: Color and weave effect twills on two to eight harnesses, with computer drawdowns
WeavingW12Selander, MalinWeave a Weave
WeavingW13Halsey, MikeIntroducing Double Cloth (on 4-Shaft Looms)
WeavingW14Bress, HeleneInkle Weaving
WeavingW17Davenport, Betty LinnHands On Rigid Heddle Weaving
WeavingW16Tod, Osma Gallinger & Josephine Couch Del DeoDesigning and Making Handwoven Rugs: Techniques for Creating European, Oriental and American Rugs and Household Fabrics
WeavingW18Grierson, RonaldWoven Rugs
WeavingW19Farrow, HazelPainting Warps
WeavingW20Harvey, NancyTapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide
WeavingW21Wassef, Yoanna WissaEgyptian Landscapes: Weavings from the Ramses Wissa Wassef School
WeavingW22Reichard, Gladys AWeaving a Navajo Blanket

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