Members of the Sunshine Coast Fibreshed can take advantage of our lending library. Books can be borrowed for one month (unless they are needed as part of a display or event). Books and equipment can be borrowed by arrangement; borrowers must pick up from and return items to the librarian.
To check out a book, place a hold on a book, or reserve any of the equipment listed below, email our librarian.
Eco Colour: Botanical Dyes for Beautiful Textiles
by India Flint
In Eco Colour, artistic dyer and colorist India Flint teaches how to harvest and use this gentle and ecologically sustainable alternative to synthetic dyes. India explores the fascinating and infinitely variable world of plant colour, using a wide variety of techniques and recipes. She uses renewable resources and shows how to do the least possible harm to the dyer, the end user of the object, and the environment.
This one-of-a-kind encyclopedia shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one.
Fibreshed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activitists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy
by Rebecca Burgess
In Fibershed, readers will learn how natural plant dyes and fibers can be grown and processed as part of a scalable, restorative agricultural system. They will also learn about milling and other technical systems needed to make regional textile production possible. Fibershed is a resource for fiber farmers, ranchers, contract grazers, weavers, knitters, slow-fashion entrepreneurs, soil activists, and conscious consumers who want to join or create their own fibershed and topple outdated and toxic systems of exploitation.
This book is currently checked out. Please email our librarian to place a hold.
Harvesting Color: How to find plants and make natural dyes
by Rebecca Burgess
As more and more crafters are discovering, dyeing your own fabric can yield gorgeous colors. In Harvesting Color, master dyer Rebecca Burgess identifies 36 plants that will yield beautiful natural shades and shows how easy it is to make the dyes. The book explains where to find these plants in the wild and describes the simple equipment needed and provides a master dye recipe. The book is organized seasonally; each section contains a knitting project using wools colored with dyes from plants harvested during that time of the year. Harvesting Color is an essential guide to this growing field, for crafters and DIYers; ecologists and botanists; and for artists, textile designers, and art students.
Magic in the Dyepot
by Ann Harmer
Fungi are relative newcomers to the world of natural dyes and yield a surprising variety of colours. In Magic in the Dyepot, Ann Harmer explores every aspect of dyeing with mushrooms: what to look for, where to find them, and how to process them for glorious results. In this entertaining and informative book, Ann punctuates her detailed instructions about mushroom dyeing with anecdotes that reveal her dry sense of humour. Learn about this art form and join her in a few chuckles as she shares the triumphs and pitfalls of her quest to produce magic in the dyepot.
Mending Matters: Stitch, Patch, and Repair Your Favorite Denim and more
by Katrina Rodabaugh
Mending Matters explores sewing on two levels: first, it includes more than twenty hands-on projects that showcase current trends in visible mending—edgy, modern, and bold—that draw on traditional stitching. The book also addresses the way mending leads to a more mindful relationship to fashion and to overall wellbeing. Katrina Rodabaugh explores mending as a metaphor for appreciating our own naturally flawed selves, and she examines the ways in which mending teaches us new skills, self-reliance, and confidence.
This encyclopedia of fibers shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. It profiles a worldwide array of fiber animals, including such rarities as the northern African dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino. Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one.
This book is available for loan, but note that we use it as a reference source at our public events and may call it in if needed.
Electric Drum Carder
The drum carder is available to members for a fee of $1/day. A demonstration will be given before the carder is signed out; the borrower is responsible for picking up and returning the carder, which will be returned clean and ready for the next user. Availability will depend on demand, and a wait list will be used if necessary.
Fibreshed now has an Ashford blending board, 12” x 12”. It comes with two dowels, two brushes, and a keel (adjustable stand).
A blending board can be used to make rolags for spinning or a batt for felting. Ashford has videos about each technique. Please be aware that this board is to be used only with Fibreshed fibre—locally sourced (currently meaning from anywhere in BC) and dyed with local materials.
Thanks to George Smith for making and donating a wooden frame, 32” x 24”, with wire mesh in the centre. This sits on two plastic sawhorses, 30″ high.
This is very useful when skirting a sheared fleece. Just lay over on the screen and skirt the outer layer. The wire allows unwanted VM bits to fall through.