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Tapestry weaving booksTapestry weaving books
Here you will find a comprehensive list of books and catalogues that might be of interest to tapestry weavers. Unfortunately, not all are currently in print, so they may be difficult to find. They are organised into four tables below. Click on a link to jump to the relevant one.

'How to' - books that are useful at all stages, from beginners to advanced

For new weavers, the following are often recommended, but you may find others useful too:

Kirsten Glasbrook - Tapestry Weaving

Nancy Harvey - Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide

Rebecca Mezoff - The Art of Tapestry Weaving

Joanne Soroka - Tapestry Weaving: Design and Technique

Kathe Todd-Hooker - Tapestry 101

About Tapestry - general books about tapestry

Other textile books / weaving traditions, relevant to tapestry

Supporting skills

If you have any books to add to the list, please let the BTG know using the Contacts page

'How to' - books that are useful at all stages, from beginners to advanced

 
Author Title of book Year Published Publisher

Ammar, Diane

Get Set, Advanced: a new technique in tapestry weaving

2004

d.ammar@clear.net.nz

Beutlich, Tadek 

The Technique of Woven Tapestry

(1967) (1969) 1986

Batsford

Black, Mary

New Key to Weaving

1957

The Macmillan Company

Blumenau, Lili

Creative Design in Wall Hangings

1967

Crown Publishers Inc

Brennan, Archie & Susan Martin Maffei

Techniques of Woven Tapestry

(2010) 2020

Streaming option (videos no longer available)

http://www.brennan-maffei.com

Brooke, Jess

Tapestry Weaving

1975

Rigby Ltd

Brostoff, Laya 

Weaving A Tapestry

1982

Interweave Press

Brostoff, Laya

An Approach to Tapestry

1982

Interweave Press

Brooke, Jess

Tapestry Weaving

1975

Rigby Ltd

Coffinet, Julien

Pratique de la Tapisserie

1977

Tricorne

Collingwood, Peter

The Techniques of Rug Weaving

(1968) 1987

faber & faber

Cyrus-Zetterstrom, Ulla

Manual of Swedish Handweaving

1977

Brand Ford Coppola

Dietz, Paula

Gobelinweben

1980

Haupt

Ewen, Thoma

The Living Tapestry Workbook

2018

www.moonrain.ca

Four, Robert

Basic Knowledge of Tapestry

1983

Gamma

Galice, Roland

La Technique de A a Z de Tapisserie de haute et basse lice et du tapis de Savonnerie

1990

Les Lettres Libres

Gilby, Myriam

Free Weaving

1976

Pitman Publishing

Glasbrook, Kirsten

Tapestry Weaving

2002

Search Press

Harvey, Nancy

Patterns for Tapestry Weaving

1984

Pacific Search Press

Harvey, Nancy

The Guide to Successful Tapestry Weaving

1981

Pacific Search Press

Harvey, Nancy

Tapestry: A Comprehensive Study Guide

1991

Interweave Press

Hauger, Mette

Billedvev

1997

Glydendel Fakte

Hope, Elizabeth & Estine Ostlund & Lisa Melen

Free Weaving on Frame and Loom

1972

Van Nostrand Reinhold Co

Ingers, Gertrude & Ernst Fischer

Flemish Weaving: a guide to tapestry technique

1981

Van Nostrand Reinhold Co

Ingers, Gertrude & Ernst Fischer

Flamskvävnad

1967

ICA bokforiag

Kliot, Jules

Tapestry Loom Techniques: a guide to weaving on a two-shaft loom

1974

Lacis Pubs

Leclair, Manon

Le Métier Haute-Lisse: Cours de tissage et tapisseries

1980

Éditions Mille Roches

Larochette, Jean Pierre & Yadin Larochette

Anatomy of a Tapestry: techniques, materials, care

2020

Schiffer Publishing

Lurçat, Jean

[trans.] Barbara Crocker

Designing Tapestry

(1947) 1950

Rockliff Publishing Corp

Mezoff, Rebecca

The Art of Tapestry Weaving: A complete guide to mastering the techniques for making images with yarn

2020

Storey Publishing

Redman, Jane

Frame Loom Weaving

1976

Van Nostrand Reinhold Co

Regensteiner, Elsa

Weaving Sourcebook: ideas and techniques

1983

Van Nostrand Reinhold Co

Regensteiner, Elsa

Geometric Design in Weaving

1986

Schiffer Publishing

Remblier, Christiane 

Tapisseries Tissées

1982

Éditions Fleurus idées vol 36

Rhodes, Mary

Small Woven Tapestries

1973

B T Batsford Ltd

Rössing, Mette Lise

The Thread’s Course in Tapestry

2013

http://www.billedvaevning.dk/

Russell, Carol 

The Tapestry Handbook

1990

Lark Books

Russell, Carol  

Tapestry Handbook: The Next Generation

2007

Schiffer Publishing

Short, Jacqueline

Imaginative Weaving

1976

Pitman Publishing

Soroka, Joanne

Tapestry Weaving: Design and technique

2011

Crowood Press

Todd-Hooker, Kathe 

Shaped Tapestry

2004

Fine Fiber Press & Studio

Todd-Hooker, Kathe 

Line in Tapestry

2005

Fine Fiber Press & Studio

Todd-Hooker, Kathe 

Tapestry 101

2007

Fine Fiber Press & Studio

Todd-Hooker, Kathe 

So Warped: Warping a loom for tapestry weaving

2010

Fine Fiber Press & Studio

Wilson, Jean

Soumak Workbook

1982

Interweave Press

 

About Tapestry - general books about tapestry

 
Author Title of book Year Published Publisher

Amsden, Chas Avery

Navajo Weaving

1975

Peregrine Smith

Andrew, Delores, M

Medieval Tapestry Designs

1992

(Delores Andrew/Owing Mills) Stemmer House Pubs

Black Dog Publishing (ed) Collection  of essays

Tapestry: A woven narrative

2011

Black Dog Pubs

Barbican Centre (exhibition catalogue)

Egyptian Landscapes: Weavings from the Ramses Wissa Wassef School

1985

Ramses Wissa Wassef (UK) Exhibition Foundation

Benaki Museum (exhibition catalogue in Greek)

Weavings: Paintings and tapestries in Greece 1960 to today

2020

Benaki Museum & Alpha Bank

Campbell, T

Tapestry in the Baroque, Threads of Splendour

2010

New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Carroll, Diane Lee

Looms & Textiles of the Copts:  First millenium Egyptian textiles in the Carl Austin Rietz collection of the California Academy of Sciences

1988

California Academy of Science  Press

Catalogue

Egyptian Landscapes: 50 Years of Tapestry at Ramses Wissa Wassef Art Centre

1974

London: Studio Vista. London: Ramses Wissa Wassef (UK) Exhibition Foundation.

Cavallo, Adolfo Salvatore

The Unicorn Tapestries at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

(1998) 2005

Yale univ. Press in association with The Metropolitan Museum

Cumming, Elizabeth (ed)

The Art of Modern Tapestry, Dovecot Studios since 1912

2012

Lund Humphries/Dovecot Studios

Diederen, Roger (exhibition catalogue)

Die Fäden der Moderne

2020

Hermer Verlag

Finckenstein, Maria von (ed)

Nuvisavik: the place where we weave

2002

McGill-Queen’s University Press

Garrould, Ann & Valerie Power

Henry Moore Tapestries

1988

Lund Humphries/Henry Moore Foundation

Greene, Carole

Christine Laffer: Tapestry and transformation

2008

Outskirts Press, Inc

Hall, Joanne

Mexican Tapestry Weaving

1976

San Luis Printing

Hauger, Mette

Billedvev

1997

Gyldendel Fakta

Hedlund, Ann Lane

Gloria F. Ross & Modern Tapestry

2010

Yale Univ. Press/Arizona State University

Hervé Lemoine, Yves Michaud, Christiane Naffah-Bayle

Au fil du siècle.

2018

Silvana Editoriale

http://www.mobiliernational.culture.gouv.fr/sites/default/files/2018-04/Dossier%20de%20presse_Au%20fil%20du%20Siècle.pdf

Hoskins, Nancy Arthur

The Coptic Tapestry Albums & the archaeologist of Antinoé, Albert Gayet

 

2004

Skein Pubs

Jarry, Madeleine

World Tapestry

1969

Hachette

Kang, Cindy (ed)

Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray

2020

Yale University Press / Barnes Foundation

Kauffman, Ruth

The New American Tapestry

1968

Reinhold Book Corp.

Kokkin, Jan (trans. Arlyne Moi)

 

Gerhard Munthe: Norwegian pioneer of Modernism

2018

Arnoldsche Art Publishers in conjunction with Nasjonalmuseet, Oslo

Koppen, Maria Brekke 

Norsk Billedvev

1974, 1978, 1988

1974, 1978, 1988

Universitetsforlaget

Koppen, Maria Brekke

Videreføring i billedvev

1981

Universitetsforlaget

Koppen, Maria Brekke, trans. Christine Spangler

Norweigian Tapestry Weaving (Norsk Billedvev)

2006

Eikeskog Press

Koppen, Maria Brekke, trans. Lisa Paulson

Introduction to Picture Weaving

1982

Decorah, Iowa : Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Larson, Katherine (exhibition catalogue)

The Woven Coverlets of Norway

2001

University of Washington Press/Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum

Lausanne, Edita

Great Tapestries: The Web of history from the 12th-20th Century

1965

Edita S.A. Lausanne

Lazaj, Jehanne & Bruno Ythier

Tapisseries 1925: Aubusson, Beauvais, les Gobelins à l'Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs de Paris

2012

Editions Privat

Lennard, Frances & María Hayward

Tapestry Conservation: principles and practice

2006

Butterworth-Heinemann

Ofili, Chris

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic (exhibition catalogue)

2017

Victoria Miro Gallery & National Gallery Co., Ltd

Paasche, Marit

Hannah Ryggen. En fri

2016

Pax Forlag

Paasche, Marit & Esther Schlicht (eds) exhibition catalogue

Hannah Ryggen: Woven Manifestos

2019

Prestel

Paasche, Marit (trans by Katia Stieglitz)

Hannah Ryggen: Threads of Defiance

2019

Thames & Hudson

Paulve, Dominique.  

Marie Cuttoli: Myrbor et l'invention de tapisserie moderne

2010

Éditions Norma,

Phillips, Barty

Tapestry

2000

Phaidon Press Ltd

Quye, Anita & Kathryn Hallet and Concha Herrero Carretero

Wrought in gold and silk: Preserving the art of historical tapestries

2009

NMS Enterprises Ltd – Publishing

Russell, Carol, K.

Contemporary International Tapestry

2015

Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Scanlin, Tommye McClure

The Nature of Things: Essays of a tapestry weaver

2020

University of North Georgia Press

Sevensma W S (trans from the Dutch by Alexis Brown)

Tapestries

1965

Merlin Press

Banners of Persuasion (Exhibition catalogue)

demons, yarns & tales

2008

Damiani editori

Sidore, Micala

The Art is the Cloth: How to look at and understand tapestries

2020

Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Updike, David (ed. Exhibition catalogue) & Philadelphia Museum of Art

William Kentridge Tapestries

2008

Philadelphia Museum of Art/Klipriversbier

Viale, Mercedes

Tapestries

1969

Cameo (Hamlin Pubs) vol 7 Cameo Art Series

Walker S

Modern Australian Tapestry

2000

Victoria: Victorian Tapestry Workshop.

Wells, K L H.

Weaving Modernism: Postwar tapestry between Paris and New York. 

2019

Yale University Press,

Wilcox, Timothy & Caron Penney and Fiona Mathison

Tapestry: a woven narrative

2012

Black Dog Publishing

Willborg, Peter.  David Black & Clive Loveless (eds)

Flat weaves from Fjord and Forest

1984

David Black Oriental Carpets & Peter Willborg

Other textile books / weaving traditions, relevant to tapestry

 
Author Title of book Year Published Publisher

Albers, Annie

On Weaving

1965

Wesleyan University Press

Amsden, Chas Avery

Navajo Weaving

(1949)  1964

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (Fine Arts Press/South-West Museum)

Bennett, Noël

The Weaver’s Pathway: a clarification of the ‘Spirit Trail’ in Navajo weaving

1974

Northland Press/Flagstaff

Bennett, Noël

Designing with the Wool: advanced techniques in Navajo weaving

1979

Northland Press/Flagstaff

Bennett, Noël & Tiana Bighorse

Working with the Wool

(1971) 1983

Northland Publishing

Black, Mary

New Key to Weaving

1957

The Bruce Publishing co

Blumenau, Lili

The Art and Craft of Hand Weaving: including Fabric Design

1956

Crowne pubs. Inc

Butcher, Mary

Contemporary International Basketry (exhibition catalogue)

1999

Merrell Holberton/Crafts Council

Emery, Irene

The Primary Structure of Fabrics: an Illustrated classification

2009

Thames & Hudson

Hall, Joanne

Mexican Tapestry Weaving

1976

J. Arvidson Press

Harding, Stella & Shane Waltener

Practical Basketry Techniques

2012

A & C Black

Hoppe, Elisabeth, Östeland Estine & Melén, Lisa

Free Weaving on frame and loom

1972

Van Nostrand Reinhold Co

Hutton, Helen

Textile Structures

1975

Watson-Guptill

Kahlenberg, Mary Hunt & Anthony Berlant

The Navajo Blanket (exhibition catalogue)

1972

Praeger pubs & Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Landry, Wendy

Velvet on my Mind, Velvet on my Loom

2020

Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Rutschowscaya, Marie-Hélène

Coptic Fabrics

1990

Editions Adam Biro

Sherman, Vera

Wall Hangings of Today

1972

Mills & Boon

Smith, T’ai

Bauhaus Weaving Theory: from feminine craft to mode of design

2014

Univ. Minneapolis Press

Wayland Barber, Elizabeth

Women’s Work: The first 20,000 years

1994

W.W. Norton

Wortmann Weltge, Sigurd

Bauhaus: Women artists and the weaving workshop

1998

Thames and Hudson.

Wortmann Weltge, Sigurd

Women’s Work: Textile art from the Bauhaus

1993

Chronicle Books

Wilson, Jean

Soumak Workbook

1982

Interweave Press

Supporting skills

 
Author Title of book Year Published Publisher

Albers, Josef

Interaction of Color

(1963) 1975

Yale University Press

Bennet, Noël

Designing with the Wool

1979

Northland Press

Bennett, Noël

Working with the Wool

1971

Northland Press

Birren, Faber 

History of Color in Painting: New Principles of Color Expression

1965

Van Nostrand Reinhold Co

Birren, Faber 

Creative Color

1987

Schiffer Publishing Ltd

Cardon, Dominique

Natural Dyes: sources, traditions, technology and science

2007

Archetype Publications

Dufour, Jean

Natural Dyeing of Wool

 

Les Gobelins

Dunsmore, Susi

The Nettle in Nepal: tradition and innovation

(1985) 2006

John Dunsmore Nepalese Textile Trust

Ellinger, Richard G

Color, Structure & Design

1980

Van Nostrand Reinhold

Emery, Irene

The Primary Structure of Fabrics: An illustrated classification

1980

Textile Museum, Washington DC

Ford, Birte

Yarn from Wild Nettles: a practical guide

2014

Nettlecraft

Grierson, Su

The Colour Cauldron

1986

Self published

Hart, Russell

Photographing Your Artwork

1987

North Light Books

Itten, Johannes 

The Art of Color

1973

Van Nostrand Reinhold

Itten, Johannes 

The Color Star

1985

Van Nostrand Reinhold

Kobayashi, Shigenobu

Color Image Scale

1992

Kodansha International

Kuehni, Rolf G.

Color: Essence and Logic

1983

Van Nostrand Reinhold

Lambert, Patrica

Color and Fiber

1986

Schiffer Publishing Ltd.

Magnus, Gunter Hugo

Graphic Techniques for Designing & Illustrating

1980

Barron’s

Methuen Handbook of Colour

Trans from Danish 1961 and 1967

(1963) 1967

Methuen & Co Ltd

Murphy, Pat and Paul Doherty

The Color of Nature

1996

Cronical Books

Ocvirk, Otto G. et al.

Art Fundamentals Theory & Practice

1975

Wm. C Brown co

Rodwell, Jenny and George Short

The Complete Guide to Framing

1986

Quarto Publishing Ltd.

Sargent, Walter

The Enjoyment and Use of Color

1964

Dover Publications

Stockton, James

Designers Guide to Color

1984

Chronical Books

Stockton, James 

Designers Guide to Color 2

1984

Chronical Books

Whelan, Bride M

Colour Harmony 2.: A guide to creative color combinations

1994

Rockport Publishers

 

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