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Fiber Publications & Magazines
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Children's Books

Website Sales by Guild Members
Fiber, Fiber Stuff, and Caning Sources
Techniques & Tips – Knitting, Spinning, Weaving, Etc.
Miscellaneous Sites

Guilds & Organizations

BSHG Black Sheep Handweavers Guild (Great collection of related links)
CIBA California Indian Basketmakers
CNCH Conference of Northern California Handweavers
CSSW Carson Sierra Spinners and Weavers
CW Complex Weavers
NCAC The Nevada County Arts Council
Local arts agency dedicated to advocating the arts and artists
SCHG Southern California Handweavers Guild
Ravelry An online community of knitters, weavers, and other fiber artists with TONS of information, free patterns, discussion groups, pictures, etc.
Reno Fiber Guild The guild promotes and encourages growth in weaving, spinning and related fiber techniques etc.
SSWG Sacramento Spinners & Weavers Guild
WARP Weave A Real Peace

Guild Members’ Blogs

Nature’s Cauldron Birdsong’s Blog
In Stitches Sharon’s Blog
Purple Fuzzy Mittens Amy’s Blog
The Wooly Daisy Stephanie’s Blog
Woven Thoughts Sara’s Blog
Foothill Weaving Ingrid’s Blog

Fiber-related Podcasts

KnitPicks Podcast Weekly podcast which includes talk of knitting, crochet, spinning, and weaving. It’s a little commercial, but not too bad. No hard-sell.
Stash and Burn with Jenny and Nicole Two podcasters who live in the Bay Area. Lots of friendly talk about knitting, interviews with well-known designers and knitters, visits to yarn stores, reports from Stitches, etc. It’s just fun.
Weavecast with Syne Mitchell Podcast for weavers

Fiber Publications & Magazines

Interweave Press Online articles from Handwoven magazine, back issues, books and much more.
Knitty Online magazine with free patterns published quarterly
Knitting Daily An email newsletter sent each weekday with knitting information. Lots of tips and free patterns, but it’s also often used as a sales pitch for Interweave Press items.
Spinning Daily Another email newsletter sent each weekday, this one about spinning. Lots of tips and free patterns, but it’s also often used as a sales pitch for Interweave Press items.
Weaving Today Newsletter about weaving. Link to free e-book about spinning wheels,, another on weaving projects, and a pattern book of baby blankets, and five free patterns for rigid-heddle weaving.
Knitbits Newsletter Published by Berroco, this newsletter is published weekly and has tips, techniques, and free patterns.
KnitPicks Knitting Community Pretty good site with tips, techniques, etc., and a weekly newsletter from KnitPicks, the online yarn store. It’s pretty commercial but sometimes has coupons and good information about their products.

Information About Fibers

Wool Wikipedia entry, with information on wool processing, quality, etc.
Internation Year of Natural Fibers Website with lots of information on a wide range of natural fibers
Keep the Fleece Website with lots of information on animal fibers
Woolworks Site with general information about fibers, animal & vegetable
Spinning Wikipedia entry on spinning
Weaving Wikipedia entry on weaving
Felt This! Knitty article on felting explanation and how-to
A Comparative Study on the Felting Propensity of Animal Fiber For the serious student of felting.
Handspinning Flax Self-explanatory
Wild Fibres A British site with lots of info on fiber use

Books, Children's Books

Books Used and hard to find books.
Children's Books Children's books about fiber, available for loan to guild members. Contact Shan Kendall,

Website Sales by Guild Members

Shawls Unlimited Dee, Jackie H.
Sierra’s Etsy Shop Chic Thrills – Handmade, fun, funky, vintage, retro…
Sara Lamb Handweaver Weaver, Spinner, Dyer and Beadworker, Workshop Instructor and lecturer

Fiber and Fiber Stuff Sources

Carmel Restoration Caning supplies – 5037- C College Oak Drive, Sacramento, Ca 95841, 916.338.0404
Clotilde Sewing & quilting notions, patterns, buttons and much more.
Elann Yarns Online store with excellent yarn selection and low prices; great sales
Embellishments Beads and unusual findings.
Cochenille Design Studio Computer software for knitting, crochet, beading, quilting and textile designers. Books and videos.
Coe Produced Source for handweaving yarns
Dharma Trading Co. Dyes, yarn and fiber, fabric, lots of stuff!
Fabulous Fibers Ribbon, trims, threads, needlepoint, tatting, cotton fabrics.
Frank’s Cane & Rush Supply Caning supplies – 7252 Heil Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA, 92647, Phone: (714) 847-0707, Fax: (714) 843-5645, Email: mfrank [at] franksupply [dot] com
Habu Unusual weaving and knitting yarns from Japan
Halcyon Yarn Weaving Yarns and Books
H.H. Perkins Co. Caning supplies
Hollywood Hills Boutique On-line fiber and yarn shop that specializes in alpaca fleeces, roving and yarn
Knit Picks On-line catalog for yarn, needles, books, and knitting accessories. They have a great feature of letting you look at 12 designs in each knitting book they offer.
Machine Knitting to Dye For Classes, equipment and yarn dyeing kits for knitters and weavers who want to create their own self-striping yarns.
Mendenhall Wool Ranch High-quality natural colored sheep and fleece
Mountain Colors Yarns Knitting & weaving yarns, color charts, retail outlets and patterns.
Needle Arts Bookshop Books on knitting, needlepoint, cross-stitch & crochet.
Ribbon Smyth Dyes, silk ribbon, vintage beads, buttons, charms, and more.
Sarah’s Yarns Natural fiber yarns at very good prices
Silkworks Threads, ribbons, Angelina, fibers of all kinds.
Textile Arts International Textile Connections
Textura Trading Company Weaving and Spinning Supplies
Treenway Silks Supplier of silk yarns, ribbons, and fibers
V.I Reed & Cane, Inc. Supplies for caning – extensive site
Yarn Barn / Victorian Video Productions Weaving and Spinning Supplies and Equipment / Instructional videos on spinning, dyeing, felting, basketmaking, beadwork, crochet, knitting, weaving and more.
Woodcraft Caning supplies

Techniques & Tips

Guide to Cleaning Symbols Fabric and Yarn Guide to Common Home Laundering & Drycleaning Symbols Yarn and Fabric
Yarn Standards Standards and Guidelines for Crochet and Knitting
Mendocino Art Center Textile workshops in weaving, knitting, silk painting, tapestry, surface design and more.
Mything Links Links to weaving arts and lore.
Navajo “Weaving A Miniature” Takes you through the Navajo weaving process with an eye on miniature rugs.
Ontario Handweavers & Spinners Home study spinning & weaving courses.
Peggy Osterkamp Weaving tips every month.
Ralph Griswold A mathematics professor with a penchant for weaving patterns and old weaving documents.
Ruthe’s Collection of Weaving Resources Links to weaving resources.
Tim’s Treadle Reducer Helps you create a skeleton tie up.
Wool Works Contains free knitting patterns, discussion topics, a gallery of knit items made by readers and lots of other knitting resources.

Miscellaneous Sites

Nevada County Fair The FFG is well-represented at the fair. Come by and see us!
19th Century Fabrics Authentic 19th century fabrics, carpets, & coverlets.
Amazing Yarns Hat kit to crochet, yarns, supplies, patterns.
Black Sheep Gathering Check out the photo gallery: fiber arts, goat show, sheep to shawl & more.
Braiders Hand A great photo gallery of braids — especially the San Francisco section which were done by visiting Japanese braiders.
Lofty Lou’s List your items for sale, find something you’ve been looking to buy!
Loom Manuals Link to Old Loom Manuals
Online Spinning and Weaving Guild A virtual guild
Online Textile Dictionary Definitions of Textile Terms
The Loomy Bin Interactive site for weavers & card weavers.
Warner Mountain Weavers Warner Mountain Weavers 459 South Main St., Cedarville, CA 96104 Telephone (530) 279-2164
Weave & Knit Patterns Free weaving & knitting patterns, a chat group for several types of crafts, & more.
Weaving Drafts Weaving drafts for 3-36 shafts.
Weavershand Inkle & tablet weaving.
Color Palettes Color Inspiration
Color App Color App for iPhone and Android