Burnham, Dorothy K. Warp and Weft: A Textile Terminology. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum, 1980. Candee, Helen Churchill. The Tapestry Book. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1912. Available at http://books.google.com Examines tapestries from antiquity through the early part of the 20th century. Includes over 100 illustrations. De Champeaux, Alfred. Tapestry. Translated by Mrs. R. F. Sketchley. London: Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1887. Available at http://books.google.com Basic introduction to the techniques of weaving, with illustrations of high and low warp looms. Discussion of specific manufactories of tapestry. Hunter, George Leland. The Practical Book of Tapestries. Philadelphia and London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1925. Detailed look at specific tapestries with more than 200 illustrations. Some photographs of weavers at Edgewater Tapestry Looms are included. Hunter, George Leland. Tapestries, their Origin, History and Renaissance. New York: John Lane Company, 1912. Available at http://books.google.com Includes 150 illustrations of tapestries. Muntz, Eugene. A Short History of Tapestry: From the Earliest Times to the End of the 18th Century. Translated by Louisa J. Davis. London, Paris, New York & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1885. Available at http://books.google.com A chronological look at tapestry. Index includes references to specific marks and monograms, painters or cartoon designers, and tapestry workers by name. Thompson, F. P. Tapestry: Mirror of History. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1980. A history of tapestry covering all periods and regions; includes brief mention of Edgewater Tapestry Looms. Well illustrated, glossary. Wheeler, Candace. The Development of Embroidery in America. New York & London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1921. Available at http://books.google.com Single chapter on American tapestry, includes color illustration from Edgewater Tapestry Looms. Zrebiec, Alice. The American Tapestry Manufacturers: Origins and Development, 1893 to 1933. PhD diss., New York University, 1980. Lorentz Kleiser and the Edgewater Tapestry Looms are discussed. Zrebiec, Alice. Narrative in Tapestry: Telling a Story, or a Picture is Worth a Thousand or More Words. In Tapestry the Narrative Voice, coordinated by Sharon Marcus, 1-5. Portland, OR: Tapestry: The Narrative Voice, 1989. Exhibition catalogue. Text in English and French. Zrebiec, Alice and Scott Erbes. Conquest and Glory: Tapestries Devoted to Louis XIV in the Collection of the Speed Art Museum. Louisville, KY: The Speed Art Museum, 2000. Includes essay Weaving a Tapestry: A Brief Introduction with illustrations detailing various wefts.
Books for ChildrenLyon, George Ella. Weaving the Rainbow. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2004. An artist raises sheep, shears, cards, spins and dyes their wool to weave into a picture. Ages 5-9. Spinelli, Eileen. Sophie’s Masterpiece: A Spider’s Tale. New York: Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2004. Sophie, an artistic spider, loves to weave, but her works are not always well received. Ages 4-8.
Selected titles may be available for purchase in the Museum Store.For Museum Store information call 409-886-ARTS (2787) ext. 3013.You can also consult your local library. Books not in the holdings of your local library can often be borrowed through inter-library loan. Bibliography prepared by Jenniffer Hudson Connors, Librarian, Stark Museum of Art.