Fabulous Fiber Arts Picks at the Library | Alissa Wolenetz, Library Director

I recently rediscovered a passion for knitting after falling in love with the fiber arts exhibit at the Art Center earlier this year. I love snuggling up with a heated blanket and a cup of tea to listen to an audiobook (usually dark, twisty sci-fi checked out from the MontanaLibrary2Go) while I knit away the evenings.

It turns out that we have some great items at the Library about fiber arts. Here’s a list. I’ve stolen little snippets from the back covers to give you an idea of what they’re about.

General Fiction

“The Quilter’s Apprentice” by Jennifer Chiaverini – WWII, romance, tragedy, new beginnings.

“The Oysterville Sewing Circle” by Susan Wiggs – Homecoming, family, secrets, healing and loss.


“While My Pretty One Knits” by Anne Canadeo – Intricate, durable patterns of friendship; death of rival knitters.

“Fool’s Puzzle” by Earlene Fowler – Ex-cowgirls and folk art experts, quilting, museums, complex and cold-blooded crimes.

“By Hook or By Crook” by Betty Hechtman – Clues, friends, murder by a box of poisoned marzipan apples.

“Knit One, Kill Two” by Maggie Sefton – Funerals, burglary, sumptuously colored scarves.

Memoir & Non-Fiction

“Unraveling: What I Learned About Life While Shearing Sheep, Dyeing Wool, and Making the World’s Ugliest Sweater” by Peggy Orenstein – Memoir, no additional description necessary.

“The Shape of Knitting: A Master Class in Increases, Decreases, and Other Forms of Shaping” by Lynne Barr – Again, that said it all.

“On the Loom: A Modern Weaver’s Guide” by Maryanne Moodie – Vintage weaving techniques, decor and wearables, gorgeous cover.

“Modern Macrame: 33 Stylish Projects for Your Handmade Home” by Emily Katz – Swoon-worthy aspirational interiors, nice pictures.


“Threads” – The development of needle arts; part of PBS’s Craft in America series.

MontanaLibrary2Go – eBooks, Audiobooks, and More

Right now, there’s a curated section of staff picks called “Let’s Get Crafty” that’s worth a look. You might also try “The Wild Dyer” by Abigail Brooks or “Fibershed: Growing a Movement of Farmers, Fashion Activists, and Makers for a New Textile Economy” by Rebecca Burgess and Courtney White. If you’d like to check something out without waiting, go for a magazine like “Quilting Arts” or “Sew & Tell”.

Well, that’s a wrap! (Pun intended.) As always, just let us know if we can help you find anything.

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