In the classroom space of the shop there’s an empty corner that’s begging for a floor-to-ceiling bookshelf. I haven’t found the perfect shelf yet, but it’s only a matter of time because I’m driven by a particular goal. It’s my intention to have that shelf house a textiles arts library of books that local residents can access. For a small annual fee, members will be able to borrow books on a wide range of fabric arts topics, including instructional books, inspirational books, and history and cultural commentary titles. Of course, there are myriad digital resources available to many of us, but nothing – in my opinion – beats a leaf through a good book. And sometimes browsing a shelf points you in a new and unexpected direction!

If you have a book or books that you would like to donate to this project, please contact me at [email protected] or visit the shop at 26 Main St. East, Vankleek Hill (shop hours are posted on the site). I’d love to receive books in good condition, from a smoke-free home, on topics related to textiles arts, including (but not limited to): quilting, hand-sewing, mending, garment sewing, fabric dyeing, yarn dyeing, natural dyeing, millinery, weaving, hand-spinning, papermaking, bookbinding, leathercrafting, basketry, wet felting, needle felting, embroidery, fabric collage, textile printing, rug hooking, knitting, crocheting, braiding, macrame, soft sculpture, doll making, tatting, costume design, lacework, the slow textiles movement, the fibreshed movement…. Also appreciated are books on textile history, biographies of individuals working in the fibre arts, and fibre farming manuals. Unfortunately, I do not have the space for knitting and crocheting pamphlets and leaflet-style pattern booklets. If you are interested in donating magazines, please enquire before dropping them off as I can only accept a limited amount.

I hope to invite local high school students who are seeking volunteer opportunities to help in the project of getting the books catalogued and ready for lending.  

It will be quite a process putting together this collection and readying it for members, but I’m sure the benefits to the community will outweigh the effort!