Books from our Lunch Table

Books from our Lunch Table

BooksIt’s been awhile since I’ve posted about the books we pass around here at SBDF.  Like our customers we enjoy reading about our interests in textiles, sewing and anything fashion related.  So here’s the list from the past few months.  Join in with commentary on any of the titles if you’ve read them.  We would  love to hear your opinion.


Four dry books that you might like

I have read these  books in the past six months and shared them on the table .  Each is an academic work, better suited to research than leisure, but still they drew me in.  If you enjoy reading about the history of your craft and those topics that surround it, you may want to add one of these to your reading list. Writing reviews of dry books can lead to dry reviews…so I have avoided that problem here by giving a simple one-liner to intrigue or not.  Images are linked to Amazon.

WomensWorkWomen’s Work  The First 20,000 Years

Elizabeth Wayland Barber

Written by an archaeologist, this will be of particular interest to weavers. The author traces the development of textiles and garment construction from the earliest times.


On the Button  The Significance of an Ordinary Item

Nina Edward

This collection of quotes and anecdotes about the button’s place in history could be described as ramblings on the topic of buttons and closures. Each chapter is chronologically arranged to encompass fashion history as well. Disappointed in lack of photos and illustrations.


Mauve  How One Man Invented a Color that Changed the World

Simon Garfield

Interested in color and dye?  This history of the development of the first synthetic dyes takes the reader from the lab a brilliant young chemist to the cancer research labs of today.  Simon Garfield writes with a storyteller’s vibe and makes the scientific very approachable.


The Devil’s Cloth   A History of Stripes

Michel Pastoureau

Brought to our attention by Dixie, this small  book addresses the meaning of striped, patterned, spotted and plain fabrics through the centuries.  Most emphasis is on medieval times, but some interesting discussion of the evolution of stripes to the fashion eras.  Rather like reading a PhD thesis, but worth the wade through for some gems of insight.


Other Books from our Lunch Table 

I decided this post was getting too long.  Watch for Part II soon!