Elaine Duncan

Recommended Books by Tapestry Weavers

There are two things that most tapestry weavers have in common:  they love good food and good books.  During my travels and friendships with other tapestry weavers I have found books that have piqued my interest.  I decided to make a list of them as others might find them useful as well. 

On Creativity and Art:

“The Creative Habit — Learn It and Use It for Life” by Twyla Tharp with Mark Reiter

“Art and Fear–Observations On teh Perils (and Rewards) of ARTMAKING” by David Bayles and Ted Orland

“The War of Art—Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles” by Steven Pressfield

“Art and Physics–Parallel Visions in Space, Time and Light” by Leonard Shlain

“The Alphabet Versus the Goddess–The Conflict Between Word and Image” by Leonard Shlain

On Colour:

“The Anthropology of Turquoise–Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone and Sky” by Ellen Meloy

“Colour—Travels through the Paintbox” by Victoira Finlay

“A Perfect Red—Empire, Espionage, and the Quest for the color of Desire” by Amy Butler Greenfield

“The Root of Wild Madder—Chasing the History, Mystery, and Lore of the Persian Carpet” by Brian Murphy

Novels for fun on the Unicorn Tapestries:

“The Seventh Unicorn” by Kelly Jones

“The Lady and the Unicorn” by Tracy Chevalier


“In Praise of Slow..How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed” by Carl Honore


“Water Songs Tapestries—Notes on Designing, Weaving and Collaborative Work” by Yael Lurie and Jean Pierre Larochette



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