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April 7 2017

Finally!  The WAFTA Library is open again for borrowing.

After a clean-out, last year before the Spring Fling and the addition of very welcome donations, the books in the WAFTA Library have been re-categorized both online and in the printed Catalogue which is back on the outside of the cabinet.  The library will be open for borrowing any time there’s a WAFTA event at Craft House. Please complete the Borrowers Book kept inside the Cabinet. There are now some very interesting and inspirational books in the WAFTA Library – especially for those working on Wearable Art and the Altered States Bag Challenge – so next time you are at APCH be sure an take a look.

To understand more about the how the library system works and the best way to search for specific subjects, read on ….

Why change categories? Dewey decimal doesn’t work with the online computer program and the initial multi categories were too unwieldy.

  • The use of Tags known as “Keywords” in this Library system are the BEST way to search. As more people use their digital devices (smart phones/iPads} more are understanding about the use of tags to search. An unlimited number of tags can be assigned to each book – so, after reading, if you feel like a tag is missing i.e. the name of a type of dyeing or weaving technique or any other word you would have used in your search, please write it in the appropriate place in the printed catalogue kept on the outside of the Library cabinet.
  • “Subject” this term seems superfluous since the advent of the tag/keyword – but is a required field in the Library computer data base, as the program allows for search by “Subject”. However, search by Subject does not afford as wide a search as a tag/keyword.
  • Data entry for online catalogue – Most of the fields in the entry page for each book are “required” – something must be entered – can’t be completed if the field is left blank! For this reason, you may find many of of the “publication dates” are not accurate – a publication date is not always available so “a date” is chosen by the librarian.
  • Categories – there are now only nine (9). However, against each book there are multiple “tags” referred to as “keywords” in the online Library system.  A tag/keyword will bring up all the books with that tag and from there you will see which Category the books are in and the “Book Number”.
  • Book Numbers – As before, books are numbered with a 3-digit number under each Category.  In the numbering system, the Category is reduced to the first 3-letters of the Category, and the Book numbers are on the front cover (lower-left).  Eventually the numbers will also show on the spine of each book and each category will be coded with coloured tape – this should make it easier to return the books to the shelf – at least it will get books into the correct category if not in numerical order.
  • Searching the online catalogue – Search by [Subject], [Title], [Author] or [ISBN No.]. The difficulty is, if there are any spelling inconsistencies the search will show a zero result, so “tag/Keyword” is the best search option. To help you search online from home, attached is April 2017 Categories & Tag – Keywords This list is also shown on the inside of the cabinet door.

If you have any questions, or suggestions regarding the WAFTA Library, or would like to help with the numbering of the books, please contact me – my email address is josephinefranco1@gmail.com











December 2 2015

The WAFTA Library

is now more easily accessible online !   

If you’d like help to access  –

Click Smart phone/iPad or Computer/Laptop .


At the request of the APCH Management committee Jo Franco, of the Australian Rugmakers Guild, also a WAFTA member, created a rug for the refurbished lounge area at Alexander Park Craft House.

Coffee_table_rug_Island_of_Colour_designed_and_hooked_by_Josephine_Franco_Western_AustraliaThe rug/“floor art” was hooked to compliment the coffee table made by Bernie Phillips at the Stirling Men’s Shed, from a wooden bench removed during the APCH Studio renovation.

The rug will not be permanently in place until the end of September 2016 as it’s destined for Canberra to be displayed at the Australian Rugmakers Guild Retreat (open to the public) and the month-long Exhibition “Coast to Coast”. 

However, it has been on the floor at APCH for a week – maybe you’ve had a chance to see it and are interested to find out more about rug hooking.

Two books and the latest edition of Rug Hooking Magazine have been donated to the WAFTA Library by the Australian Rugmakers Guild.

Proggy and Hooky RugsRUG.002    Proggy & Hooky Rugs by Miriam Miller of NSW  

– the only book on rug hooking published by an Australian in Australia.

Miriam’s Proggy & Hooky Rugs is an excellent book for beginners – it covers various rugmaking techniques and finishes, along with explanations and clear illustrations of  techniques, tools and advice on fabrics to use.  Even if you’re an accomplished rug maker, the illustrations, ideas and images of the south central coast scenery where Miriam lives make this a beautiful book and worth a look.

Hooked_Rug_Storytelling_The_art of Heather_Ritchie_by_Lesley_Mary_CloseRUG.003  Hooked Storytelling The Art of Heather Ritchie by Lesly Mary Close.   Covering rugmaking basics and techniques, transforming an old craft into an art form of great subtlety. It contains images of memory rugs and insight into Heathers creations and techniques.

The Book features Heather’s home town of Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales, North East of England, the location of the next conference of The International Guild of Handhooking Rugmakers (TIGHR) to be held in 2018.     The mill towns north of picturesque Reeth are where proggy rugs originated in the UK and the area is full of the history of this craft.

RHM-JJA16_CoverRUG.004 Rug Hooking Magazine  –  Issue Jun/Jul/Aug 2016 

contains articles from Australia, Canada, Japan, England and from all over the United States,  introducing children to rughooking.  One article in particular – Special Rugs, Special Kids  – features the potential for using this craft with students with complex needs. Teachers offer them a hands-on multi-sensory curriculum which enhances their understanding of the world and promotes communication.

This issue could be helpful for anyone looking for ideas for community projects. Either working with young people teaching them how to make their own colourful, textural pieces, or creating rich, colourful surfaces that could be donated to places where children come together


NEW additions to the WAFTA Library


Russian Kerchiefs and ShawlsThese two books, are both full of Matisse Hist Art and His Textiles

inspiring colour images and illustrations.

“Russian Kerchiefs and Shawls” is a history of a centuries-old craft of considerable artistic value, described by art historians, ethnographers, crafts and industry specialists, and experts on costume and fashion. Images of many types of kerchiefs and shawls embroidered, woven, hand-made and roller-printed, all current in Russia from the 18th to 20th century are pictured in this book.

“Matisse, His Art and His Textiles” The Fabric of Dreams

“Textiles were the key to Matisse’s visual imagination. His ancestors had been weavers for generations the textures and vibrancy of cloth were in his blood. Although Matisse was to outgrow every influence, textiles retained their power to inspire his imagination throughout his life. His studio in Nice was a treasure house of exotic Persian carpets, delicate Arab embroideries, richly hued African wall hangings, curtains, costumes, patterned screens and backcloths.

This sumptuously illustrated book which includes over 100 works by Matisse together with numerous colourful fabrics is the catalogue of a ground breaking exhibition at the Musee Matisse, Le Cateau-Cambresis; the Royal Academy of Arts London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.”

Books for the Library are purchased by WAFTA, or gifted, not all are new publications


Members are encouraged to write a review of books in the WAFTA library

and email them to the WAFTA librarian to be posted in the “Good Reads” section of [BOOKSHELF].

(Printed copies of reviews will be included in the back of the WAFTA Library Catalogue, stored in a holder on the side of the cabinet – the Borrowers Book is kept inside the cabinet.)

Need help to access the [BOOKSHELF] online – click here

Would you like to review a book but don’t want to do it online?

There are forms in the back of the WAFTA Library Catalogue cabinet at APCH.

Use one of these forms and Email or post (snail mail) back to

WAFTA, Attn: Librarian, PO Box 211, Inglewood, WA 6932