Textile structures and resources

Knitting is not just for woolly jumpers, did you see the amazing talents of Margaret Seaman earlier this summer, who knitted an incredible version of the Queen’s Sandringham House ?

Or how about an architectural structure? This impressive project is created by knitting textiles with an industrial machine to form the basis of the concrete structure.

Have you taken up crochet over the various lock-downs? Or maybe you have just been knitting for years. Either way, if you are feeling inspired by these crafts, or other textile projects, the library has lots of resources that can help you.

Here is a list of some knitting resources available in the library, a mixture of physical books and e-books. E-books can be read on any device, you just need to log in with your username and password.

The Materials and Products Library is now open again in Aldgate Library, so be sure to check it out on the third floor, where you can browse and touch many different materials, including fabrics.

You can also access many online resources through the library catalogue (using username and password), including the Vogue Archive, which has many knitting patterns, including these stocking tops from 1899!

You can also access thousands of images and articles through JSTOR, for example here is a search for texiles in the image search (log in with username and password), and also Bridgman Education (images) – click here for images of covers of some very stylish knitting patterns.

This is just a selection, get in touch with your Academic Liaison Librarian if you want further information or help searching nay of the resources.

other resources:

Southampton Knitting Reference Library

V&A Knitting patterns

Internet archive crochet patterns


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New online resources

Bummock – Artists in Archives

Materials and Products

painting of a lady crocheting in a garden

Image from the public domain via Raw Pixel. ‘Lydia Crocheting in the Garden at Marly’ (1880) painting by Mary Cassatt. Original from The MET Museum. Digitally enhanced by rawpixel.


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