Thousands of Books on Textiles and Fiber Crafts


Pacific Textile Arts maintains a library of thousands of textile-related titles and videos. The rapidly expanding collection comes from donations by generous supporters and from the estates of fiber artists. The Library is located at our headquarters at 450 Alger Street, Ft. Bragg, CA. It is open Thursdays from 1:30 – 3:30, and at other times by appointment. (Please call 707-964-3600). Books may be borrowed by PTA members from the Library location.  Mail service or inter-library loan is not available at this time.

Roberta Brockschmidt,
One of Pacific Textile Arts original board members, she works each Thursday between 1:30 and 3:30 at the PTArts Library.  Roberta resigned from the board in 2017 but continues nurturing and maintaining the library as well as expressing her love of weaving, textiles and books.

Richard Sutherland,
Librarian Retired librarian at Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, CA) and former acting librarian at the M.H. de Young Museum (San Francisco). Voluntarily organized the Library and maintains the online catalog. (The catalog, based
on Library of Congress records, is searchable by author, title and/or subject.)

Library Catalog — Use your browser’s search option to find info

The list is rather large and may download slowly – Happy searching!

Library Wish List
Several of our board members have been demonstrating and teaching spinning and weaving in the schools. We have a hole in our library collection — we have no books on teaching textile arts to children or books on textiles that are written for children. If you have any books that could help our members teach children to spin, weave, knit, etc. or that tell tales about these activities, we would appreciate donations. If you have a bibliography of books or videos that would be appropriate please let us know. Donations and/or recommendations can be mailed or delivered to Pacific Textile Arts, 450 Alger Street, Fort Bragg, CA 95437.

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From the Library

In 1976, Bettie Roth, the librarian of the Sacramento Weaver’s and Spinner’s Guild was tired of toting the Guild’s books to and from their meetings. She and the Guild arranged to house their collection at the American River College in Sacramento. Thirty-six years later the collection is being culled of some duplicates which were offered them to Pacific Textile Arts. This gift from the Textile Collection of American River College included approximately 200 books and a set of Ciba Review dye journals. This is a significant addition to our library.

Also, in 2013, the Mendocino Coast Handweavers Guild decided to make their library available to a wider population and move it out of Jill McCaughna’s home. They donated their collection to Pacific Textile Arts.

The Mendocino Art Center dismantled their weaving room in 2013 and gave Pacific Textile Arts their collection.

Individuals continue to give us books. We give big thanks to all the organizations and individuals who are making our library a great treasure and resource for our members and the larger textile community and the general public.

With all these donations we have received duplicate copies of some books. We are setting aside selected titles to be used in future classes at Pacific Textile Arts and some are now for sale. These books and old copies of some magazines are available for purchase during regular Library and Gallery hours and by appointment (call Roberta at 707-964-3600). The sale of these books and magazines will help our coffers and give us more needed space. —From Roberta Brockschmidt