Hunting for fashion and textiles books
Emma Waight Oxfam Fashion blogger
6th Aug 2012
Oxfam's Bookfest ran from 2nd to 15th July leading to a whole host of book related events and local promotions. The aim is to remind us of the joys of getting stuck into a good book, and with plenty of standalone Oxfam Bookshops and an online bookshop it's never been easier to pick up a bargain read and make money for the charity at the same time.
I am slightly addicted to Oxfam bookshops and I always make sure I check out the art and design section. Fashion and textile books are truly scrumptious, yet shiny new ones can be extremely expensive, up to £80 for a hard-backed coffee table tome. Back in May Roz blogged about our favourite fiction inspired style looks yet fashion books themselves can be a great source of inspiration. Designer chronicles or dress making books pop up regularly in Oxfam shops and can provide great inspiration to
budding fashion designers and style lovers alike.
My best find is a needlecraft book found in Oxfam Books in Guildford. Simply called 'The Big Book of Needlecraft' it was printed in 1935 and has a sturdy textile binding. It is in remarkably good condition and I love thinking about all the ladies that have used it for reference in the past. The introduction reads: 'it is hoped that readers will discover in it suggestions which will induce them to become handworkers and find out for themselves the most congenial craft for their leisure hours.'
With advice on dress-making, knitting, weaving and upholstery, I hoped it would be my ultimate bible for all things textile craft, yet I think I need to set aside a fair few more hours to find my most 'congenial craft'.
Last year's book drive resulted in a wave of book donations and with another successful Bookfest this year now really is the time to go book shopping.