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Shaker Textile Arts

3.57  ·  Rating Details ·  7 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Today we witness a steadily growing interest in the Shakers and their way of life, especially their crafts. Although Shaker furniture, architecture, and herbs, for example, have been written about repeatedly, there are no other studies in depth of another all-important element in Shaker lives--Shaker textiles. Beverly Gordon, an experienced craftswoman and teacher, ...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published July 1st 1982 by University Press of New England (first published March 1st 1980)
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Margaret
Jun 12, 2014 Margaret rated it it was amazing
This is one of the few non fiction books I've read cover-to-cover without simply dipping here and there.

As a spinner/weaver I was thoroughly intrigued by all the processes involved and how their craft work related to their Shaker spirituality. Naturally enough I felt a renewed interest in the simplicity of approach to these tasks and it also renewed my appreciation for craftsmanship over artistry.
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Oct 22, 2014 Sasha rated it liked it
This is a pretty boring book, although the writing is fairly readable. It's two steps above an endless series of lists. I'd say above all it lacks an arc of interpretation. Still, if these subjects are interesting to you, it's worthwhile.
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