Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Introducing the Pulling Strings Reference Library!

Introducing the Pulling Strings Library - where you are invited to discover something new about and through textiles.

In scheming programming for Pulling Strings, we often refer back to books, zines, and other textile related publications and ephemera that live on our bookshelves or bedside tables.  It occurred to us that we could pool our collections and share them with the Hamilton community, hopefully inspiring some folks with new ideas and imagery in the process. Needlework (174 James Street North, Hamilton), a gathering space for textile fans, seemed a natural fit to house the library, and thankfully Kate and Liz were excited about the project as well.  We set up shop in the Needlework window just in time for the March Art Crawl, and that's where a selection of our collections are currently, available for anyone to drop in and peruse! We will be announcing a Show and Tell event involving some of our favourite area textile folks shortly.

In the long term, the library will move out of the window and in to the shop, and we look forward to presenting an evolving collection of books, magazines, journals, pamphlets, zines, artist multiples, manuals, vintage patterns, etc. 

Inspired by the Pulling Strings Library Project, we will be running book reviews by our textile heros right here on our blog, so stay tuned for those in the coming weeks.

We are also happy to accept donations of anything wonderful/weird and textile-related to include in the collection.  Please contact us at pullingstringshamilton@gmail.com to discuss!


  1. This looks exciting, I look forward to perusing the reading materials! What is a zine btw??

    1. Hi Lu-Ann! Thanks so much for commenting! A zine is a self-published booklet, often photocopied and stapled by hand. They are produced in small print runs and are often labours of love, sold on a small scale, traded or given away. I could go on and on! For more info, look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zine. Hope this helps!