Shop Reference Books


Many books have been written about weaving and textile art. The following is a carefully curated list of reference books that compliment the SAORI philosophy. These titles are in our studio library, where students refer to them for ideas and inspiration.

Consider adding these books to your own studio library.




SAORI: Self-Innovation Through Free Weaving

by Misao Jo & Kenzo Jo

This book contains a selection of essays from Misao Jo. It also serves as a user's manual for SAORI looms and accessories. Contact the studio to purchase.


Wabi-Sabi: The Japanese Art of Impermanence

by Andrew Juniper

This book offers insights and observations related to the philosophy of wabi-sabi. it explores the history of wabi-sabi, and how the philosophy is expressed through art, design, and culture. The author's writing style is clear and down-to-earth. He presents the concept of wabi-sabi in a manner that is easily accessible to readers. Highly recommended.


Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers

by Leonard Koren

This book was recommended to me when I began weaving. It approaches wabi-sabi from a spiritual perspective, emphasizing the emotional and aesthetic qualities of wabi-sabi. Use it as a source of inspiration as you approach your work. This book will be especially useful to those who find themselves creatively "stuck." Artists who have difficulty breaking from the emotions related to traditional structure will also benefit from this book.


Clear Your Clutter with Feng Shui 

by Karen Kingston

This powerful little book will help you develop a healthy relationship with the world around you, starting with your possessions. By identifying the things you love, and that have true meaning in your life, you will be empowered to cull whatever is holding you back. By making better choices, and removing distractions, you will have time to focus on what really matters to you.

Attaining this clarity will bring your artwork to a new level, and will make room for new experiences and opportunities. 


Slow Stitch: Mindful and contemplative textile art

by Clair Wellesley-Smith

This book offers a thoughtful perspective on slowing down and experiencing the creative process. Emphasis is placed on handwork, repurposing materials, and reducing use of commercial goods in the creative process. Beautifully illustrated.


Universal Stitches

by Nancy Arthur Hoskins

Learn to manipulate and enhance your woven cloth by hand. This book teaches basic stitches, then builds upon them with various modifications and combinations. If you are interested in exploring hand-stitching, including wrapping, looping, and knotting, this book is a wonderful resource.


Woven Shibori

by Catharine Ellis

If you are ready to explore the world of dyeing, but don't know where to begin, consider woven shibori. The author defines woven shibori, and explains how to manipulate your woven cloth with resists and dyes. This book includes instructions for 4-harness weaving that can be easily modified to 2-harness projects.

The techniques shown in this book are accessible to all levels of experience. It's a fun book that offers a different twist on dyeing.


Color Choices: Making Color Sense out of Color Theory

by Stephen Quiller

This book is written primarily for painters, but the color theory and concepts are easily applicable to weaving and the fiber arts.

It could be argued that this book is especially well-suited for textile artist because users can focus on the interaction of color in an entirely different medium. As a result, users will be challenged to incorporate the inspiration they find in this book into their own work. Highly recommended for those who want to interpret inspiration in to their artwork.


Interaction of Color 50th Anniversary Edition

by Josef Albers

This classic handbook by Josef Albers is explains complex color theory principles. Those who are interested in diving deeply into color theory will appreciate this book. It is primarily visual, with dozens of color studies. I recommend this book for committed students who want to learn more about color theory and how they can incorporate it into their artwork.