From the Dust Jacket

August 22, 2010:

Born in 1906, like all good little German girls in the early years of the 20th century, Else Regensteiner was
expected to learn and love needlework. Learn it, she did. Love it, she did not. She disliked it so much that she “invented” eye trouble in the hopes that a doctor would excuse her from classes in sewing, crochet, embroidery and tatting. That didn’t work; and she had to continue with the lessons throughout her public school years. However, as soon as she graduated high school, Else forgot all about needlework and went to work in her father’s law firm. Later on, she went to back to school to obtain a degree in education.

In 1936, Else and her husband immigrated to the United States to escape Nazi rule, settling in the Chicago area to be near family members. While attempting to find work, Else happened upon an apprenticeship program in the Weaving Department of the School of Design, which was founded on the German Bauhaus approach to teaching creative design for industry.

At the time she knew nothing of weaving, but accepted the position and adapted very quickly to the apprenticeship principles of function, design, beauty, and suitability for mass production; i.e. curtain and upholstery fabrics. This, in turn, lead to a lifetime of weaving, teaching, and writing three books on the subject. Among her numerous accomplishments, Else Regensteiner was a founding member of the Handweavers Guild of America and made a significant contribution to the weaving community by helping to promote weaving as a legitimate art.

We are fortunate to have two of Else Regensteiner’s books in our library: The Art of Weaving and Weaver’s Study Course, Ideas and Techniques. Both are well worth looking into.

3 Replies to “From the Dust Jacket”

  1. Joan, you do such a lovely job of telling us about the library! It’s fun just to read
    your exerpts, even if I don’t have enough time to read my own library of weaving



  2. Thanks for the kind words, Patricia. I enjoy putting this together each month, and am pleased that it serves a purpose. Although the members may not be able to make use of our library on a regular basis, in this manner, at least, they will have knowledge of what the library contains, as well as a bit of history concerning weavers who have come before us.

  3. Joan, your book reviews make me realize more and more the wealth of information NOBO’s library contains. How fascinating to focus on the author with the understanding they were or are weavers themselves. As a result, an immediate bond forms as the connection from weaver to weaver is very strong.

    A great independent study presents itself here if anyone is interested since Else Regensteiner has such history of her own and her books sound like they would be wonderful teaching aids.

    Please review NOBO’s library listing and treat yourself to some weaving reading!

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