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31 July 2012


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Lindsey Carmichael

I can't remember which character it is, but one of the girls in Tamora Pierce's Circle books is all about the string magic.

Maureen E

Well, The Spellcoats. And I think Charlotte's Library has a list of others.


And those are both guys doing fibre arts! That makes me happy.
Lindsey: the character you're thinking of is Sandry. She's a stitch witch!


In Solstice Wood by Patricia McKillip, the sewing/knitting group pretty much holds the world together with their stitches. I may have geeked out a little when I read that bit.


In Daughter of the Forest Sorcha has to spin nettles and weave shirts out of them to save her brothers, and in A Wolf at the Door there's a Kelly Link short story retelling the same fairytale that has the princess quilt instead.

In a different genre, in Philip Pullman's The Tin Princess Jim unravels the sweater Sally knit for him and uses the yarn to save the day.


Ooo, good calls all! Thanks! I'll add them to the list.

Diana Peterfreund

One of the tasks the heroine of Nancy Werlin's Impossible has to accomplish is making a shirt without needles or cutting.

I think there's some sort of "weave the fabric of the universe" YA dystopian coming out this year. I can't remember the title, the but the cover looks like a kaleidoscope.


Diana: Were you thinking of Crewel, by Gennifer Albin?


In Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King, a prisoner has to pull threads off napkins, hoard them, and then weave them together into a rope strong enough to escape with.

Brooke Shirts

The heroine is a weaver in Edith Pattou's East, and I loooove the stuff she makes to save the day (a cool poncho with secret symbols! Three impossibly beautiful dresses that can be folded up to the size of a postage stamp!).

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