These are just a few of the resources I recommend to people who want to learn how to weave or learn more about the history of textiles in the Southeastern part of the United States. 

Instructional Books

Books by Carol James

     Sprang Unsprung

     Fingerweaving Untangled

Techniques of Sprang: Plaiting on Stretched Threads by Peter Collingwood

Fingerweaving Basics by Gerald L. Findley

Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding by Alta R. Turner

A Manual of Fingerweaving by Robert J. Austin

Research Resources

Drooker, Penelope Ballard. Mississippian Village Textiles at Wickliffe. The University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 1992.


Harrington, M.R. "The Ozark Bluff-Dwellers," Indian Notes and Monographs, 12, 1960.


Holmes, William H. "Prehistoric Textiles Art of Eastern United States," Thirteenth Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology 1891-1892, edited by John W. Powell. Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.


Orchard, William C. "Sandals and Other Fabrics from Kentucky Caves," Indian Notes and Monographs, Museum of the American Indian, Heye Foundation, New York, 1920.


Scholtz, Sandra Clements. "Prehistoric Plies: A Structural and Comparative Analysis of Cordage, Netting, Basketry, and Fabric from Ozark Bluff Shelters," Arkansas Archeological Survey, Research Series No. 9, 1975.


Spanos, Mary. Mississippian Textiles at Beckum Village (1CK24), Clarke County, Alabama. Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 2006.

Willoughby, Charles C. "Textiles from the Spiro Mound." The Missouri Archaeologist Volume 14, October 1952, edited by Carl H. Chapman, University of Missouri, Columbia.

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