Colonial Lake Books

Dear Customers. I'm back!!! 

Grateful thanks go to the many people and organizations who gave aid to me and my family after we lost our home in the Sampson Flat Bushfire in January 2015. I am now living in a new home, with new stocks of books on hand ready for the discerning reader. 

Please note the new contact details.

Imported Craft Books
Australia Wide Mailing Service

This site is dedicated to selling books in Australia with the twin foci of books on fibre craft and books likely to be of interest to recreational medievalists. I try to keep the catalogue up to date with what books I have in stock. Many more books can be ordered on request, or are already on order, and will appear in the catalogue when they arrive. Please check back regularly for new books. Please ask about books not on the catalogue. Most books are imported from the US, which can take between two weeks and three months to arrive. Prices can change without warning depending on the exchange rate and the cost of freight from USA.

Colonial Lake Books is based in South Australia, but can send books Australia wide. I am happy to bring books to local SA craft groups for selling, and can visit interstate groups when I am travelling in that direction. Enquiries welcome.

Bargain Box
Fibre Craft
Braiding Crochet Dyeing
Felting Knitting Magazines
Weaving Needlework Spinning

Medieval Life
Cookery Arts & Skills
Costume Songs & Tales
Reference Fighting Skills
  • Local Agent for:
    • Unicorn Craft Books 
    • Ashford Wheels and Looms (hardware & books)
    • Wild Fibers
    • Dover

  • An excellent source for dyed wool tops and other fibre goodies is Kathy's Fibres

  • Click here to see photos of the 2007 Scarf Exchange.

  • Click here for the 2014 Scarf Exchange (Not quite ready yet).

Cost of postage of orders from me to you is paid by you. Books are sent by standard Australia Post letter and parcel rates. In general postage is $3.50 for single magazines and small books, or $13.50 for books over 500g, and any number of books up to a total of 3kg (so long as they fit in the prepaid post satchel). If in doubt about the amount of postage to add, please contact me. If the order is in stock, it will be dispatched within a few days. Otherwise I will advise you as to the expected delay.
Payment is by:
  • cheque or money order, payable to Colonial Lake Books
  • Direct Deposit (BankSA - a subsidiary of St. George Bank and Westpac; BSB:105-121 Acct#:073955140 Acct Name: Colonial Lake Books)
  • Visa and Mastercard: Let me know the card number, expiry date, CCV number, and name on the card (Phone 08 7231 1236)
  • or cash, if you see me in person
Send orders to and I will advise on availability of stock, and cost of postage. Orders will be dispatched on receipt of payment. If stock needs to be ordered from elsewhere, I will email you when the stock comes in, and advise on cost.
Contact Details:
Brenda Bartel
43 Immanuel Drive
Salisbury Heights SA 5109
(08)7231 1236

PO Box 292
Greenwith SA 5125
80 778 602 614