by Deborah Chandler
Originally published in 1995, more than 40,000 weavers have used this unparalleled study guide to learn from scratch or to hone their skills. Written with a mentoring voice, each lesson includes friendly, straightforward advice and is accompanied by illustrations and photographs. Crafters need only to approach this subject with a willingness to learn such basics as three methods for step-by-step warping, basic weaving techniques, project planning, reading and designing drafts, the basics of all the most common weave structures, and many more handy hints. Beginners will find this guidebook an invaluable teacher, while more seasoned weavers will find food for thought in the chapters on weave structures and drafting.
Try small loom weaving and get big results!
The Woven Bag features bags in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from the petite Beaded Amulet Pouch to the voluminous carryall, The Grand Duchess. Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms. Even if you’ve never woven before, the tips, tips and techniques in this book will quickly have you weaving squares, triangles and rectangles that can then be assembled into wonderful one-of-a-kind projects.
New and experienced weavers alike are always on the lookout for new weave-structure patterns. The Weaver’s Idea Book presents a wide variety of patterns for the simple rigid-heddle loom, accompanied by harness drafts for multishaft looms. The techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric. Each chapter contains weaving patterns along with swatches illustrating the techniques, accompanied by step-by-step photography.
The book is arranged by structure or type of weave, from variations on plain weave to doubleweave. With traditional patterns from around the world, bands, and fabrics woven on two double heddles, The Weaver’s Idea Book brings together a variety of ways to create exquisite cloth. Weaving tips and tricks help weavers at all levels achieve their textile dreams. In addition to pattern drafts, Jane offers project ideas that guide the reader through creating functional woven projects, from wearables to home decor.
Weaving, especially on rigid-heddle looms, is enjoying a resurgence, and contemporary weavers are in need of a book to bridge the divide between basic books and complex text designed for advanced weavers with sophisticated tools. Celebrating the immense potential for creativity possible with the simplest of tools, The Weaver’s Idea Book opens new avenues for exploration on both the rigid-heddle and multishaft looms.
Renowned fiber artist Sara Lamb gives weavers an inside look at her groundbreaking work in Woven Treasures. From inspiration and project planning, to her signature hand-manipulated techniques, Lamb leads weavers through the steps of making exquisite bags using folk weaving techniques that evoke modern ideas in brilliant colors and textures.
Woven Treasures includes:
- An overview of Lamb’s recent bag series.
- An introduction for the weaver to the process of concepting and planning a woven piece.
- A technique section of 6 folk weaving tutorials, such as hand-manipulating weaving techniques with a multi-technique sampler that gives basic instructions for soumak, twining, cut pile, cardweaving, inkle weaving, and plain weave.
- Project instructions for 8 hand-woven bags.
- Sidebars sprinkled throughout the book include the history of folk weaving techniques, as well as Lamb’s signature beaded and stitched embellishment designs.
Woven Treasure’s bag designs allow weavers an immediate sense of accomplishment, and the finished projects can be used and/or displayed as works of art.
by Rebecca Smith & Catherine Ozbun
Weaving with Knitting Yarn is written for fiber enthusiasts who like finding new ways to use beautiful yarns. The book teaches three weaving techniques, then guides you through projects based on each technique. You don’t need a big loom to weave these easy projects. Using a loom that fits in your lap you can weave purses, tapestries and fun decorative items like mug rugs.
Doubleweave is the art of weaving two layers of cloth at the same time, one above the other on the loom, creating beautiful cloth that is reversible yet unique on each side. Using pick-up techniques and clever color mixing, patterns emerge that are different but complementary on each side.
The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave begins with a brief history of doubleweave and how it has evolved into the contemporary weaving pieces seen today. Next, you will learn all the basics of doubleweave techniques, as well as tips and tricks of setting up the warp, and a variety of doubleweave specialty techniques all shown through detailed process photography and a wealth of swatches demonstrating different effects. Specialty techniques are shown for 4-shaft and 8-shaft looms. The weaving effects covered include lace, tubular weave, pick-up, color mixing, and more. And since doubleweave showcases color and pattern in unique ways, you will learn how to use these to great effect in your cloth designs. Throughout the book, you will find a wealth of inspiration with many examples of finished cloth and projects, from wall hangings and table runners to scarves and pillows.