Kent McManis and fellow trader Robert Jeffries have provided us with the definitive introduction to one of the most popular American Indian arts — Navajo rug weaving. It covers development from the seventeenth century through innovations of the craft today–everything from the classic Chief’s Blankets, to the famous Two Grey Hills designs, to the latest in pictorial rugs. Of great help to the new collector is the list of standards in judging the quality of a rug and advice for its proper care. Fully illustrated with stunning examples of over fifty rug types.
Author: M.P. Davison
128 pp (paper)
If you’re interested in coverlets and 2- or 4-block designs, the Source Book is a wonderful reference. The drafts, although a bit difficult at first glance, are quite clear after reading the thorough explanation. Each is completely drawn down so you can see the full effect.
by Rowena Hart
Give woven textiles a contemporary twist with Color and Texture in Weaving!
Learn to mix color and yarn types to create textiles that are rich with color and texture as well as refreshing and modern. Using either a simple four- or eight-shaft loom you can discover how to mix color and yarn types to maximize visual effects in your weaving.
Beginner weavers will find helpful guidance for color warping and a plethora of expert weaving inspiration. And if you’ve already mastered the basic skills, you’ll find Color and Texture in Weaving to be a dependable weaving resource with complex techniques and a wealth of inspiring patterns. There are hundreds of weaving patterns within for you to enjoy; each is illustrated with swatches of finished textiles, setup diagrams, lifting patterns, and fabric samples shown in large, full-color photos to highlight the detail.
Providing you with everything from basic setup instructions to advanced weaving ideas, Color and Texture in Weaving offers contemporary, colorful, and creative possibilities for all weavers looking to refine their color and texture approaches to textiles.
Contains patterns and instructions for weaving and sewing your garments.
By Pat White & Isa Vogel
By Mary Meigs Atwater
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.
The Schacht Flip folding rigid heddle loom,is comfortable, compact, sturdy, and a pleasure to weave on. Designed for high performance, this loom folds in a jiffy for storage or transport.
Weave in comfort. Choose three different weaving modes: use the rear leg for hooking to a table edge, clamp it to a table for stand-up weaving, or install it on our convenient trestle stand. Warp in a flash. With the Flip Bag, you can easily take Flip along with you. (trestle and bag available separately)
Fine-toothed nylon ratchets provide precise tension control. The conveniently located heddle blocks on the sides of the loom hold the rigid heddle in the up, down, or neutral position. The heddle, available in 5, 8, 10 and 12 dents per inch, is made of durable ABS plastic, with large eyes and slots. Flip is ideal for plain weaves and pick-up patterns. (Our Flips come with 10 dent reeds, with additional reed options available separately.)
Our designed-in two-heddle capabilities make it easy and natural to weave with two heddles.
Included with Flip are clamps and a warping peg for direct-loom warping. We include instructions for both direct and pre-measuring methods. Our top cross braces allow long warps, up to 5-6 yards (depending on yarn weight and winding paper), to be wound on the beams without impacting the size of the shed.
Flip is available in 15”, 20”, and 25” weaving widths, and includes one 5-, 8-, 10-, or 12-dent reed, warping peg, 2 shuttles, 2 clamps, threading hook, and complete warping and weaving instructions.
by Mary Meigs Atwater
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.