Detailed Weaving Book/Video Descriptions







Camilla Valley Farm Weavers' Supply is pleased to offer hundreds of books on Fibre Arts related topics. Below (and at the other links above) are detailed descriptions for a subset of the books available. The full list of books can be found at:

Also note that occasionally books become unavailable or a new source for out of print books is located. While we will try to provide books out of our inventory and/or can order them from our suppliers, sometimes this may not be possible. We will advise if a situation like this exists when you place your order, or you can contact us and we will verify availability before you order.


Undulating Weft Effects (Honeycomb)

by Harriet Tidball
8" x 10 1/2" Softcover (25 pages)
1963, The Shuttle Craft Guild
$10.95 Canadian ($8.95 US)

This is Shuttle Craft Monograph Nine and covers Undulating Weft Effects in great detail with extensive use of black and white pictures and drafts that include: Honeycomb, Curly Weave, Multiple-Shaft Honeycomb, Linear Zigzag (Spider Weave), Interrupted Linear Zigzag, Ondule, Undulating Warp Conversions and Various Interlacement Foundations. Variations based on Colour, Materials and Outline are also described as well as Spaced Warp and Borders.

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Vav & Weave - A Book on Weaving

edited by Mariana Eriksson & Kerstin Lovallius
7" x 11" Hardcover (108 pages)
2008, Hallvigs, Morgongava
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This broad-range weaving project book has Swedish and English text side by side on each page. The projects are based on traditional styles and techniques, with a contemporary interpretation.

Learn how to make your very own chenille out of rags to make a chenille rag rug! The rug chapter is followed by tableware, towels, curtains, upholstery, as well as a chapter on fabrics for clothing and accessories.

Projects include: "Rag Rug in Chenille", "Rag Rug with Small Squares" (6), "Rag Rug in Double Weave" (8), "Black and White Rag Rug", "Bathroom Mat in Plastic", "Twill Rag Rug with Treadling on Opposites and Colour Effect", "Runner in Plain Weave", "Linen Tablecloth with Small Patterned Surface", "White Linen Napkins", "Tablecloth in Pseudo-Damask" (7), "Checked Runner in Linen" (6), "Coarse Kitchen Towel or Placemat", "Striped Guest Towel", "Towel with Spanish Lace Border", "Curtain in Plain Weave and Leno Twist", "Panel Curtain in Mock Leno", "Panel Curtain in Paper", "Upholstery in Half Linen" (10), "Upholstery", "Reconstruction of Upholstery", "Upholstery for Stools", "Bench Cushions with Sheepskin", "Cushion with False Rya", "Cushion in Lisere" (5), "Wool and Linen in Color Effect", "Wollen Fabric for Skirts with Embroidery and Sturdy Hem", "Linen Crepe" (5), "Fabric for Jackets and Shawls" (6), "Winter Kercheif", "Hand-Raked Scarf", "Bag in Pile", "Shoulder Bag with Embroidery", "Bag with Small Squared Pattern" and "Fabric with Bubble Effect" (9). All are either 2 or 4 shaft designs except where the number of shafts is shown in brackets.

The end of the book includes a section on different kinds of weaving effects plus loom dressing tips as well as valuable advice for weaving and care. The broad range of materials and structures presented by this stunning array of beautiful projects, along with the generous weaving and finishing advice for each item, make this a serious text for studious weavers. The bilingual in the book will help anyone who owns other Swedish weaving books with translation.



VavKalender 2005

edited by Ann-Kristin Hallgren
8 1/4" x 11 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (25 pages)
2005, VavMagasinet
$22.95 Canadian ($18.95 US)

Produced by VavMagasinet, the Scandinavian Weaving Magazine, this 12 month wall calendar is not only beautiful but useful as well. Each month a new weaving project is beautifully illustrated and a full set of instructions are provided. These are written in Swedish, but the weaving drafts can be easily understood and we provide a list of Swedish weaving terms along with their English equivalents.

This calendar includes plans for tablecloths, a blanket, seatcovers and pillows, rugs, napkins, handbags and a table runner. The beautiful designs provide inspiration for your next project as well as decorating the wall of your weaving room.



VavMagasinet Scandinavian Weaving Magazine

8 3/4" x 11 1/2" Magazine
Plain Tabby Press
Pricing Varies

Looking for a Source for Weaving Projects?

The only magazine in Scandinavia for weavers - comes out annually in four, colourful and inspiring issues (February, April, August and November). Each issue contains up to 10 complete weaving projects, beautifully photographed and specially designed for the magazine. In addition, Vav Magasinet offers exciting reading about textile art and weaving from both near and far. The magazine covers courses and exhibitions, and visit individual textile artists, industries and weaving studios. The beginner as well as the experienced weaver cannot afford to miss out on this beautiful Scandinavian Weaving Magazine.

As well as North American Subscriptions for this wonderful publication, we carry a large selection of New Copies of the magazine going back to the 1980's. Each is written in Swedish but includes a booklet with the complete English Translation of all articles and projects



Versatile Bronson

by Dorothy S. Burton
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (56 pages)
1993, Weavers' Guild of Boston
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This is Monograph Five produced by the Weavers Guild of Boston, Massachusetts.

Mary Meigs Atwater is the individual in this country responsible for naming and popularizing the Bronson weave. She later admitted that she mistakenly named it after reading the Domestic Manufacturers'Assistant and Family Directory in the Arts of Weaving and Dyeing (reproduced under the title Early American Weaving and Dyeing), printed in 1817, written by J.&R. Bronson.

In this book she found several drafts for linen weaving written in a form not seen elsewhere. Each draft consisted of 4-thread spots with 2 threads of each spot threaded on harness 1 and the other two alternating on one of the pattern harnesses. Believing this was a new threading and weaving technique, she named it "Bronson" but later discovered that the weave is much older than the date of the Bronsons' book and was first called "spot weave" or "speck weave". Probably English in origin and woven in wool, during the Colonial period it was primarily a linen weave and was often called "diaper", meaning a small all-over pattern.

In Scandinavia, it is called "Droppdrall" and in Germany it is known as "Gerstenkornbindung". Marguerite Porter Davison calls it "Barleycorn" while Edward F. Worst does not name the technique as such, but names each pattern after a specific person. For example, in his book there is the "Martha Washington towel", the "Molly Pitcher pattern", etc.

The author classifies Bronson weaves in to three classes and then describes each in detail. "Spot Bronson" consists of small spots surrounded by tabby. "Bronson Lace" is a more open weave. With this technique it is possible to weave the pattern in lace with the background in tabby or one may weave the pattern in tabby with the background in lace. With "Bronson II", the pattern stands out very clearly as a strong weft effect with tabby areas surrounding it.

Many additional variations of the Bronson weave are described in a section entitled "Special Techniques". This is a wonderful analysis of the Bronson weaves and includes many threading diagrams, black & white photos of sample cloth and a colour draft.

Other monographs by the Weavers Guild of Boston include: From Weaving to Knitting, Josephine Estes' Miniature Overshot Patterns for Hand Weaving and More Linen Heirlooms.



The Vertical Loom - Principles and Construction

by Jules Kliot
7" x 8 1/2" Softcover (16 pages)
1976, Lacis Publications
$11.95 Canadian ($9.95 US)

This booklet provides instructions to allow the reader to construct a Vertical Loom. Often referred to as the High-Warp Loom, this weaving frame is designed primarily for large tapestries and rugs requiring two harness control. The vertical configuration permits practical viewing of the work as it progresses, uses minimum floor space and permits a practical accessibility to all areas of the work. The vertical loom can be constructed quite simply and with minimum expense, and is ideal for related weaving and textile techniques such as: Navajo weaving, warp-weighted weaving, Sprang, and bobbin lace.

This booklet includes construction diagrams for a number of variations of the loom along with an explanation of the operation along with different warping methods. It is well illustrated with line drawings.

The author has also written: Kumi Himo: Techniques of Japanese Plaiting, Sprang: Language & Techniques and Tapestry Loom Techniques: Exploration of the 2 Harness Loom.



Want Natural Colour? - A "How To" Guide for Natural Dyes on Protein Fibers, with Tips, Techniques, Mordanting and Afterbath Processes

by Jeanie Reagan
6" x 8 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (68 pages)
2003, Jeanie Reagan
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

A good companion book for any of the color picture books on natural dyeing. There is good introductory information for those new to dyeing with plantstuff, fiber preparation and mordanting. The core of this handbook is the abundance of anecdotes and facts about a wide range of almost 100 different plants. The book is a very useful compendium of dye lore for the serious dyer.

Chapters in the book cover such topics as: "Dyeing Tools", "Pre-Mordants & Afterbaths on Protein Fibers", "Overnight Mordanting", "Mordants", "Dye Assistants: Saddening, Greening and Brightening", "Dyestuffs", "Recommended Resources" and "Colour Guide".



Warp and Weave - Revised Edition

by Robert Leclerc
9 3/4" x 6 3/4" Softcover (115 pages)
1992, Nilus Leclerc Inc.
$29.95 Canadian ($24.95 US)

Included with almost every new Leclerc Floor and Table Loom, this classic book provides the beginner or advanced weaver with a guide to weaving covering basic loom design, operation, warping techniques, understanding drafts and weaving basics. Written by one of the leading figures in the 20th century weaving revival, Robert Leclerc's book contains many hints and detailed illustrations of components and techniques designed to make the weaving process more understandable. To start off the beginner, two projects, that are covered in detail, show the calculations and process involved in weaving from concept to completion.



Warp Painting - A Manual for Weavers

by Dominie Nash
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (32 pages)
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

By painting a warp, design possibilities are opened that cannot be achieved in any other way. Dominie Nash has researched the subject carefully, has done mountains of sampling and now presents to us a very clear picture of the whole process. Dominie eases our way by passing on hints she has learned through her experiments and by presenting an invaluable chart comparing the properties of specific dye stuffs. There is also a bibliography and a handy list of sources of supplies for anyone interested in painting a warp.



Warp Painting Plus - Garment Design & Construction Tips

instructed by Mollie Freeman & Sara Lamb
DVD Video (90 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

By following the easy step-by-step instructions in this video, you will be able to weave a variety of beautiful fabrics ... all in plain weave ... using a 5/2 cotton set at 20 epi, and woven in either a 14", 18", 27" or 32" width, depending upon the style of garment you wish to make (patterns included). The variation comes from the warp painting techniques presented. You will learn the complete warp painting process using a direct application technique with fibre reactive dyes using a "batching" technique for setting the dyes. Your first project will be a beautiful scarf and then you will learn more advanced jacket and vest projects. Each fabric you make will be unique and beautiful. Garment design and construction tips are also included to help you make garments that you will be proud to wear.

As a prerequisite the viewer should know how to prepare a warp and dress their loom for plain weave. For materials 5/2 cotton and fibre reactive dyes will be used and a loom will also be required. Since the fabrics are woven in plain weave, only a 2-harness floor or table loom is required. A complete list of materials needed is included on the written insert provided in the video package.



Warp with a Trapeze (and Dance with Your Loom)

by Kati Reeder Meek
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (48 pages)
2005, Penannular Press International
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Based on material first published in the author's earlier book Reflections from a Flaxen Past, this book further explores using Live Weight Tensioned Warps.

This book is basically a "how-to" instruction manual with pictures showing each of the steps. The first part of the book shows the reader how to construct and use a Warping Trapeze for a variety of looms. The second part is titled Dance with Your Loom Using Live-Weight-Tensioned Warps and the author shows the steps involved in modifying a standard weaving loom to perform this. A collection of pictures show different looms modified with the addition of a warp trapeze.

The author also covers a number of other topics including proper posture at the loom, shuttle handling, making a cloth apron for your loom and even includes a recipe for warp dressing.

This book is a great step-by-step instruction book on the subject and is profusely illustrated with over 170 photographs and drawings.



The Warp-Weighted Loom - Studies in the History and Technology of an Ancient Implement

Marta Hoffmann
6" x 9" Softcover (428 pages)
1964, Robin and Russ Handweavers
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This book resulted from studies by the author after realizing how little was known about the warp-weighted looms which had been exhibited in many Scandinavian museums. This extensive study maps the loom distribution, primarily across Norway and Finland and provides information on the looms, the weaving and the terminology used. Weaving tradition and information covering use of these looms in Iceland and the Faroes is also described. As well as the looms and their use, the author discusses common weave structures and the fabrics produced in these areas.

After a focus on Scandinavia, the book explores other areas and time periods in chapters titled: "The Dark Ages", "The Cloth Industry in the Middle Ages", "Lesser tools used with the Warp-Weighted loom" and "The looms of Classical Antiquity". This book, written in English, includes an extensive bibliography and index and includes a large number of black & white drawings and photographs.



Warping & Loom Preparation

instructed by Sallie Guy
DVD Video (88 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Successful warping is just a video view away! This comprehensive video includes warping from back to front with a paddle, using a raddle. Weavers can measure warps easily using anywhere from 4 to 20 ends at a time with a stationary warping paddle. The motion is rhythmical; crosses are made quickly, and all warp ends remain untwisted. When combined with a back to front beaming this method is ideal for multi-colour warps and all types of yarn (coarse, textured, fine or delicate). Even though the emphasis is on stationary paddle techniques, non-stationary techniques are also included. All aspects of loom preparation are covered including reading weaving drafts, plus threading, treadling and tie-up as they relate to jack, countermarch and counter-balance looms.

As a prerequisite, the student should be familiar with a four-harness loom and understand basic weaving vocabulary. For materials, you will need a warping board or reel, warp yarn (cotton), four to eight warping spools, a bobbin winder, warping paddle, postal scale or yardage counter, 2 1/2" c-clamp and a straight backed wooden chair or stand and, of course, a loom.



Warping the Loom Back to Front

instructed by Peggy Osterkamp
DVD Video (62 minutes colour)
Lease Sticks Press
$46.95 Canadian ($38.95 US)

This comprehensive video thouroughly explores the process of dressing a loom by yourself, from back to front. After discussing materials and tools that will make the job easier, Peggy divides the warping process into 6 easy steps: 1 - Measuring the Warp; 2 - Loading the Raddle; 3 - Beaming the Warp; 4 - Threading the Heddles; 5 - Sleying the Reed and 6 - Tying the Warp to the Cloth Beam Apron.

This video is loaded with many timesaving techniques and problem solving tips. Peggy shows you many ways to set up the loom to make warping comfortable. Key words of various steps are superimposed over the video as a reminder of the sequence and will serve as a handy future reference.

It is assumed that the viewer understands basic weaving terminology, knows the names of the parts of the loom, knows how to calculate warp for a project, is able to read a weaving draft and dress a 4-shaft loom even if they have only done it once in a class.

In addition to a loom and a reed, the viewer will need a warping board plus some general weaving supplies which are described at the beginning of the video.

The instructer has also written Warping Your Loom & Tying on New Warps, Weaving for Beginners - An Illustrated Guide, Weaving & Drafting Your Own Cloth and Winding a Warp and Using a Paddle.



Warping Your Loom & Tying On New Warps - Revised Edition

by Peggy Osterkamp
7 1/4" x 10" Softcover Spiral Bound (189 pages)
1997, Lease Stick Press
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This is book number 2 in Peggy Osterkamp's New Guide to Weaving series. Warping Your Loom and Tying On New Warps guides you through every stage of beaming your warp and threading the loom. Having her books at your loom is like having a patient, knowledgeable teacher at your side. The book covers every facet of the warping process from selecting the correct heddles, tying knots to Sectional Beaming and making and using a Warping Drum. While covering some very complex techniques, Peggy's excellent and frequent use of some of the best illustrations found in a Fibre text dissolve the complexity leaving the reader with a clear understanding of how to perform the procedure.

The instructer has also written Weaving and Designing Your Own Cloth, Weaving for Beginners - An Illustrated Guide, Winding a Warp and Using a Paddle and has produced the video Warping the Loom Back to Front.



Watercolor Felt Workbook - A Guide to Making Pictorial Felts Using Wet and Dry Felting Methods (2nd Edition)

by Patricia Spark
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover Spiral Bound (60 pages)
2007, Fine Fiber Press
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This workbook is intended to help you learn the technique developed by Pat Spark, called "Watercolor Felt". Ms. Spark calls her method by this name because she uses concepts from painting, and applies those concepts to feltmaking. The result is felts that are visually similar to watercolors, but which are totally made of dyed fiber.

There is no actual painting involved, unless you consider the placement of each individual colored fiber as "painting" with the fiber. The process involves the use of both the traditional, wet felting method and needle felting, also known as the dry felting method. Following Ms. Spark's instructions with these two felting methods, you will be able to create your own pictorial felts.

Don't know how to draw? Don't worry; Ms. Spark has included methods for working from photographs to create your images. The workbook is divided into two sections. Section One describes basic felting information. Section Two is a series of samplers that will take you step by step through the various needle felting and wet felting methods you will need for doing the process. The samplers are sequential, with each one building upon the techniques of the last so that you will methodically gain the expertise needed to make the pictorial felts.

All pictures and illustrations are in black and white with 4 pages of colored pictures showing the samplers you will make with a photograph of the flower or leaves at the top of the page and the finished felt piece at the bottom of the page.



Watson's Advanced Textile Design - Compound Weave Structures

by Z. J. Grosicki
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover Spiral Bound (435 pages)
1977, Butterworth & Co.
$60.95 Canadian ($50.95 US)

This is a reproduction of the 1977 Fourth edition of this classic reference for serious weavers. Used in many textile courses, this book is a companion volume to the earlier Watson's Textile Design and Colour dealing with compound woven structures.

Chapters in the book include: "Designing and Card-Cutting Systems", "Figuring with Extra Threads", "Backed Cloths", "Figured Pique Fabrics", "Stitched Figuring Weft Constructions", "Damasks and Compound Brocades", "Stitched Double Cloths", "Interchanging Double Cloths", "Multi-Layer Fabrics", "Figured Double and Treble Cloths", "Tapestry Structures", "Gauze and Leno Structures", "Weft Pile Fabrics", "Terry Pile Structures", "Warp Pile Fabrics Produced with the Aid of Wires", "Warp Pile Fabrics Produced on the Face to Face Principle" and "Spool and Gripper Azminster Carpets". The books two Appendices discuss "Traditional Loom Mountings and Special Jacquards" and "Uncommon Woven Structures".

This book and it's companion below are well illustrated and includes a great deal of technical information on looms and weaving.



Watson's Textile Design and Colour - Elementary Weaves and Figured Fabrics

by Z. Grosicki
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover Spiral Bound (387 pages)
1975, Butterworth & Co.
$57.95 Canadian ($47.95 US)

This is a reproduction of the 1975 Seventh edition of this classic reference for serious weavers. Used as a text in many textile courses, this book is a companion volume to Watson's Advanced Textile Design which was originally written in 1912. It was originally written by W. Watson who revised it several times before it saw a series of updates produced by members of the teaching staff of the Royal College of Science and Technology, Glasgow, including finally Z. Grosicki who rewrote it to produce this edition.

Chapters in the book include: "Elements of Woven Design", "Construction of Elementary Weaves", "Development of Weaves from Elementary Bases", "Fancy Twill, Diamond and Diaper Designs", "Miscellaneous Elementary Structures", "Special Rib and Cord Structures", "Stripe and Check Weave Combinations", "Elements of Colour", "Simple Colour and Weave Effects", "Compound Colour and Weave Effects", "Elements of Jacquard Shedding", "Construction and Development of Jacquard Designs", "Arrangement of Figures" and "Construction of Designs from Incomplete Repeats". As well as providing a 44 page definition of Standard Yarns and Standard Woven Fabrics, the Apendices in the book discuss, "Man-made Textile Materials" and "Basic Yarn and Cloth Relationships in Simple Woven Fabrics".

This book and it's companion above are well illustrated and includes a great deal of technical information on looms and weaving.



Weave Drafting the Easy Way - Part I

instructed by Constance La Lena
DVD Video (69 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

Even beginning weavers can learn to draft weaves using this step-by-step instructional course. Weave Drafting the Easy Way, Part I begins with a simplified method of writing weaving drafts, then proceeds to the actual designing of weaves. You will learn to write a weave plan and develop the threading, tie-up, and treadling from it as you explore plain weave and its many variations. You will be introduced to the concept of blocks, why pattern and weave are not the same thing, and how to use any appropriate weave you choose in a pattern. You will learn several drafting shortcuts and a simple method of writing an accurate drawdown which will exactly match the weave as you see it on the loom. This course takes the mystery out of weave drafting, and provides you with a solid foundation of experience for your own exploration.

As a prerequisite, the weaver should be familiar with the operation of a four-harness loom and have woven a project or two on such a loom. For materials, any four harness loom (table or floor model) may be used. You will need skeins of yarn in two colours to complete the scarf project, plus shuttles, graph paper, pen, coloured pencils and a notebook. A complete list of materials needed is included in the written insert.



Weave Drafting the Easy Way - Part II

instructed by Constance La Lena
DVD Video (74 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

In Weave Drafting - The Easy Way, Part II, you will continue your exploration of weave drafting concepts as you design your own weaves. You will be introduced to two-thread constructions, diagonal drafts and profile drafts. You will also learn a number of further shortcuts to weave drafting while you explore lace weaves, waffle weave, overshot, and twills. You will be shown an easy way to visualize exactly how a complex weave, such as overshot, will look without actually having to weave it first. Both 4-harness drafts and advanced weaves requiring 6 or more harnesses are incorporated, making this a course which will be referred to over and over as the skill and experience of the weaver grows.

Part I of this video series is the prerequisite to this course and graph paper, pen, coloured pencils and a notebook are the required materials.



Weave Structures the Swedish Way - Volume 1

Ulla Getzmann
8 3/4" x 11 1/4" Hardcover (40 pages)
2006, Vav Stuga Press
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

This classic Swedish weaving text on the theory of drafting is finally available in English!

The clear and concise drafts show drawdowns, structure units, threadings, treadlings, and tie-ups. The book starts with plain weaves and twills. All the twill variations presented are seen in fabric swatches on the front cover.

Swatches for the rest of the drafts are shown on the back cover of the book. These include satins and the traditional Swedish damask block weaves, each covered in its own chapter. Details of profile drafting will be found here.

These are followed by other authentic Swedish block weaves such as halvdrall, overshot and crackle. Those already familiar with the crackle weave may find this approach of interest. The final chapter gives instructions on analyzing a fabric swatch to determine the structure, threading, treadling and tie-up. This book, written a half century ago, is an indispensible basic manual to both the handweaver and the weaving instructor.



A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns - From the Friends of Handwoven

edited by Carol Strickler
8 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (240 pages)
1991, Interweave Press, Inc.
$54.95 Canadian ($45.95 US)

Are you an 8-shaft weaver pressed for time? Or a 4-shaft weaver with more shafts on your loom gathering dust? Whether you want to get a project off to a fast start or to experiment with confidence, let A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns be your guide. It's a recipe book containing almost 1000 weaving patterns on more than 25 different weave structures.



The Weaver's Book of Scottish Tartans

by Harriet Tidball
8" x 10 1/2" Softcover (46 pages)
1996, ShuttleCraftBooks Inc.
$9.95 Canadian ($9.95 US)

The history of Scottish tartans is followed by tartan patterns and a section on weaving tartans. A comprehensive listing of tartan terms and 260 traditional setts are given, a number of which are also shown in a tartan profile to give the weaver a better conception of the colour designs. This book is Shuttle-craft Monograph 5.

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The Weaver's Companion

by Handwoven Magazine
7" x 5 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (112 pages)
2001, Interweave Press, Inc.
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

The third book in the best-selling "Companion Series", this handbook is a valuable tool for every weaver. Filled with definitions, illustrations of weaving techniques, tools and tips. it is written in a step-by-step format with easy-to-read reference charts and spiral bound to stay open while you work. The pages of the book are extra thick and the black and white text and diagrams are cleanly laid out to make it the perfect handy reference guide to keep at your side in the pockets of your weaving bench.

The contents of the book are broken down into sections on "Looms and Other Equipment", "Yarn", "Warping", "Drafting", "Troubleshooting", "Planning", "Design Basics" and "Fabric Finishing". In these you will find such timesaving information as a rule of thumb for estimating Sett in different weave structures, Formulas for calculating Warp and Weft yardage, how to make choke ties when warping, how to calculate yarn twist, an explanation of the draft conventions used by the most popular books and magazines, a collection of weavers' knots, tips on fixing threading errors and broken warp threads, a collection of stitches and different fringe and finishing ideas.

This is a must have book for weavers who would like to consolidate all those little bits of information they have found spread through their library, into one handy little book.

Other books in this series include The Crocheter's Companion, The Dyer's Companion, The Knitter's Companion and The Spinners Companion.



Weaver's Craft Magazine

8 1/2" x 11" Magazine
Plain Tabby Press
Pricing Varies

A new magazine by Jean Scorgie, the former editor of Handwoven magazine. This new publication, targeted at beginning and intermediate handweavers debuted in February 2000. Weaver's Craft features well-designed projects with special emphasis on creative expression in color and design. Each issue explains concepts, discusses options, and illustrates processes step by step, like having a teacher at your elbow guiding you with the information you need to learn and grow. No advertisements, no filler, just information you can use to make your weaving highly rewarding.

We have a selection of New Copies of the magazine.



The Weaver's Draft Book and Clothiers Assistant - A Facsimile Reproduction of the Original Edition 1792

by John Hargrove
8" x 9 1/2" Softcover (112 pages)
2002, Piper Publishing LLC
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

In 1792 John Hargrove assembled fifty-two weaver's patterns or drafts including plain denims, cords, and velverets and more elaborately titled weaves, such as The Irish Fancy and Lilipution Stuff and The Deception Diaper. He also gave "An approved receipt for sizing Cotton Warps' and five sets of directions for dyeing thread and cotton or woolen yarn.

Time has taken its toll on the accessibility of Hargrove's work, so that by 1977, when the American Antiquarian Society first reissued it, only two copies were known in public collections. The Society used its own copy as the basis for a facsimile edition and since then it has been a useful guide for contemporary weavers and an armchair guide to the past for those who do not have a loom or access to any of the ingrdients that Mr. Hargrove took for granted - cotton, linen or woolen yarn, one barrel of rain water or a slow fire over which to dissolve powdered Spanish indigo in a strong solution of potash.

This wonderful book reproduces John Hargrove's 28 page book prefaced with an overview of the life and career of the author. It is followed with a section called Hargrove's Patterns in Contemporary Context by Rita J. Androsko, a Curator of the National Museum of Natural History.



A Weaver's Garden - Growing Plants for Natural Dyes and Fibers

by Ruth Buchanan
5 1/4" x 8 1/2" Softcover (228 pages)
2002, Dover Publications, Inc.
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Long before the invention of pottery, men and women wove baskets from plant fibers. Today, craftworkers creating textiles and other products make use of many of these same resources and methods. Thoroughly researched and charmingly written, this practical guide by a veteran botanist and horticulturist provides weavers and gardeners alike with a wealth of information on growing plants for use in weaving and dyeing projects.

Beginning with the history and uses of plant fibers, A Weaver's Garden then offers valuable hints on dyeing fibers and fabrics and how to use soap plants for cleaning textiles. Readers will also find expert advice on fragrant plants for scenting and protecting textiles, what plant materials to use as tools, how to plan and create a garden containing cotton, flax, indigo, madder, fuller's teasel, woad, and many other useful plans; and much more. A glossary, pronunciation guide, and an abundance of illustrations complete this informative and inspiring volume. The book includes 25 black & white illustrations, four sample garden diagrams, and 6 colour illustrations on the covers.



The Weaver's Idea Book - Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom

by Jane Patrick
9 1/2" x 9 1/2" Spiralbound Hardcover (240 pages)
2010, Interweave Press, Inc.
$35.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

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.



Weaver's Journal Magazine

8 1/2" x 11" Magazine
Arana Press Inc.
Pricing Varies

The Weaver's Journal was published four times a year and was an excellent source of information, ideas and inspiration for weavers worldwide. It lasted a decade from 1976 to it's final issue in the Summer of 1986 and over the years has seen contributions by well known experts in the field of weaving such as Clotilde Barrett, Jack Lenor Larsen, Janet Meany, Allen Fannin, Madelyn van der Hoogt and Else Regensteiner.

We have a limited selection of New Copies of the magazine still available.



The Weaver's Journal - Ten Year Cumulative Index 1976-1986

8 1/2" x 11" Softcover Insert (24 pages)
The Unicorn, Books for Craftsmen
$9.95 Canadian ($7.95 US)

This index is the perfect companion to your collection of The Weaver's Journal magazine. It indexes articles by Authors, Titles, Subjects and Departments from 10 years of the magazine's history. Now your collection can be used as a valuable resource as you quickly locate the article you need without searching through a stack of magazines one-by-one.



Weaver's Super Index 2000

8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (56 pages)
2000, XRX Books
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

The perfect way to quickly locate the article you are looking for!

This handy guide combines a separate Subject, Author and Issue Index for both the Prarie Wool Companion and Weaver's Magazines covering all 16 issues of the former and 44 issues of the latter. Any article published during the 18 years these were published can be found allowing the weaver to turn a pile of magazines into a handy reference library. A must have for anyone who has collected these magazines.



Weaves - A Design Handbook

by Eleanor Best
5 1/2" x 8 1/2" Spiral Bound Softcover (163 pages)
1987, Bestudio
NO LONGER AVAILABLE (CURRENTLY OUT OF PRINT)

Advanced weavers with 8-, 12- or 16-harness looms will find a lot of useful information here. The purpose of this book is to present a number of weaves from which a wide range of designing is possible. Charts have been developed to assist in tying up, pegging or feeding the information to the computer so that precious time may be saved to apply to the designing aspect. Concepts are given in a terse but clear and to the point format eliminating the need for in-depth study. Once you understand the concepts you'll understand many different multiple harness weave systems. After a short section explaining the Charts and Terminology used in the book, the author provides chapters that cover: Beiderwand, Crackle, Damask, Diaper Twill, Dimai, Double Two-Tie, Double Weave, Lace Weaves, Overshot, The Profile Draft, Summer & Winter, Tie-ups and Twills. There is a large bibliography for those who wish to do further study and a complete index at the end.



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