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Damask and Opphamta with Weaving Sword or Drawloom

by Lillemor Johansson/LT
7" x 9" Hardcover (167 pages)
1982, LTs forlag

Susan Jones translated this interesting Swedish book into English. Damask is a weaving technique with a very long history. Linen damasks were imported to Sweden as early as the mid-1500s, and the oldest damask woven in Sweden is dated 1700. Opphamta, or upphamta weaving, in comparison, can be traced far back in Swedish tradition. Damask and opphamta are completely different when seen from a technical point of view, but both are considered to be relatively advanced. Both are techniques for which you either use a pick-up stick or a loom with a special device which explains why both rather diverse types of patterning are combined within the covers of one book.

Damask weave is based on the same principle as a turned twill, but the ground weave is satin, usually 1,4 and 4, 1. Opphamta is a weave in which the pattern is based on long floating weft inlays on a tabby or basket weave ground. They are both discussed in this book because the same equipment is used in weaving them. This equipment consists of weaving sword, long-eyed heddles, half-heddle sticks, or drawloom arrangements. This is slow weaving, but worth the time.

The first chapters in the book go into the long history of Swedish weaving, the special equipment used in their historical weaves and the development of their weaving schools. This history is most interesting. It tells of the special pieces individual weavers made for the Monarchy and pictures show how well these pieces have been preserved. Later chapters bring us right up to the present, using the same techniques and tool. The use of the more complicated drawloom and drawloom attachments is also discussed and the illustrations, diagrams and explanations of the making and use of these tools are excellent.

In addition to the discussion on the tools and techniques, the book discusses the weaving schools in Sweden at the present time and also the weaving of various contemporary individuals is traced, with pictures of their weavings and the looms they use. Directions with threadings and methods used are included.

If you like folk art type pick-up patterning or the more subtle and sophisticated looking damask, this book will help you. Also, if you have a four, eight or twelve harness loom and wish it had more harness capacity, this book is for you. It is not a book for the beginner, but for the experienced weaver who knows what his/her loom can do. It will tell you explicitly how to increase your harness power, and show you with diagrams and pictures just how to do it inexpensively.The skillful weaver who wants to test his or her ability with either of these demanding and beautiful weaves has been without such a textbook, suitable for courses or home use, for a long time. Richly illustrated with both colour and black and white photographs and diagrams.

The book's author is also the long time editor of VavMagasinet, the Scandinavian Weaving Magazine and co-edited the compilation books: Swedish Rag Rugs and Happy Weaving from VavMagasinet.

Decorative Art Weaving

by Ulla Stalberg
8" x 8" Softcover (58 pages)
1988, LTs forlag

To be able by oneself to compose a weaving, to create a textile picture - is a dream come true for those who feel that art weaving is the finest way to express themselves! But is one's own capability really enough, how does one make the sketch, how does one choose a technique?

Swedish textile artist Ulla Stalberg in this book gives the impulses, ideas and instructions that are needed for the uncertain to venture to try the first sample weaving and then to be comfortable enough to weave on by their own sketches.

Nature is our foremost source of inspiration, but also music and poetry she says. A succession of beautiful colour photos signed by the photographer Olof Wallgren - illustrates development by way of collages of rocks, seeds, paper, etc. from a coloured sketch to a finished weaving. The author also teaches the art of "thinking textile" by always having one's eyes, ears and all senses open to the richness found in the nature and art.

As well as and artistic focus, the book also includes important technical directions, information on yarn qualities, dyeing, etc. But the most value of the book is probably the underlying tone of creative happiness - it surely must affect all who are busy at their weaving frames!

Design & The Handweaver

by Mary Meigs Atwater
8" x 10 1/2" Softcover (26 pages)
1961, ShuttleCraftBooks Inc.
$12.95 Canadian ($10.95 US)

Elements of Design such as purpose, proportion, texture, colour and pattern are covered in the author's unique style as she stands back from the details of weaving and discusses the components that lead to the production of a good design. This monograph offers insight into the design process gained through the author's 40 years of involvement in handweaving. This is the Shuttle Craft Guild Monograph 3.

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Design Collection 1 - Simple Summer Tops

edited by Linda Ligon & Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (14 pages)

The first design collection produced, this issue includes a collection of 12 creative projects with names like: Sherbet Jacket, Sherbet Camisole, Macedonian-style Topper, Elegant Lace Tops, Tucked Silk Shirt, Buttercup Top, Spring Reflections Blouse, Pop Top, Inkle Band Vest, Chenille Jacket, "Shades of Summer" Pants Top and Two on One Warp. Includes 12 colour photographs.

Design Collection 3 - Gifts

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (24 pages)

If you can't think of what to give someone for their birthday, Christmas or baby shower, check out this collection of 19 creative projects with names like: Ribbons, Tapestry Pouch, Kitchen Towels, Mohair Scarf, Sewing Set, Tartan Tie, Silk Evening Bag, Go Anywhere Dufflebag, Cotton Baby Bib, Hand Dyed Vest, Three Alpaca Scarves, Gardener's Apron, M's & O's Tablecloth, Fingertip Towels, Luncheon Napkins, Sachets, Baby Blanket, Alligator and Hippopotamus. Includes 17 colour photographs.

Design Collection 4 - Outerwear

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (24 pages)
$11.95 Canadian ($9.95 US)

A collection of 16 Jacket, Vest, Coat and Accessory projects with names like: Capote, Fair Isle Pullover, Bolero Vest, Super Cord Jacket, Windowpane Check Jacket, Nubby Jacket, Silk and Chenille Jacket, Cotton "Baseball" Jacket, Fat Yarn Coat, Hat and Scarf, Russet Sweater Jacket, Driving Cap and Scarf, Cold Weather Shawl, One-Piece Vest, Harvest Coat and Ruana. This book includes 15 colour photographs.

Design Collection 5 - Dishtowels

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (21 pages)

Anyone searching for ideas for Dishtowels will hit pay dirt with this collection of 29 creative projects with names like: Thick and Thirsty Towel for Dishes or Hands, Red, White and Blue Towel, Victoria's Towel, Waffle Weave Towel, Linen Tea Towel, Cotton and Linen Tow Towel, Sunset, Better Than Average Towel, Companion Towels, Satin Weave Tea Towel, Two Towels, One Warp, "Swedish Rose Path" Towel, Spring, Simple Cotton Towels, Striped Towel, White-on-White Kitchen Towel, Elegancex2, Christmas Tea Towel, A Fine Heirloom, Paper Dolls, Swedish Lace Towel, "Miniature Cat Track and Snail Trail" Towel, Colour Gamp Towel, Crackle Weave Towel, Swedish Inspired Dish Towel, "Feather" Striped Towel, A Warp Emphasis Towel and False Damask Towel. Includes 17 colour photographs.

Design Collection 6 - Not for Beginners Only

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (30 pages)

A collection of Plain Weave projects for Beginner Weavers but which will appeal to more experienced fabric artists. Along with Finishing Tips, this collection provides insight on project variations to allow for experimentation by the weaver. Included are projects with names like: Cotton Placemats with Pattern Accents, Casual Runner with Warp Float Accents, Cardboard Woven Purses, Afghan/Ruana, Colour and Weave Effect Muffler, Warm 'n Wooly Plaid Scarf, Warm 'n Wooly Checked Scarf, Warm 'n Wooly Striped Scarf, Versatile Bands, Silk Ribbon, Suspenders, Weft-Faced Sash, Blouson Vest, Sampler Hanging, Three Placemats on One Warp, Linen Knop Vest, Weed Holder, Poppana Bags, Harvest Afghan, Companion Pillows and Jaunty Jacket. Includes 23 colour photographs.

Design Collection 7 - Simple Styles

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (21 pages)
$11.95 Canadian ($9.95 US)

This collection of 12 beautiful Sweaters, Vests, Coats and Jackets are for those weavers who hesitate when it comes to cutting their fabric creations. The editor has assembled a collection of stylish fashion garments that minimize cutting work once the fabric has been woven. Included are projects with names like: Cardigan Sweater, Linen Brocade "Sunshine" Top, Chemise Traveler, Desert Tones Vest, "Falling Blossoms" Hapi Coat, Simple Plaid Jacket, Two-Toned Pullover, Waist Belted Tabard, Pastel Poncho, Seascape Dress, Plaid Coat and Rosepath Pullover. Includes 13 colour photographs.

Design Collection 8 - Just Rags

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (23 pages)

Instructions for 16 rug patterns including: Rag Bag, Flight Wall Hanging, Barleycorn Rug, Sherbet Runner, Mats in Double Binding, Log Cabin Mats, Denim Rug, Poppana Top, Rag Rug in Rosepath, Muslin Jacket, Madras Double Corduroy Rug, Mug Rugs, Pantyhose Rug, Aspen Jacket, Reversible Rug and Red Rug for V.I.G. Includes 16 colour photographs.

Design Collection 10 - Terrific Table Toppers

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (23 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($10.95 US)

Instructions for 15 projects for Placemats, Napkins and Table Runners. Projects include: Monk's Belt Table Runner, Colonial Ensemble, Twill Table Runner, Subtle Lightning Mat, Rep Weave Table Mat, Double Weave Mat, Warp Rep Table Mats, Zippy Placemats, Desert Dawn Breakfast Cloth, Textured Linen Placemats, Warp-Block Table Runner, Vertical Monk's Belt Placemats, "Simply Country" Tablecloth, Basket Weave Table Runner, Mix and Match Napkins and Placemats. Includes 15 colour photographs.

Design Collection 11 - Heirloom Table Linens

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (23 pages)

A continuation of #10, this collection provides instructions for 12 Placemats and Table Runner projects. Included are: Classic Linen Lace, Crisp Elegance, Name-Draft Bordered Mat, Mat Woven for Cross-Stitch, Baroque Twill Runner, Delicate Country Check, Huck Heirloom Napkins, Quiet Beauty Tablecloth, Colonial Rose Runner, Autumn Windows Double Weave, Traditional Luncheon Set and Lithuanian and Leno. Includes 12 colour photographs.

Design Collection 12 - Great Cover-ups

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (23 pages)
$12.95 Canadian ($10.95 US)

A collection of 16 beautiful blanket projects for babies, children and adults. Included are: Ribbon/Mohair Blanket, Bokhara Blocks, "Four on the Floor", Swedish Lace/Rose Blanket, Shades of Autumn, "Laetare" Throw, Dove Gray Throw, "Subtle Rainbow" Throw, Eric's Blanket, Sailboat Blanket, Overshot Baby Blanket, Checked Baby Blanket, Thomas' Blanket, Bronson Baby Blanket, Cowboy Plaid Throw and Watermelon Blues. Includes 12 colour photographs.

Design Collection 13 - Super Simple Tops

edited by Jane Patrick
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (22 pages)
$11.95 Canadian ($9.95 US)

These 12 winners of Handwovens "Super Simple Tops Weaving Contest" provide projects and/or inspiration for those looking for ideas for Jackets and Vests. Included are: Abalone Shirt, Etude Shirt, Trellis Vest, Easy Shrug, Versatile Vest, Brushed Wool Sweater Vest, Ribbon Checked Jacket, Diamond Lace Blouse, Inlay-Embellished Top, Overblouse with Inlays, Boldly Striped Top and Beaded Fiesta Top. Includes 12 colour photographs.

Design Collection 14 - Weaving for Baby

edited by Ann Walker Budd
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (21 pages)
$11.95 Canadian ($9.95 US)

Instructions for 13 projects that will bring a smile to baby's face! Projects include: Windowpane Baby Sweater, Luke's Christening Gown, Primary Blocks Hanging, "Red Riding Hood" Doll Set, Baby's Clutch Ball, Dish Towel Animals, Rosepath Baby Blanket, Baby's Rainbow, Pastel Baby Wrap, Music Pillow, Cotton Kimono Jacket, Helston Furry Dance Blanket and Hearts and Petals Baby Bibs. Includes 11 colour photographs.

Design Collection 15 - Sensational Scarves

edited by Ann Walker Budd
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (21 pages)

Detailed patterns for 17 beautiful scarves with intriguing names that include: Star Pattern Silk Scarf, Opening Night at the Opera, Translucent Windows, Stained-Glass Squares, Radiant Glow Scarf, Cinnamon Chenille Scarf, The Colour Purple, The Imperial Shadow, Twilight, Snowflake Scarf, Swarthmore Check Scarf, Name Draft Scarf, Crackle Plaid Scarf, Log Cabin Chenille Scarf, Triangle Scarf, Rosedust Silk Scarf and Winter Nights Shadow Scarf. Includes 14 colour pictures.

Design Collection 16 - Kitchen Collection

edited by Ann Walker Budd
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (21 pages)

This collection of 13 projects for the kitchen includes Tea towels, Aprons, Curtains and Potholders. Patterns include: Windowpane Tea Towels, Checked Overshot Pot Holders, Tulip Time Apron, Shadow Weave Towels, Maine Woods Camp Cloth, Whole-Grain Bread Cloths, Cross-Stitch Tea Towels, Easy-care Reversible Placemats and Napkins, Fiesta Napkins, Sturdy Striped Apron, Red and White Checked Towels, Embroidered Kitchen Curtains and Towels for Weavers and Spinners. These projects are presented along with 13 colour photographs.

Design Collection 17 - Jackets and Pullovers

edited by Jean Scorgie
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (21 pages)
$11.95 Canadian ($9.95 US)

10 Interesting projects with intriguing names like: Black and Copper Cardigan, Variations on a Theme, Shades of Nightime, Raspberry Jam, Midnight Hour Cardigan, Sweater with a Split Collar, Corded and Cropped Cardigan, Pieced Cardigan, Vibrant Tunic and Iridescent Cotton Sweater are presented in this collection along with 10 colour photographs.

Design Collection 18 - A Treasury of Towels

edited by Madelyn van der Hoogt
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (32 pages)

Weavers love towels: they are quick and easy, fun to design and they make great gifts. This collection of 15 projects ranges from kitchen to bath, from fingertip to pawtip. And what better way to sample new weave structures or try out new colour combinations? You'll find plain weave, twill, waffle, huck lace, log cabin, Ms & Os, crackle, summer and winter and more.

Projects in this book include: "Anything but Plain Kitchen Towels", "Friendship Towels in Huckaback", "Traditional Monk's Belt Kitchen Towels", "Kitchen Towels in Versatile Log Cabin", "M's and O's for a Bright Bath Towel", "Bath Towels in Cushy Cotton Chenille", "Contemporary Overshot Bath Towels", "Sauna Towels in Colorful Crackle", "His and Her Beach Towels", "A Lap Towel for Spinners", "Stop, Start, Caution and Finish Towels", "No-Sweat Towels for the Gym", "Cat Track and Snail Trail Pet Towels", Guest Towels in Atwater-Bronson Lace", "Heirloom Towels in Linen and Huck Lace" and "All-purpose Waffle-Weave Towels". Like all Handwoven Design Collections, this one has beautiful photography and complete easy-to-follow instructions.

Design Collection 19 - Scarves and Shawls for all Seasons

edited by Madelyn van der Hoogt
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (32 pages)

Handweavers love scarves and shawls. They require no cutting or sewing and they can be woven on the simplest looms, yet they turn humdrum outfits into eye-dazzlers. This newest collection from Handwoven magazine includes 15 projects in glorious colors and intriguing weave structures in a wide range of materials-from silky to soft, woolly to gossamer, dressy to practical. Give them as gifts, use them to enhance a wardrobe, drape them on a couch or chair to enjoy, or hang them on the wall and call them art. Why not?

Projects in this book include: "Autumn Leaves Shawl in Chenille", "Collapse-Weave Scarf in Wool and Silk", "Blooming Leaf Chenille Scarf", "Child's Play: A Winter Scarf", "The Mobi-Q Shawl", "A Winter Scarf in Dornik Twill", "Doubleweave for a Wool Ruana", "Soft and Silky Warp-Faced Scarf", "Silk Huck Lace Shawls for Spring", "Spring Flowers Shawl", "A Twill Scarf That's Light as Air", "Night Windows Scarf", "Lavender Shadows Scarves", "Peacock Shawl in Shiny Tencel" and "A New Millennium Quechquemitl". A section on "Weaving and Finishing Scarves and Shawls" is also included.

Like the 18 other Design Collections from Handwoven magazine, this one has beautiful photography and complete easy-to-follow instructions.

Design Collection 20 - Weekend Weaving Projects

edited by Madelyn van der Hoogt
8 1/2" x 11" Booklet (32 pages)
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

If your busy life is leaving you too little time to weave, this Design Collection will help. The editors of Handwoven magazine have assembled some of their best designers to present a stunning collection of quick projects you can start and finish in a weekend. From totes to tablecloths, these 14 projects are guaranteed to excite weavers of all abilities. You'll learn the tricks of designing simply and will discover a wealth of design ideas. Amaze a friend or family member with a handwoven gift or a wonderfully textured scarf that looks like it required weeks of work (when all it really took you was a weekend).

The projects in this collection include: "Keepsake Silk Album Cover", "A Stepping-Out Scarf", "Botanical Bookmarks", "Spot-Weave Summer Towels", "Decorative Strap for Camera, Guitar or?", "Patio Coasters", "A Weaver's Bag in Raanu", "Red Tulips Blouse", "A Go-Anywhere Bag in Warp Rep", "Log Cabin Lap Robe", "Raffia Tote", "Block Party Tea Towel", "Boucle Cocoon" and "Tapestry Saddlebags for your Loom".

Like the 19 other Design Collections from Handwoven magazine, this one has beautiful photography and complete easy-to-follow instructions. There are 16 projects all charted and shown in colour photographs.

Designer Diagonals - A Portfolio of Patterns for Bias Clothing

by Virginia West
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (44 pages)
1988, Virginia West

The author has put her fascination with the use of Diagonals in garment design to work in this book which provides instructions on how to turn woven fabric into beautiful and stylish garments. The 20 patterns in this book include: Angel Wing Blouse (4 variations), Dropped Waist Blouse, The Blouson, The Cocoon, The Classic Mantle, Raglan Style Blouses and Tunic, Raglan Blouse II, The Shift, Jewel of a Jacket, Love those Lapels, "Opera" Cape, "Opera" Cape II, Romantic Flounce, Swirl Diagonal Dress, Circular Skirt or Cape, Wrap-Around Skirt and the Semi-Circular Skirt.

The author includes information about sizing and dimensions, discusses how to construct 5 different neckline variations as well as providing weaving instructions for 6 different twill patterns. This book is illustrated in black in white with photos of the woven fabrics, cutting diagrams for each of the garments and sketches of each design being modeled.

The author has also written A Cut Above: Couture Clothing for Fibre Artists and Finishing Touches for the Handweaver.

Designing with Blocks for Handweavers

by Doramay Keasbey
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (122 pages)
1993, Altavista Publications

Here is an important addition for every weaver's toolbox. If you've always wanted to know how to design your own block patterns or if you have felt constrained by the number of available blocks, this book is for you. Under one cover for the first time, find the steps for generating original block patterns. Learn the steps for reducing a freely drawn design into a limited number of graph paper squares as well as the steps for adding detail to a simple motif.

This volume suggests easy and pleasant ways to design with blocks by filling in spaces in special grids, developing designs from a profile, sketching on graph paper, manipulating motifs in numerous ways, and then explains how to transform a design into woven form by applying essential drafting keys included in a library of dozens of block weaves. Following the text are tables of threading keys and block statistics, a glossary, answer section and blank design worksheets.

Chapter titles include: "Basic Block Designs", "More Blocks", "Profile Drafts", "Straight and Pointed Profiles", "Corners", "Designing Practice and Analysis", "Block Substitution", "Keys for Selected Block Weaves", "Loom Limitations and Solutions" and "Block Variations".

Designing Woven Fabrics

by Janet Phillips
9" x 10" Softcover (170 pages)
2008, Natural Time Out Publications

Designing Woven Fabrics describes and illustrates the author's method of designing functional woven fabrics based on the 2/2 Twill weave structure. It addresses the questions that students most commonly ask of her. These include: "How do you design fabrics?", "Where do you get your ideas from?", "How do you choose colour combinations?" and "What can I do with the yarn in my store cupboard?"

The book, generously illustrated with over 200 colour photographs and over 100 weave diagrams is divided into three distinct parts. Part 1 covers the construction and weaving of a Multiple-sectioned Sample Blanket developing the 2/2 Twill weave structure. Part 2 describes the principal design criteria available, such as colour, yarn and sett, to enable a weave structure to be developed into an attractive cloth. Part 3 details 50 original designs using weaves from the Multiple-sectioned Sample Blanket and applying the design criteria to them.

Designing Woven Fabrics is aimed at weavers who are already comfortable about making warps, dressing looms and weaving in general, but who now want to design and weave original fabrics.

Dictionary of Weaves - Adaptations and Applications

by Eleanor Best
8 1/2" x 11" Spiral Bound Softcover (111 pages)
1996, Eleanor Best

This out of print book is also available as part of the Books and WIFs CD.

This comprehensive guide was originally published in the early 1900's by E. A. Posset as an aid for those working in the textile industry. This revised edition includes additions by Eleanor Best bringing the total number of draw-downs to well over 1700, for both 4 and 8 shaft looms. There are many examples of how changing the treadling on one threading can completely change the final result of the weave structure.

District Tartans

by Gordon Teall
8" x 5 1/4" Hardcover (262 pages)
1992, Shepheard Walwyn
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

District tartans have a longer pedigree than clan tartans but, although probably better supported from documented sources than clan tartans, they have received less attention over the past two centuries. This work outlines the history of district tartans, with details of 56 from Scotland - linked by name with an area, region, city or town - and over 50 from other countries, illustrated in colour with notes on origin and design. The book answers many questions about tartan etiquette, describes the function of the Lyon Court and the role of the Scottish Tartans Society.

Donat's Weaving Patterns for Color - Two to Twenty-Four Shafts

adapted by Eleanor Best
9 1/4" x 11 1/2" Spiralbound Softcover (180 pages)
2000, Bestudio

This out of print book is still available as part of the Books and WIFs CD.

Donat's Die farbige Gewebemusterung is a book written totally in German with colour plates done in black, white, yellow, green, blue and grey, published in 1907 by A. Hartlebens Verlag. Franz Donat taught weaving in the textile industrial school in Wien. The name Weaving Patterns for Color has been chosen as this is a book that shows how to use colour rather than showing the actual colour itself.

The drawdowns have been reproduced as faithfully as possible as many errors were found and different systems of drawing down the patterns were encountered. Probably a great part of the work was done by students or workers who had developed individual methods of calculating drawdown. The drawdowns in this book have been done in grey tones as the cost of producing a book of colour plates is prohibitive. The thread outline feature has been used to distinguish the crossing of the warp and weft threads when using two shades of the same colour.

Donat groups his drawdowns into weave structures. Although most of the drawdowns are fancy patterns, the type is indicated in the bottom right of the page. Only those drawdowns up to and including twenty-four shafts have been indicated in the book. The original book contained some drawdowns up to 120 shafts.

This is a wonderful book of patterns grouped as: Stripes, Checks, Vertical Stripes, Combination Stripes, Patterned Stripes, Slanting Stripes and Fancy Patterns. It is a great source for new ideas and a good way to get a feel for mixing colours in your work.

Double Two-Tie Unit Weaves

by Clotilde Barrett and Eunice Smith
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (86 pages)
1983, Weaver's Journal Publications

This is a fascinating study of multiple harness weaves. If you understand how Summer & Winter works (a two-tie weave), you should enjoy learning about an extension of the Double Two-Tie Unit Weaves. Using fewer harnesses than you would expect, you get a larger range of structures and effects. All sorts of interesting and elaborate twills can be formed. Study groups should find this a useful guide. Remember, though, that you must have at least 6 harnesses!


instructed by Clotilde Barrett
DVD Video (90 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions

Doubleweave is taught by weaving a sampler which incorporates just about all the four harness techniques which are based on the doubleweave principle. The sampler is organized in a logical sequence so that it will remain an excellent reference for later studies. Parts of the sampler could be used as a wallhanging or made into functional projects. The techniques include: weaving two separate layers, folded cloth, tubes, slits, colour and weave effects, pique, stitching, quilting and finally double-weave pick-up patterning. Tips and techniques will be provided for working with cotton and wool.

As a prerequisite to this course, the weaver should know how to set up a four harness loom and weave plain weave. For materials, the student will need a four harness loom (table or floor model), and weaving yarn in two contrasting colours. For example, you may select one of the following types of yarn, in two colours, 5/2 Pearl cotton, 22/2 cottolin, 12/3 worsted wool, or a 7/2 wool. You will need about 8 oz of each colour. A detailed list of materials and supplies is included on the written insert along with patterns for the projects.

Doubleweave - The Weaver's Studio

by Jennifer Moore
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (151 pages)
2010, Interweave Press

Defy Your Loom's Limits

The conventional use for a shaft loom is to weave one layer of flat fabric, no wider than the loom. Doubleweave blows that convention out of the water. Master weaver Jennifer Moore takes a fresh and logical look at this most intriguing of weave structures while exploring its myriad possibilities. Inside you'll learn how to weave a fabric twice, thrice, or four times the width of your loom with no seam, weave a fabric with intersecting layers, change the tie-up to get many structures on one warp, weave stitched, quilted, and pique fabrics, make color magic with doubleweave blocks, pick up an infinity of patterns in a variety of structures, weave pockets, a seamless tube, many seamless tubes, a tube within a tube and so much more!

The list of projects in this book include: "Four-shaft Sampler", "Mix-and-Match Hot Pads and Placemats", "Double-Block Table Runner and Log Cabin Tubular Pillows", "Sun, Moon and Stars Runner", "Reversible Lined Drawstring Pouch", "Doublewidth Blanket in 2/2 Herringbone Twill", "Checkerboard Mug Rugs", "Autumn Windows Runner", "Double-Block Placemats" and "Square Dance Mat".

With Doubleweave, you'll learn to set up your loom efficiently, to manage your shuttles and layer changes, and to finish your work effectively. Best of all, you'll learn to think in a new way about how doubleweave works on as many shafts as you have so you can apply it in fresh and creative ways. You will be a master of the magic of doubleweave.

Doubleweave on Four to Eight Shafts

by Ursina Arn-Grischott
9 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (192 pages)
1999, Interweave Press

Double and multilayered cloths are textiles made with two or more layers woven simultaneously, one on top of another. The technique has captured the imagination of weavers since ancient times and continues to offer fascinating contemporary design possibilities. While thought by many to be difficult to construct, Ursina Arn-Grischott successfully presents the subject in a easy-to-understand fashion, opening the field to every handweaver.

This book systematically introduces the principles of doubleweave and explains step by step the different aspects of construction. After explaining the technique and it's history, the author presents chapters on: "Yarns, Setts and Ratios", "Threading, Sleying and Beaming", "How Doubleweave Works", "On Designing", "Tubular Weave and Double Width Cloth", "Warp and Weft Interchanges", "Multilayered Cloth" and "Stitched Double Cloth". A Bibliography and Index then complete the work. The many hand-drawn diagrams underline the very clear descriptions, and beautiful colour photographs of double cloth show myriad design possibilities.

Double Weave - Plain & Patterned

by Harriet Tidball
8" x 10 1/2" Softcover (34 pages)
1960, The Shuttle Craft Guild
$12.95 Canadian ($10.95 US)

Double Weave has many ramifications and many of them are covered here: double width cloth, weaving in pockets, quilted double fabrics, pleats and tucks, the often mysterious double-weave pick-up techniques (the Finnweave, Mexican, and Norwegian methods) are all discussed. Much good information can be extracted from this monograph. This is the Shuttle Craft Guild Monograph 1.

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Double-Woven Treasures from Old Peru

by Adele Cahlander and Suzanne Baizerman
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (198 pages)
1985, Dos Tejedoras

This book really 2 books in one! The first part is a comprehensive look at the varieties of pre-Columbian double cloth in the world's private and museum collections. The second part provides clear, well-diagrammed instructions for reproducing these weaves on a wide variety of looms.

After an Introduction to Pre-Columbian Double Cloth where the history and culture of the area is discussed, the authors provides a analysis of Plain-Weave Double Cloth, Warp-Float Weaves, Double-Woven Contemporary-Warp Weaves and other related designs. These are illustrated with an extensive collection of colour and black & white photographs of textile fragments and garments from the period.

Moving on to the second part of the book, the authors first provides a Background on Andean Looms with insight on what is required to weave the patterns. Making extensive use of diagrams to show threading details, patterns and special threading sequences as well as photographs showing the fabric being woven and the finished design, instructions for weaving the weaves discussed in the first section are provided. The reader will learn how to weave Patterned plain-weave double cloth, Warp-faced double cloth, Triple Cloth, Double-woven complementary-warp weaves, weaves with more diverse layers and more!

An extensive Appendix with notes on Loom Types, Shedding Devices, Reproduction Aids and Knots as well as a list of suppliers, Pattern Diagrams, a Glossary of Terms, a Bibliography and a Detailed Index complete this work. This book features 22 colour plates, 155 black & white photographs, 203 line drawings plus numerous drafts and charts.

Doup Leno - A Quick and Simple System for Weaving Loom-Controlled Leno

by Hella Skowronski & Sylvia Tacker
8" x 10 1/2" Softcover (47 pages)
1980, HTH Publishers

The easy and simple method of Doup Leno shown in this monograph allows a continuity and speed of construction not possible in hand-picked leno. You can use it in weaving functional fabrics for clothing (loom-shaped or tailored), window fashions, sun-screens, table linens, or room dividers even on a table loom. The design possibilities for nonfunctional uses of the technique are limited only be the creative imagination of the weaver.

In this monograph the author first explains the technique with extensive use of diagrams and pictures and then presents 9 drafts using these techniques (9 for 4-harness, 2 for 6-harness and 2 for 8-harness) including tie-ups and a photograph of the finished fabric. This is the Shuttle Craft Guild Monograph Thirty-Two.

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Dress Your Loom the Swedish Way - An In-Depth Study of Time Honored Techniques

instructed by Becky Ashenden
Video (120 minutes colour)
1998, Becky's Vav Stuga

This video is packed with information using the Swedish method of threading Scandinavian-style looms that the instructer learned at the Saterglantan Hemslojdens Gard craft school in Sweden. The video gives you the confidence to dismantle parts of the loom to make threading easier. This back-to-front systematic process leaves little room for error. She covers each step in the process thouroughly and the viewer will also learn about tie-ups for different loom types. Besides learning about her method of threading, you will also become better acquainted with the counter-balance and counter-marche looms and how to make simple adjustments for efficient weaving.

The video is broken down into 14 sections which include: Winding the Warp, Prereeding, Preparing the Loom, Preparing the Warp for Beaming, Beaming the Warp, Threading the Heddles, Sleying the Reed, Tying the Warp to the Front of the Loom, 4-Harness Counterbalance Tie-up, Multi-Harness Counterbalance Tie-up, Pulleys, Tieing the Treadles with Knots, Countermarch Tie-up and Introduction to Weaving. The start time of each section relative to the beginning of the tape is recorded on the tape case making it easy to jump from one section to another.

Drop Spindle Spinning

instructed by Melda Montgomery
DVD Video (39 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions
$25.95 Canadian ($21.95 US)

A quick & easy way to learn how to spin your own yarn. Just think how great your next knitted, crocheted or woven project will look, enhanced with some of your own "handspun yarn". If you would like to try your hand at spinning before investing in a wheel, try drop spindle spinning.

In this video, Melda shows you how to spin on the spindle, wind the yarn onto your hand for plying, and how to ply on the spindle. There are no prerequisites and for materials the student will need a drop spindle, 4 ounces of dyed wool fiber and 1 ounce of dyed wool locks ready to spin. The instructor will even give you some ideas on how to ply your handspun wool with other commercial yarns to make beautiful & unusual novelty yarns. A great craft for children too!

Dyeing in Plastic Bags

by Helen Deighan
8 1/4" x 11 3/4" Spiralbound Softcover (80 pages)
2001, Crossways Patch

Dyeing can be so complicated and messy, so it's a pleasure discovering an innovative book that makes it easier. Grab rubber gloves, plastic bags and plastic pans (cat boxes!) and dive into dyeing! The author happened upon her plastic bag technique while preparing a dye workshop for 10. Knowing that cloth first in the dye bath is brightest, 10 dye individual pots seemed necessary. Not owning 10 pots, but recalling bagged salad. Voila! The technique was born! Chapters include graduated and tie-dye techniques, working with children, record keeping, and frequently asked questions.

The book has everything the reader needs, from precise, no-nonsense instructions for various dyeing methods, to inspiration and ideas for creative application of your new-found skills. What's more, it's presented in a most lively and entertaining way, illustrated throughout with Toni Goffe's delightful cartoons as well as with excellent colour illustrations scattered among the step-by-step directions.

The book begins with some general information about colour, then gets down to the nitty-gritty of what dyes to use, how to mix and fix them and how to apply them to fabric to obtain different effects. There's a chapter on washing, drying and ironing and checking for fastness and a special chapter on dyeing with children which is an invaluable resource for teachers of arts and crafts. It ends with FAQs, a List of Suppliers and a very helpful Book list.

The spiral binding and good quality glossy paper make the book completely user-friendly in practical situations, so you can keep it open for easy reference at all stages of the proceedings. If you've ever toyed with the idea of colouring your own fabric, get this book and give it a go. Remember, what you'll end up with is a unique fabric that you just can't buy in stores.

The Dyer's Companion

by Dagmar Klos
5" x 7" Spiralbound Softcover (120 pages)
2004, Interweave Press

The Dyer's Companion is an essential reference tool for anyone who wants to dye natural or synthetic fibers, fabric or yarns. This handy, easily accessible guide offers a wealth of indispensable information on equipment and supplies, types of dyes, preparation, safety, measurements, dyeing procedures, basic surface design techniques (including painting, marbling, and silk screening), proper dye disposal methods, and recordkeeping.

In this wonderful handbook, dye master Dagmar Klos draws on her wealth of experience to provide step-by-step recipes for dye methods she has refined, ones that produce consistent and successful results. Beginners will gain the confidence to add color to fiber, while seasoned textile artisans are sure to discover a host of friendly tips and hints. An eight-page color section showing 100 skeins of yarn in a range of color gradations, along with the fundamentals of color theory, provide you with encouragement to explore your own dyeing variations. Whether you are passionate about dyeing or just want to create colors for sewing, quilting, spinning, weaving, knitting, crocheting, embroidering, or felting, this comprehensive resource puts everything you need at your fingertips and is certain to become an invaluable partner at your dyepot.

The Dyer's Companion is the seventh book in the best selling Companion Series from Interweave Press that includes The Crocheter's Companion, The Knitter's Companion, The Spinners Companion and The Weaver's Companion.

A Dyer's Garden - From Plant to Pot Growing Dyes for Natural Fibers

by Rita Buchanan
6" x 7 1/4" Softcover (112 pages)
1995, Interweave Press
$16.95 Canadian ($13.95 US)

Now you can keep the beautiful colors of your summer garden with you all year long in the form of vibrant dyes for natural fibres. A Dyer's Garden walks you through a garden season from design to planting to harvesting for the dyepot. The hundreds of colours presented are but a sampling of the striking hues you can achieve by following the author's foolproof methods and encouragement for experimentation.

The author takes the reader through the process with chapters on "Choosing Which Plants to Grow", "Getting and Growing Dye Plants", "Planning a Dye Garden", "The Basics of Dyeing with Plants", "Colors and Colors" and "A Portfolio of Dye Garden Plants" which contains over 200 colour swatches of dye results using 30 different plants, multiple processes, dye formulas and fiber types. This book is well illustrated with colour photographs and includes a Source List for Materials, a Bibliography and Index.


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