Detailed Weaving Book/Video Descriptions

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Natural Dyeing

by Jackie Crook
9" x 9 1/2" Softcover (112 pages)
2007, Lark Books
$18.95 Canadian ($15.95 US)

Dyeing is a traditional craft that anyone can get involved in, at any age. It is a perfect hobby to take up to experiment with color and explore the different effects natural plant dyes have on a range of cotton, wool and silk fibers, yarns and fabrics.

For thousands of years, natural dyes have been celebrated for their subtlety and diversity - and, thanks to contemporary concerns about chemicals and toxins, their popularity is surging again. Fortunately, as this vibrant guide so elegantly shows, the craft is both easy and enjoyable to explore and requires no special equipment: just ordinary pots and pans.

This thoroughly illustrated tutorial covers all the basics of hot and cool dyeing, and 30 colorful options to try, including roots and plants (madder, tumeric, henna), wood (cutch, fustic), flowers (safflower, dandelion, daffodil), leaves and stalks (tea, rhubarb, indigo), and fruits and vegetables (blackberry, wild cherry, avocado). From pale pinks and vibrant oranges to earthy browns and rich blues, a vast spectrum of hues awaits.

This informative book demonstrates how easy and exciting it is to make your own dye baths and to dye your own materials. It leads you through the process of preparing your fibers and fabrics and explains it in simple step-by-step sequences the three natural dyeing techniques - cool water, hot water and vat.

The 30 projects show you how to unlock the myriad of hues to be extracted from different flowers, trees, fruits and vegetables. Including dye recipes, color swatches, details on each plant and stunning close-up photography of dyed fabrics and fibers, you will be inspired to bring the colors of nature into your everyday life.

Natural Dyes

by Gwen Fereday
8 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (104 pages)
2003, Unicorn Books & Crafts
$42.95 Canadian ($35.95 US)

This illustrated handbook shows you how to create over 500 vibrant colours. It is invaluable whether you are a beginner and dyeing for the first time, or more experienced and wishing to perfect your technique.

Part One helps to broaden your awareness of the range of colours that are obtainable from natural dyes. Step-by-step photography and straightforward explanations lead you through the various stages of each process. The author focuses on the five classic dyestuffs of madder, cochineal, weld, cutch and indigo; and the five classic mordants (colour fixatives) of alum, tin, iron, chrome and copper. She also shows how to produce dyes from wild or garden plants. Full of useful tips and practical advice, from which fibre to choose, to testing for basic colour fastness, Part One makes experimenting with dyes enjoyable and effective.

Part Two is devoted to twenty-eight stunning colour charts made up of 506 colour swatches, each with an accompanying recipe. From crimson red to the palest of greys, the classic dyes and mordants corribine,to create an extraordinary range of colours. All the recipes have been tested by the author, and her results have been faithfully reproduced so you can choose the best colour for your purpose. With a final section including further reading suggestions and a list of suppliers, Natural Dyes is a fully comprehensive and highly practical guide to the art of dyeing.

Navajo Rug Designs

by Susan Lowell
6 1/4" x 6 1/4" Hardcover (64 pages)
2005, Rio Nuevo Publishers

Speaking the language of color, pattern, and texture, these rug designs tell stories.

More than a century ago, culture and commerce intersected at Juan Lorenzo Hubbell's trading post in Ganado, Arizona. Hubbell's many visitors included several artists who painted "portraits" of the Navajo weavings that came into the trading post. When Hubbell showed these paintings to weavers, he inspired a remarkable artistic collaboration that crossed cultures and genres.

Collected and published here for the first time, the powerful images in this book recount a tale as intricate as the complex designs themselves and illuminate the history of Native American textile art.

Navajo Weaving - Sharing the Technique & Tradition

instructed by Angie Walker Maloney
DVD Video (231 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions

This comprehensive video workshop begins with an introduction to your instructors and personal remarks by Navajo weaver, Ann Walker Maloney. You'll learn about looms, tools, yarn and equipment. They you will learn how to spin and ply edging cord (just in case you want to make your own), prepare the warp, apply the edging cord, secure the warp to the loom and make the heddles. As the weaving instruction begins, you will learn how to use the loom, create the sheds, and use the tools. The section on Planning a Rug Design will acquaint you with things you should think about before planning your own rug. This section includes specific information on weaving a design that reverses at the centre of the rug. As you begin weaving, you will learn the secret of layering in the first row, and how to weave from the top down. You will learn how to weave stripes, vertical lines (by interlocking wefts on the same row), squares or blocks, diagonals and diamonds. Once you learn these techniques you'll be ready to plan and weave a rug design of your choice. You will learn many tips and solutions to potential problems throughout the video. And, Angie's method of finishing a rug the Navajo way is magic! All this plus stories, traditions and rugs that will inspire.

The only prerequisites are a desire and willingness to learn. No previous weaving experience is necessary. A detailed list of materials needed is included with the video on a written insert.

Navajo Weaving Way - The Path From Fleece to Rug

by Noel Bennett with Tiana Bighorse
8" x 10" Softcover (160 pages)
1997, Interweave Press, Inc.

Noel Bennett met traditional Navajo weaver Tiana Bighorse in 1968. In time Tiana took her into her family as a daughter. Together they sheared sheep, collected plants, dyed wool, carded, spun and wove. This book records their many experiences together, a collaboration that spans nearly thirty years. In 1971, Tiana and Noel wrote Working with Wool: How to Weave a Navajo Rug. Noel later wrote Designing with the Wool and The Weaver's Pathway.

Now, this single, authoritative volume brings together those three books - with updates and revisions - as well as excerpts from other published articles and books by Noel and Tiana about Navajo weaving, culture and history. It includes all-new chapters on spinning, carding and dyeing techniques. Detailed charts and illustrations help the weaver find her/his way step-by-step through the making of a first sampler and through several more advanced techniques. Illustrations include brilliant photographs by John Running of native women carding, spinning, and weaving, along with line drawings depicting specific techniques.

Nepalese Textiles

by Susi Dunsmore
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (204 pages)
1993, British Museum Press

Susi Dunsmore has travelled into the farthest reaches of Nepal in search of its rich and varied textiles. In the lowland valleys and the Himalayan middle mountains she has recorded traditional techniques, photographed weavers at work, and collected outstanding examples of their craft.

Until the 1950s the kingdom of Nepal had little contact with the outside world. As a result, techniques continued in use for over a thousand years and the cloth retained a distinctly Nepalese character. The author has examined manuscripts and stone carvings for the earliest evidence of textiles, and shows, for example, that nettle cloth still made today is praised for its beauty and fineness in the ancient epic of Ramayana.

The author illustrates looms and spindles of all types, describes the subtle natural dyes, and surveys the raw materials used. While some of the techniques she has recorded may vanish with fresh influences upon Nepal, new traditions are already developing and she shows the impact which a wider range of colours and yarns, including silk and fibres of the Himalayan Giant Nettle, has made among some weavers as recently as 1993.

This book is richly illustraed with 100 colour and 80 black-and-white photographs and drawings.

Apart from her fieldwork in Nepal, Susi Dunsmore has worked as a Lecturer of Art at the Teachers' Training College, Kuching, Sarawak for eight years, and has assisted with craft-related educational projects in Belize and The Gambia. She is the author of a number of publications including Weaving in Nepal, (1983, second edition 1990) and The Nettle in Nepal (1985).

Network Drafting: An Introduction

by Alice Schlein
8 1/2" x 11" Spiral Bound Softcover (126 pages)
1994, Bridgewater Press

Network Drafting: An Introduction offers the designer/weaver an entree into an exciting new world - the weaving of curved designs in many structures on the multishaft loom without jacquard devices, draw harnesses or other loom modifications. Weavers with looms of eight or more shafts, with or without dobbies will love this book. Think curves!

Weavers with 8 shafts or more will be delighted to find the complete theory of network drafting clearly explained under one cover. In 1989 the author introduced network drafting to handweavers in a series of articles appearing in Weaver's magazine. Since that debut, weavers have gratefully explored the large, curvy images that networking makes possible. If you missed these articles or would like to understand the theory in greater depth, learn in this book how to design a pattern line, construct simple networks, apply networking to all unit weaves, cut-and-paste tie-up and treadling orders and make networking a favorite design tool. This book includes 26 templates to copy, cut and paste for the reader's own drafts and is extensively illustrated using black and white diagrams.

Norwegian Tapestry Weaving

by Maria Brekke Koppen
7 3/4" x 10 1/4" Hardcover (132 pages)
1988, Eikeskog Press
$59.95 Canadian ($49.95 US)

Christine Spangler has translated a classic text on Norwegian tapestry techniques (Innforing i Billedvev) to English. The book was written by Maria Brekke Koppen, Professor at the State College for Art Teachers in Oslo and the translation is largely from the second edition of her book (1978), but it also contains some additions on mounting and finishing from the third and last edition (1988).

Norwegian tapestry technique relies upon dovetail joins along a vertical line. Unlike continental tapestry there are no slits that need to be closed by sewing. The book includes historical background, step-by-step instruction for the construction of tapestry, joining techniques, the three methods of joining tapestry along a vertical line, looms and equipment, designing the cartoon, the placement order for wefts, corrections, finishing and mounting and materials.

This is a wonderful book - full of very clear diagrams and pictures. It is profusely illustrated in black and white (220 drawings), but it also has four pages of color pictures. For those who know Scandinavian tapestry, this is really the "Bible" for Norwegian techniques.

On-Loom Cardweaving - A Modern Extension of an Ancient Craft

by Herbi Gray
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (60 pages)
1982, Herbi Gray

On-loom cardweaving has a great deal to offer the adventuresome weaver. Double weave pickup and shadow weave pickup can be woven faster on cards than by conventional methods. Once a card is repositioned for the pattern, its warp threads stay in that position for the length of the pattern area; the obvious color difference in the upper layer of warp frees the weaver from counting threads before each weft. Card-controlled leno can also be woven quickly because, by just rotating the cards, all of the warp threads are crossed at once.

In this clearly written guide, as well as teaching the technique, the author demonstrates the potential of this form of weaving. This manual includes a chapter which takes the weaver through the process of setting up a warp and weaving a sampler using several techniques. Doing the sampler will assist the weaver in using the following chapters on multicolored warps, inlay, threading two holes per card, warp twining, and threading two cards as one.

Some types of on-loom cardweaving, such as inlay and double-faced honeycomb, can not be woven as quickly as their conventional counterparts, but, they can be woven on much less expensive equipment. Other on-loom cardweaving, such as warp twining and incorporating conventional cardweaving into a piece, would be very difficult, if not impossible, to do by usual weaving methods.

It was necessary for the author to develop a set of new instructions to describe the unusual manipulation of the cards. These are explained in a section called "Definitions and Rules", as well as throughout the text. Another section, "Hints", offers solutions to some of the problems that surfaced during the development of the technique. A final photograph shows some of the samplers used in this manual in their full lengths, both front and reverse.

This book is extensively illustrated with the author's photographs and line drawings of fabric and weaving techniques and the reader is sure to find that On-Loom cardweaving can become a satisfying and interesting expansion of the weaver's repertoire.

On Weaving

by Anni Albers
8 1/4" x 11" Softcover (204 pages)
2003, Dover Publications

Written by the foremost textile artist of the twentieth century, this handsomely illustrated volume provides an illuminating survey of textile fundamentals and methods from prehistoric to modern times. Unlike a guide or how-to book, it approaches weaving from a visual and structural perspective, with remarks by the author on the principles underlying the craft's techniques and appearances. Its extensive coverage includes hand weaving, the loom, fundamental construction, draft notation, modified and composite weaves, early techniques of thread interlacing, interrelation of fiber and construction, tectile sensibility, tapestry and design.

The author, a student and teacher at the Bauhaus School and a pioneer of modernist design, was the first weaver to receive a solo exhibition at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The wife of artist Josef Albers and a teacher at Black Mountain College, Anni Albers was among the primary forces in achieving recognition for weaving as an art form. Her sensitive and knowledgeable commentary - enhanced by 121 illustrations depicting tapestries, lace, blankets, and cloth from around the world - offers valuable insights to crafters, textile historians, collectors and all readers with an interest in textiles.

1000+ Patterns in 4, 6 and 8 Harness Shadow Weaves

by Marian Powell
6 1/2" x 8 1/2" Softcover (270 pages)
2001, Robin & Russ Handweavers

The work on shadow weaves in this book is monumental! There is a tremendous amount of research into this weave, and it shows in this book. There are about 1250 patterns given and of these approximately 650 of them are 4 harness, about 300 are for 6 harness and about 300 are for 8 harness looms. There is a black & white photograph of each pattern to allow the weaver to choose the design they want and then use the information provided to weave it.

Overshot is Hot! - The Best of Weaver's

from Weaver's Magazine
8 3/4" x 11" Softcover (109 pages)
2008, XRX Books

This is the sixth book from the popular Best of Weaver's compilation series. It features 40 of the best-overshot projects with innovative designers who explore and apply variations and extensions of overshot drafting techniques.

Articles in this book include: "Drafting 4-Shaft Overshot", "Star into Rose, One Step at a Time", "Snips and Snaiils and Dobby Dog Tails", "Scented Sachets", "A Miniature World: Doll House Coverlets", "An Overshot Sampler and a Coverlet", "Friendship Treadlings for a Wall Hanging", "Two Jackets of Many Colors", "Color-Play Robe", "Large-Scale Patterns, Small-Scale Interpretations", "Everyday Placemats", "Razzle Dazzle Placemats: Overshot on Plaid", "Linen and Cotton Tea Cloth", "Inlaid Overshot Motifs for a Runner", "Color and Overshot", "4-Block, 8-Shaft Overshot for Placemats", "Tablecloth with Supplementary Warp", "One Shuttle, Two Patterns, for a Table Runner", "Weft-Faced Overshot: Linen Hand Towels", "Weft-Faced Overshot: A Runner", "Overshot and Corduroy on One Warp", "Stitched Double Cloth/Overshot Coverlet", "Mini Coverlet in Turned Overshot", "Holiday Cards in Turned Overshot", "Patience, Persistence, Precision for a Silk Scarf", "One Shuttle and Two Weaves for a Table Runner", "Rediscover Monk's Belt for a Bread Cloth", "A New Look at Name Drafting for a Tablecloth", "Macroblocks in Overshot for a Table Runner", "Overshot Checks", "Easy Overshot Checks", "Two for One", "Blended Drafts for Versatile Design", "Blended Drafts for Lace and Overshot Blouses", "A Weaver's Puzzle: A New Look at Blended Drafts", "Carrot Patch Bunnies" and "A Gingham Dog and Calico Cat".

This weaver's reference combines step-by-step instructions with weaving theory. Such projects as heirloom linens, traditional coverlets, and colorful modern applications for scarves, table-toppers and wall-hangings are presented, covering everything a crafter needs to know to design fabulous fabrics in overshot and its cousins star and diamond weave. Both beginners and advanced weavers working on at least four-shaft looms will delight in the projects provided.

The other books in the Best of Weaver's series include: Fabrics That Go Bump, Huck Lace, The Magic of Doubleweave, Summer & Winter Plus, Thick'n Thin and Twill Thrills.

Park Weaves - Based on Dr. William Bateman's Manuscript

edited by Virginia I. Harvey
8" x 10 1/2" Softcover (96 pages)
1984, HTH Publishers
$19.95 Canadian ($16.95 US)

This is Shuttle Craft Guild Monograph Thirty-Seven

The Park Weaves belong to the unit class of threadings such as Summer and Winter and Bronson. With these, a set of prescribed threading blocks is devised and used in making the drafts, each block in order following a set profile. These blocks may be simple or elaborate. In the latter case, each block usually consists of two parts: a tie unit and a pattern group.

Dr. G. Bateman spent his retirement years weaving sample, first on an inkle loom, then on an eight-harness Missouri table loom. He progressed through Inkle Weaves, Overshot, Twill, Crackle, Summer and Winter and other established techniques to variations on these weaves, and finally to the discovery of new weave systems. The culmination of his work was a manuscript that documents his weaves.

This is the 3rd volume in a series that reproduces the contents of Dr. Bateman's manuscript documenting his work in weaving samples. These have been reproduced in 6 monographs by the Shuttle-Craft Guild with this volume being Monograph Thirty-Eight. The other 5 volumes of Dr. Bateman's work are titled: Bateman Blend Weaves, Boulevard, Chevron and Combination Weaves, Extended Divided Twill Weaves, Extended Manifold Twill Weaves and Multiple Tabby Weaves.

In these monographs, Dr. Bateman's text has been printed with no omissions, changes or alterations. His text, which is printed on a gray background, precedes the related text prepared by the editor. The only part of his manuscript that has been rewritten is the wefting directions. The information is the same, but the method of presentation has been changed to a more conventional form of tie-up and treadling. Missing samples were rewoven following Dr. Bateman's directions and using the choice of materials he suggested. The document is illustrated with treadling and tie-up diagrams as well as black and white pictures of the samples.

Click Here for a complete list of the monographs in the Shuttle-Craft Guild series.

Pattern Techniques for Handweavers

by Doramay Keasbey
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (314 pages)
2005, Doramay Keasbey

Originally intended as an updated version of the author's 1981 Pattern Devices for Handweavers, this book grew to become a complete guide to the pleasures of pattern weaving for handweavers at all levels of expertise. Twelve chapters begin with a survey of loom development and continue to describe designing and drafting. The final chapters cover loom-controlled pattern techniques from the simplest weaves to more complex hand-controlled methods.

Each technical section begins with thorough coverage of basic principles to provide a solid foundation. Beyond the basics, applications of uncommon facets of weaving are offered to inspire creative weavers to explore exciting concepts.

A major part of the book is devoted to loom-controlled techniques using ordinary handlooms. These are organized beginning with the simplest weaves followed by a variety of more complex constructions. A sound knowledge of these loom-controlled techniques is helpful to understand the hand-controlled methods that are covered in the final chapters. These cover pick-up methods and drawloom techniques for many different pattern weaves.

The book also has a chapter on "Drafting for Special Devices" which covers Dobby, Computer-Dobby, Shaft-Switching as well as Double, Triple and Split Harness weaving. Technical terms are printed in italics and explained in the text when first mentioned. There is also a glossary of specialized weaving terms in the back of the book, an annotated bibliography to encourage further reading, and a comprehensive index.

The author has also written the books Pattern Devices for Handweavers and Sheer Delight: Handwoven Transparencies.

Patterns for Weaving: From Eight to Sixteen Harnesses - Volume One

by Eleanor Best
8 1/2" x 11" Spiral Bound Softcover (183 pages)
1996, Bestudio

This is the first of the two volumes of Patterns for Weaving and covers eight to sixteen harness patterns. The second volume covers from seventeen to twenty-four. 1535 pattern structures are detailed in either the tie-up or peg plan mode, but the peg plan mode has been used in a majority of the draw downs because it allows for extended use of harness combinations. This feature gives a greater scope for designing and is especially effective and easy to use with dobbies and looms using computer controls. Most of the patterns are arranged by size and number of harnesses required, except for some used to fill a space in the 24 harness section.

Patterns for Weaving - from Seventeen to Twenty-four Harnesses (Volume Two)

by Eleanor Best
9" x 11" Spiral Bound Softcover (130 pages)
1996, Eleanor Best

There are two volumes of Patterns for Weaving, Volume One which covers from eight to sixteen shafts and Volume Two from seventeen to twenty-four shafts. Structures are shown in either the tie-up or pegplan mode, but the pegplan mode has been used in the majority of the drawdowns because it allows for extended use of shaft combinations.

The 618 patterns in this book are broken down into 17 shafts (3 patterns), 18 shafts (45), 19 shafts (10), 20 shafts (171), 22 shafts (1) and 24 shafts (388).

Peru: Textiles Unlimited

by Harriet Tidball
10 1/2" x 8" Softcover (46 pages)
1969, The Shuttle Craft Guild
$13.95 Canadian ($11.95 US)

This is Shuttle Craft Monograph Twenty-Five and Twenty-Six which combines two of Harriett Tidball's extraordinary works into a single book. The first book titled "Background" covers the textiles of pre-Inca Peru and includes chapters on Ancient Peru, Ancient Textiles and Artifacts, Looms and Weaver's Tools, The Archaeological Literature, Textile Chronology, Textiles and Peru Today, Textile Collections, Mounting and Care of Textiles, Textile Characteristics, Peruvian Textile Designing, Reflections on Styles, Peruvian Models for Modern Weavers, Some Ornamenting Techniques as well as an extensive Bibliography.

The second book is titled "The Techniques, Drafts and Methods" and has chapters on techniques that include: Plain Weave Stripes and Colour Effects, Colour Effect in Block Pattern, Weft Face Plain Weave, Two-way Rep Cord, Patterned Stripes on Plain Weave, Supplementary Warp Accents and Patterns, Structural Weft, Warp-Stripe and Weft-Band Patterns, Opposites Warp-Stripe Patterns, Modern Weft-Pattern Bands, Crowded-Warp Patterning, Opposites Warp-Pattern Weave, Supplementary Warp and Weft Outlines, Deflected Supplementary Warps, Warp Pattern Weave, Supplementary Weft Patterning, Chancay Pick-up Weave, Cross-Barred Pick-up, Outlined Warp-Pattern Pick-up, Warp Pick-up with Contrasting Ground, Three-Colour Warp-Pattern Pick-up, Supplementary Weft Pick-up, Polychrome Weft Pick-up, Brocade, Twills, Double Weave, No-Selvage (Rolled Edge), Rolled Ends, Tubular Tapes, Tapestry, Fringes/Tabs, Tassels, Gauze and Filet. Most of these have pictures of the finished fabric and drafts of the design.

Click Here for a full list of the Shuttle-Craft Guild Monographs currently available.

The Pinwheel: An Exploration in Color-and-Weave Design

by Margaret B. Windeknecht
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (46 pages)
1992, T. G. Windeknecht

The pinwheel shape appears as a colour-and-weave effect in a range of patterns from plain weave to multiple shaft constructions. In this monograph, the drafts and patterns are for four, eight and sixteen shaft looms and use two and three tones: dark/light and dark/medium/light. The size of the pinwheel ranges from a small shape with a sequence of one dark/one light in warp and weft to larger shapes with sequences of up to eight dark/eight light. Extended colour sequences of as many as forty eight threads create more complex patterns. The pinwheel shape also is used as a basis to create many tie-ups. The focus is on understanding ways to create your own unique patterns. It is up to the reader to translate the two- or three-toned effects into specific colours in the form of contrasting hues, shades or tints.

The author breaks the content of this monograph down into chapters with titles: Definition and Draft Notation, The Pinwheel: Colour-and-Weave, Colour-and-Weave on Plain Weave, Colour-and-Weave on Basket Weave, Colour-and-Weave on Twill, Eight Shaft Colour-and-Weave, Sixteen Shaft Colour-and-Weave, Developing a Tie-up Using the Pinwheel Motif and includes a short Bibliography and an Appendix that providing suggestions for further study.

Pixie Felt - Using the Felting Needle

by Birgitte Krag Hansen
9 3/4" x 9" Hardcover (72 pages)
2004, Forlaget Klematis A/S

This is a book about pixie needle felting and a follow up to the previous book New Felt - Using the Felting Needle by Birgitte Krag Hansen.

To felt pixies is one of many subjects where the felting neddle is most suitable. The barbs of the needle make it easy to create simple and more detailed faces and bodies of the wool, and you only need very few materials to get started. With the felting needle you don't have to use water and soap at all.

The author has developed a whole series of new models as well as a simply way of building up a face that can be used for other figures as well.

The book is well illustrated with step by step pictures of the process as well as finished pixies. It is written both for beginners and for more experienced felters. Children from about nine or ten will be able to use the book on their own or with some adult help.

Plain Weave is Anything But Plain

by Leslie Voiers
8 1/2" x 11" Spiral Bound Softcover (34 pages)
2000, Water's Edge Weaving Studio

Plain Weave is a weave in which threads interlace in a consistently alternating manner of over and under warp-wise and weft-wise with each succeeding row interlacing in opposition to the proceeding row. It is the simplest and most common form of interlacement and probably used to a much greater extent than any other weave structure. Additionally it is perhaps the one weave structure that is most receptive to incorporating various and diverse forms of ornamentation.

This document exploring plain weave was created as a compilation of notes, illustrations and drafts that form the handouts for the author's workshop on Plain Weave. Crisp diagrams coupled with explanatory text help the reader understand these and the 19 clearly explained projects the author has put together allow them to experience it for themselves. There is also a set of instructions on creating a Colour and Weave Draft using a Log Cabin design.

Other monographs by Leslie Voiers include: Conversation & Notes on Log Cabin, Lace Weaves Portfolio and Winding Multi-Colored Warps with a Warping Paddle.

Planned & Unplanned: Creative Handwoven Clothing

by Pat White & Isa Vogel
8 1/2" x 10 1/4" Softcover (71 pages)
1992, Dos Tejedoras Fiber Arts Publications
$23.95 Canadian ($19.95 US)

Planned & Unplanned lets you follow the design process from opposite viewpoints as two weavers with very different working styles each design and produce four garment styles: a jacket, a sweater, a coat and an evening ensemble. They also jointly designed an elegant alpaca wrap.

Pat White's striking garments are the result of careful planning, while Isa Vogel's rely a great deal on serendipity. Their opposite approaches will inspire all types of weavers. In this book you will find instructions for 9 garments, pattern drafts and weave plans as well as information on sampling for clothing fabrics, sewing with handwovens, designing necklines, knitted trims for handwovens,. The book is illustrated throughout with line drawings and black and white photographs and a set of colour photographs on the back and front inside covers show the finished garments. In addition, the authors have provided a Glossary, Bibliography, Suppliers List and Index to complete this work.

Playing with Blocks - An Exploration of Multiharness Overshot

by Erica Voolich
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (55 pages)
1977, The Cross Town Shuttle

Welcome to the world of multiharness overshot. By adding four or more harnesses to an overshot weave, you open the door to numerous possibilities of block combinations. In traditional four-harness overshot, you can only weave one block on each side of the fabric at a time. This monograph discusses using eight or more harnesses to weave various combinations of blocks on both sides of the fabric at the same time.

The author starts by describing "Basic Overshot Characteristics" and "A Brief Thought about Four Harness Overshot" before explaining "The Repeat Twill Threading System", "The On-Opposites Threading System", "The Twill Sequence with Two Tie-Downs Threading System", "The Variation on the Twill Sequence with Two Tie-Downs Threading System" and "Application Possibilities for the Four Threading Systems". The final chapter covers "A Step by Step Method for Determining Tie-Ups" and is followed by a list of references.

This is an excellent monograph for weavers interested in multi-harness overshot. It contains many diagrams and black & white photographs of overshot patterns.

Pluckyfluff Handspun Revolution

by Lexi Boeger
8 3/4" x 5 3/4" Hardcover (64 pages)
2005, Pluckyfluff Publishing

Handspun Revolution is a simply written how-to book for very unusual handspun yarns. Addressing a growing movement of cutting edge spinners, this book discusses the role of creative thinking in the craft of handspinning.

This book is purposefully spartan. Volumes have already been written on the nuts and bolts of spinning. Handspun Revolution covers only the very essential topics of spinning, and these are discussed frankly, casually and often in the format of "tips" and notes. The book assumes a basic knowledge of spinning on the part of the reader.

The author focuses on the mechanics of making novelty yarns and includes lots and lots of glorious pictures of the final results. She also includes informative sections on what to look for when buying a spinning wheel, a list of different fibres and how they spin, and some brief notes on carding and setting.

As for the yarns themselves, the 24 examples she highlights have names like "Nubs", "Candy Stripe", "Loops", "Knots", "Scraps", "Spaced Sequins", "Sequin Clusters" "Sporadic Sequins", "Speckles", "Superslub", "Spider's Nest", "Fuzzing", "Mohairy", "Tornado", "Birdsnest", "Felted Yarn", "Shag", "Singles Coil", "Beehive", "Super-Coil", "Flowers", "Cotton Balls", "Uncarded" and "Treasure Box". Each is shown with a full colour photograph on one page and instructions and tips on the facing page.

The driving message of the book is the liberation of ones preconceived notions of what a yarn is. It tries to teach the reader to break the rules they've learned and push their own personal boundaries in spinning. A collection of original, never before published techniques are covered with easy instructions and beautiful color pictures.

The author has also written the book: Intertwined - The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning.

Point Twill with Color-and-Weave

intro by Margaret B. Windeknecht
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (76 pages)
1989, T. G. Windeknecht

A monograph focusing on point twill and it's possibilities (with and without colour-and-weave) on four to sixteen harnesses. The basics of Twill is first covered followed be an explanation of Point Twill and then a series of drafts starting with Four harness but then growing to 8, 12 and then 16 harness. Over 150 black and white drawings are included in this work to illustrate the text.

Quilts, Coverlets & Counterpanes - Bedcoverings from the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and Old Salem Collections

intro by Paula W. Locklair
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (71 pages)
1997, Old Salem, Inc.

This sampling of bedcoverings from the Old Salem and Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) collections offers a look at thirty-nine American quilts, coverlets, and counterpanes, most made and used in the South. The introduction by Paula W. Locklair, director of collections and curator for Old Salem and MESDA, explores early documentation for bedcoverings and the women who made them, using evidence from newspapers, wills and inventories, and family histories. The richness and variety of these bedcoverings offer new insight into the lives, talents, and imaginations of American women in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Rag Rug Handbook

by Janet Meany and Paula Pfaff
8 1/4" x 11" Softcover (127 pages)
2016, FuzionPress
$37.95 Canadian ($29.95 US)

This wonderful book is back with a new revised self published edition!

The standard reference for weavers of the American rag rug is dedicated by the authors to rag rug weavers and the next generation of weavers who it is hoped will pass the tradition down to their children. With a history of depression era rag rug weavers as a framework, the authors present many patterns, helpful hints, techniques, and asides from old-time rag rug weavers. Weave a rag rug, keep this bit of Americana alive. Especially interesting are the many pictures of early 20th century looms and advertisements from the 30's and '40s.

Rag Weaving Gimmicks and Tricks

by Johanna Erickson
8 1/2" x 11" Spiralbound Softcover (46 pages)
1999, Johanna Erickson

New Revised Illustrated Edition

The author has been weaving and teaching weaving for 3 decades and for the last 20 years has operated a business producing custom woven rugs for interior designers. This wonderful collection of practical hints, tools and techniques has been gathered from her own weaving experience as well as what she has learned while teaching all over the United States. While many specifically apply to rag weaving, a large amount of the ideas are applicable to all types of weaving and making this book an excellent source of information for all weavers regardless of their focus or level of experience.

The author uses the term "Gimmick" to classify "things you use" while "Tricks" are "things you do". Under these two major categories, ideas are classified into areas such as: "Designing and Planning", "Making a Warp", "Warping", "Modifying Your Loom", "Cutting Fabric Strips", "Preparing Wefts", "Weaving", "Installing a Rag Rug", "Maintaining Rag Rugs" and more. The author's simple straight-forward explanations of each problem and its solution accompanied by her wonderful hand drawings and cartoon characters make this book an enjoyable read, a valuable source of practical ideas and a "must-have" book on every weavers bookshelf!

Recipe Book - Patterns for Handweavers

by Mary Meigs Atwater
8 1/2" x 11" Spiral Bound Softcover (149 pages)
1993, Wheelwright Press, Ltd.

Here are 129 patterns with complete instructions and directions for their weaving. Mrs. Atwater, the founder of the Shuttle-Craft Guild of Hand-Weaving, considered this book one of her most useful contributions to the art of handweaving. This book combines a series of "recipe" books for creating everything from fabric to Bed covers to a man's necktie to handbags. Seven sections make up the work which are titled: Coverlets with 20 "recipes", Rugs with 15, Drapery and Upholstery with 26, Fabrics for Clothing with 16, Table Pieces, Towelling, etc. with 22, Bags and Blankets with 17 and Miscellaneous with 14. This is an excellent source of ideas for weaving projects.

Reflections From a Flaxen Past - For Love of Lithuanian Weaving

by Kati Reeder Meek
8 3/4" x 11 1/4" Hardcover (202 pages)
2000, Penannular Press International

Needlework - Natural Dyes - Old-World Faces

The author has combined 11 years of research and two trips to Lithuania with teaching and writing experience to produce the ultimate guide to this country's weaving heritage. The book is written and designed for artists, photographers, social and cultural historians, needleworkers, knitters, spinners, weavers and folk art aficionados, as well as for those of Lithuanian ancestry who want a glimpse of how an outsider views their textile heritage.

The author starts off by describing the Baltic area around Lithuania as well as the regional areas of the country and the traditional dress in each. The author's quest to understand the country and it's weaving heritage is told in a fascinating journey around the world complete with wonderful photographs, stories, dying instructions and traditional recipes! In the next section, the 85 black and white pre World War II photographs, showing the steps and tools used in traditional flax processing from harvest to spinning to weaving to the washing of fabric in the river is a wonderful glimpse into the past.

After a collection of wonderful Lithuanian textile images, the author profiles the lives and work of 24 Lithuanian textile artists. Next a section called "A Linen Workshop" provides a complete guide to growing and processing flax, spinning and weaving it and then finishing the linens in the Lithuanian style using traditional tools. A Bibliography, Lists of Periodicals, Museums, Suppliers and Organizations, a glossary of Lithuanian weaving terms and a detailed Index complete this guide.

This book is a treat for the eyes, lavishly illustrated with hundreds of beautiful colour photographs, black and white archival photographs, weaving charts, line art drawings and maps. A total of 15 projects are included with 9 from Lithuanians (Beginning Weaver's Project, Blue-on-Blue Vest Cloth, Dimai Drapery and Diamond Pattern Worsted, Christening Gown, Embroidered Doll Skirt, Vest Cloth with Overlay Motif, Cloth for a Christening Gown, 8-Shaft Towel and Linen Towel for the Kitchen) and 6 inspired by Lithuanian Weaving (Alter Cloth, Linen Pillow Slip, Duvet, Linen Blouse, Sweetheart Soap Curtains and Kati's Rug). A Flaxen Past book profits are dedicated to Lithuanian museums.

The author has also writtenWarp with a Trapeze and Dance with Your Loom.

Rep Weave and Beyond

by Joanne Tallarovic
8 1/2" x 9" Softcover (160 pages)
2004, Interweave Press

When was the last time someone told you a really great secret?

Joanne Tallarovic, a teacher and full-time studio artist, generously reveals how she modifies traditional Swedish ripsmatta (or Scandinavia rep weave) to create her highly prized handwork, well beyond its traditional use as a rug technique. With your jack, countermarch or counterbalance loom, you can produce a striking range of design blocks by threading multiple shafts with cotton carpet warp and varying the sett density. Often associated with rag rugs, rep is a simple weave structure in which the warp almost always covers the weft. While Scaninavian rep weave is usually characterized by bold geometric patterns, Rep Weave and Beyond has evolved the tradition by combining blocks in unexpected ways and introducing evocative contemporary colourways.

The 29 masterfully designed projects, which include table linens, rugs, and wall hangings, will lead you to your own explorations and innovations. Designed for beginning to advanced weavers, the projects are accompanied by step-by-step instructions, clear illustrations, and inspiring color photographs. Let rep weave infuse your weaving with a whole new look!

The collection of projects in this book are grouped into 2-, 3-, 4-, 6- and 8-block designs and include: "Checkerboard Placemats", "Chili Cook-Off Placemats", "Vermilion Cliffs Placemat", "1910 Revised Rug", "Saguaro Placemats", "Circle of Life Sash", "Homage to the Long Walk Placemats", "Hohokam Runner and Placemats", "Saguaro Cactus Runner", "Kayenta Runner and Placemats", "River Runnin' the San Juan Runner", "Red Rock Runner and Placemats", "August Garden Runner and Placemats", "Black Canyon of the Gunnison Runner", "Blue Saltillo Runner and Placemats", "Primrose Placemats", "Yomud Runner", "Hotevilla Runner and Placemats" and "Isabelle Placemats".

In addition to the designs, finishing techniques and care instructions are provided and a special chapter on adapting rep weave for other applications is included. This is the first book in the new The Weaver's Studio series of books focused on artists sharing their know-how and designs. The second book in the series is Woven Shibori.

Reps - Technique de creation de tissage traditional et moderne

by Bibiane April Proulx
6 3/4" x 9 1/2" Softcover (157 pages)
1979, Les Editions La Tirelle

Written completely in French, this book of warp faced weaves contains patterns in 4, 6, & 8-harness. The threading drafts are clearly detailed, each accompanied by a close-up photo of the finished fabric. The patterns with alternating blocks of warp-faced and weft-faced combined weaves are quite fascinating. Includes a French weaving glossary, 13 full colour photos and many black & white photographs and threading drafts.

Rigid Heddle Weaving - Level I

by Betty Davenport
DVD Video (93 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions

Rigid Heddle Weaving - Level I includes a method of warping specially designed for the rigid heddle loom and two projects which will include basic weaving techniques as well as techniques unique to the rigid heddle loom. You will learn how to weave successfully a variety of stripes and texture weaves as you complete a scarf and a set of placemats. Methods of finishing each piece are presented. This course builds a solid foundation for weaving a wide variety of projects on the rigid heddle loom as well as exploring other weaving techniques.

If you are new to weaving, the video course Introduction to Weaving by Deborah Chandler is a prerequisite to this course, but if you have woven before, no other video is required to start this course. For materials, you will need a rigid heddle loom at least 14" wide, a 10 dent heddle, 2 colours of wool and 2 colours of cotton yarn. A detailed list of materials needed is included in the cassette packaging along with information on where to purchase materials that may not be available in your area.

Rocky Mountain Huckery - Swedish Weave Patterns and Instructions for Monk's Cloth Afghans

by Marjorie Mullaly
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (32 pages)
1995, Rocky Mountain Huckery

To quote the author "Huck weaving is a old needlecraft that is often known as Swedish Weave. This needle work was popular in the 30's and 40's". Huck weaving is done by weaving embroidery floss or pearl cotton with a Tapestry needle under the vertical pairs of raised threads of huck toweling to create a raised pattern.

The author first explains how to perform the technique, provides information about yardage after washing and drying and then details 26 patterns with names like: Candy Hearts, Sweethearts, Diamonds, Earlene, Fan Dance, Fancy Fans, Spring Flowers, Hopscotch, In n' Out, Southwest Baskets, Pueblo Windows, Connections, Wings, Ziggy, Christmas Star, Christmas Trees, Egyption, Chevrons, Angles, Tall Twists, Swedish Cross, Antique, Grandma Sadie, Interlaced, Crossings and Jackie. Patterns suitable for Beginners and those for more advanced users of the technique are identified in the table of contents. Each pattern is shown with a black and white photograph of the finished design along with a stitching diagram.

The Rosepath Motif

by Margaret B. Windeknecht
8 1/2" x 11" Softcover (60 pages)
1993, Margaret B. Windeknecht

The reader will continue to be amazed at the great variety which results when one pattern is interpreted in different techniques. The author shows you how you can change scale to make the pattern bigger, how to create colour and weave effects, and most interesting, how to take a basic point twill and apply it to other weave systems. Each variation is shown with the draft, tie-up, treadling order, and a brief explanation of each weave system, and a computer drawndown. Most are multiple-harness weaves using 4 (17 patterns), 6 (2 patterns), 8 (10 patterns), 12 (1 pattern) or 16 harnesses (6 patterns).

Round the Twist - Creative Cordmaking

by Jacqui Carey
7 1/4" x 10 1/4" Softcover (28 pages)
2002, Carey Company

The oldest example of a twisted cord dates back to 15,000 B.C. It is a basic technique, yet despite its age there still remains a wealth of untapped potential awaiting discovery. This book looks at making twisted cords using a simple but effective method of twisting and folding.

The first in the OTT embellishment series, this book is deal for any textile enthusiast who wishes to create complimentary embellishments. Exploring simple yet effective techniques that require little or no equipment the author looks at new ideas for the simple twisted cord.

There are over 40 samples in this book with full instructions. The book is fully illustrated with beautiful full colour diagrams and photos throughout showing finished designs as well as the techniques and tools used to create them.

Other works by this author include: Beads & Braids, Beginner's Guide to Braiding - The Craft of Kumihimo, Braids and Beyond, Chinese Braid Embroidery, Creative Kumihimo, Samurai Undressed and 200 Braids to Twist, Knot, Loop or Weave as well as: Braids: 250 Patterns from Japan, Peru & Beyond, Kumihimo: Japanese Braiding, Making Kumihimo: Japanese Interlaced Braids, Kumi Himo: Techniques of Japanese Plaiting and Kumihimo - Japanese Silk Braiding Techniques by other authors.

A Rug Weaver's Source Book — A Compilation of Rug Weaving Techniques

edited by Linda C. Ligon
8 1/2" x 10 3/4" Softcover (173 pages)
1984, Interweave Press, Inc.

The scheme of the book is simple. Eight Different craftspeople, all masterful weavers, teachers and writers, simply tell in considerable detail how they go about doing what they do. Where do their design ideas come from? What loom types and materials work best for them? The keystone to each chapter is a rug designed especially to illustrate the discussion with specific details. Plain weave, twill, rag, rya, warp-face and block weave rugs are all considered in depth; there are excursions into special areas like shaft switching and cardwoven selvedges to pique your interest. And tying together all this diversity and wealth of information is a thorough introduction by Martha Stanley that establishes sound perspective on equipment, materials, technique and design.

You'll pore over colour photographs of striking handwoven rugs in complementary interior settings. You'll find intricate processes clarified in accurate black and white line drawings. You'll empathize with the authors as they share their own successes and failures. But most of all, you'll be more ready than ever to go to the loom and weave your own rug. The authors are: Marilyn Dillard, Lynne Giles, Inga Krook, Hector Jaeger, Halcyon Schomp, Bryn Pinchin, Martha Stanley and Carol Thilenius.

Rug Weaving - Block Weaves and Shaft Switching

instructed by Jason Collingwood
DVD Video (132 minutes colour)
Victorian Video Productions

In this comprehensive video workshop, Jason Collingwood includes all the information needed to weave a successful, durable weft-faced rug. He begins with a discussion on tools and materials and then provides step-by-step instructions on how to warp the loom. Along the way he covers beaming for high tension, ensuring neat and durable selvedges and finishing the fringes. You will learn to create blocks of colour using the standard threading and then how to change the placement of blocks to place colour and alter the design. The method of manipulating the warp threads (shaft switching) allows almost unlimited possibilities of colour placement using only a 4-harness loom. Jason demonstrates on a jack-type floor loom to show you how to adapt any loom to shaft switching. As he takes you from warping to finishing, he shows you inspiring examples which he wove with the same threading, treadling, and shuttle sequence.

as a prerequisite to this course, the student should understand basic weaving terminology, know how to read a 4-harness weaving draft, and thread a loom. For materials the student will require a 4-harness loom, linen warp, wool weft, ski or stick shuttles, curved tapestry needle, and a temple. A detailed list of materials is included on the written insert to the video.

The instructor has also written the book Jason Collingwood's Block Weave Technique and we also stock Jason Collingwood Rug Yarn.

Rug Weaving Techniques: Beyond the Basics

by Peter Collingwood
8 1/2" x 11" Hardcover (160 pages)

Peter Collingwood's The Techniques of Rug Weaving is the classic book on weaving. Originally published in 1969, it has been through nine editions. He has not published a book on rug weaving for over 20 years, but now, for this new book, he is returning to his first love, and drawing upon a wide range of new ideas and insights developed during the course of extensive lecturing and research.

With concise instructions and explanatory diagrams, the author explores new techniques for plain weave, twill and block weaves. The three-end block weave is fully described, especially the application of it to shaft-switching. The samples illustrated have been specially woven for the book and photographed by David Cripps, who is renowned for his work in the craft field.

Rug Weaving Techniques will inspire as much as it informs and will be indispensable to any weaver's library. The book includes 71 colour plates of his rug samples and 139 clear black-and-white diagrams.

Other works by this author include: The Maker's Hand, Peter Collingwood - His Weaves and Weaving, Techniques of Ply-Split Braiding, The Techniques of Rug Weaving, Techniques of Sprang and The Techniques of Tablet Weaving as well as the The Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers - Peter Collingwood Special Edition compilation of articles.

Rural Pennsylvania German Weaving 1833-1857
The Christian Frey and Henry Small, Jr. Pattern Books

by Tandy & Charles Hersch
12" x 9" Spiralbound Softcover (153 pages)
$39.95 Canadian ($32.95 US)

Christian Frey and Henry Small, Jr. were professional weavers in neighboring townships in south-central Pennsylvania in the first half of the nineteenth century producing items in the "Germanic" style. This book includes reproductions of their meticulously maintained daybooks as well as their extensive collection of patterns which have been mader easier to read through the use of computer drawdowns.

The author's have produced a rare view into the life of these two production weavers as well as the small rural community in which they worked. The daybooks where the weavers recorded information about their lives tell us what they wove, what it was sold for, what and when raw materials were available, their customers and generally how they ran their business. The extensive collection of patterns are documented in such a way as to allow the reader to reproduce these authentic designs and forge a link to the past. Chapters on their looms and equipment, the materials they used to produce their woven carpets and coverlets as well as recipes for thier dyes will fascinate any reader interested in antique textiles.


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