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

The Weaver's Idea Book

Creative Cloth on a Rigid-Heddle Loom

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Published: 17th August 2010
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New and experienced weavers alike are always on the lookout for new weave structure patterns. This book presents a wide variety of patterns for the simple rigid-heddle loom, accompanied by harness drafts for multishaft looms. The techniques include leno, Brook’s bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric. Each chapter contains weaving patterns along with swatches illustrating the techniques, accompanied by step-by-step photography.

The book is arranged by structure or type of weave, from variations on plain weave to doubleweave. With traditional patterns from around the world, bands, and fabrics woven on two double heddles, The Weaver’s Idea Book brings together a variety of ways to create exquisite cloth. Weaving tips and tricks help weavers at all levels achieve their textile dreams. In addition to pattern drafts, Jane offers project ideas that guide the reader through creating functional woven projects, from wearables to home décor.

Weaving, especially on rigid-heddle looms, is enjoying a resurgence, and contemporary weavers at all levels are in need of a book to bridge the divide between basic books and complex text designed for advanced weavers with sophisticated tools. Celebrating the immense potential for creativity possible with the simplest of tools, The Weaver’s Idea Book opens new avenues for exploration on both the rigid-heddle and multishaft looms.

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5.0

A Rigid Heddle Weaver's 'go to' Book!

By Wildweaver

from Melbourne

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Pros

  • Deserves Multiple Readings
  • Easy To Understand
  • Informative
  • Inspirational
  • Relevant
  • Well Written

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Reference

    Comments about The Weaver's Idea Book:

    As a novice weaver, this book is one of the most useful references on my shelf. It has loads of information and ideas on how to use color and texture to create beautiful fabric on a rigid heddle loom. It also takes the weaver through the more advanced techniques of weaving with two heddles, expanding the rigid heddle loom's creative possibilities even further. The book comes with a hard cover and is spiral bound - perfect for a reference book in constant use!

    Comment on this review

    As a guide for beginners and practiced weavers Jane Patrick's book is inspirational. Although specifically aimed at the rigid heddle loom, the 200 pages hold a wealth of information on weave structures and patterns that can be used on many looms. The spiral bound, textbook-style layout is good, with clear section separation, and the chapters take you up a hierarchy of difficulty. I felt comfortable with plain, finger-controlled and pick up weaves, then I marvelled in awe at sections on warp and weft-faced frabrics and working with two heddles. There is a nod to garment and item construction in the guise of a few set pieces, but the book's real strength is in opening a treasure chest of weaving possibility to new or relatively inexperienced weavers. Each section provides a soft kaleidoscope of samples which I have already been tempted to replicate. The book will doubtless remain a good source book to refer to for new creative ideas and inspiration. However, the book might give the absolute beginner a puzzle at times, as it is not always clear and sometimes repetitive. Generally though, the book was a joy to read and is unlikely to gather dust on my bookshelf.-Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers

    Preface
    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Weaving Basics
    Everything about plain weave
    Introduction
    Balanced weaves
    Spaced warps
    Felted fabrics
    Stripes
    Plaids
    Textured yarns
    Project: Felted scarf
    Project: Sturdy tote
    Exploring the finger-controlled weaves
    Picked-up loops
    Danish medallions
    Brooks bouquet
    Leno
    Spanish Lace
    Project: hanging
    Project: table mat
    The power of the pick-up stick
    How to use a pick-up stick for weft floats
    How to use a pick-up stick for wrap floats
    How to use a pick-up stick for weft and warp floats
    Pick-up patterns, including drafts
    Project: Top with pattern trim
    Project: Felted skirt with picked-up belt loops
    Project: Honeycomb pillow pair
    Warp- and weft-faced fabrics
    Weft-faced weaves
    Cut pile, the ghiordes knot
    Picked-up loop pile
    Weft-faced color-and-weave
    Krokbragd
    Meet and separate, Project: meet and separate coasters
    Warp-faced weaves
    Warp-emphasis fabrics
    Warp-faced bands
    Pick-up on warp-faced bands
    Project: wide belt with string tie
    Everything about two-heddle weaving
    How to thread and use two heddles
    Two-heddle patterns
    Two-heddles and pick-up stick
    Project: Apron with paper pile
    Double weave
    Glossary
    Appendix
    Bibliography
    Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

    ISBN: 9781596681750
    ISBN-10: 1596681756
    Audience: General
    Format: Hardcover
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 240
    Published: 17th August 2010
    Dimensions (cm): 24.2 x 24.3  x 2.9
    Weight (kg): 1.0