Spinning & Weaving

  • Andean Science of Weaving

    The warp-faced weaves of the Andes are the most complex in the world, with up to eight warp levels. Existing studies of Andean textiles use a technical language derived from other textile traditions (mainly tapestry from Europe and the Near East), but this book takes as its starting-point the technical terms in the Aymara and Quechua languages used by Andean weavers themselves.

    The result is a completely new way of understanding one of the great craft traditions of the world. Within its field, the authors work is truly groundbreaking. This is a highly technical book that sets out the authors' alternative classification system via tables, photographs and diagrams. It is also a celebration of one of the most gorgeous and sophisticated weaving traditions in the world.

  • Art of Weaving

    With comprehensive text, diagrams, drafts and examples of fine woven fabrics, this book offers complete coverage of the materials and equipment, the techniques and the creative possibilities of the medium making it an indispensable handbook and resource for weavers of all skill levels.

    This timeless classic now features examples of contemporary work and discusses the use of digital tools for hand-weaving. Chapters include the fundamentals of weaving, as well as looms and other equipment, yarns, how to design a warp and warp the loom, drafting, the basic weaves, pattern weaves, and how to apply this knowledge to discover the many faces of weaving.

    Weave structures covered include tapestry techniques, knotted, pile, flat-woven rugs, and two- and three-dimensional wall hangings.

  • Color and Texture in Weaving

    Providing you with everything from basic setup instructions to advanced weaving ideas, Color and Texture in Weaving offers contemporary, colourful and creative possibilities for all weavers looking to refine their colour and texture approaches to textiles.

    Learn to mix colour and yarn types to create textiles that are rich with colour and texture as well as refreshing and modern. Using either a simple four- or eight-shaft loom you can discover how to mix colour and yarn types to maximize visual effects in your weaving.

    Beginner weavers will find helpful guidance for colour warping and a plethora of expert weaving inspiration. And if you've already mastered the basic skills, you'll find the book to be a dependable weaving resource with complex techniques and a wealth of inspiring patterns.


    • Hundreds of weaving patterns for you to enjoy
    • Swatches of finished textiles, setup diagrams, lifting patterns and fabric samples
    • Large, full-colour photos to highlight the detail

  • Field Guide to Fleece

    Confronted with the wide array of fleece and fibre available today, fibre artists want to understand how each type of fibre is used best, based on a sheep's breed characteristics. And they want the information in a compact, portable format that's easy to bring to fibre festivals and knitting shops.

    While the authors' first book, The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, is the comprehensive bible to the topic, this friendly paperback will appeal as a primer for those new to working with fleece and as a handy reference for the avid enthusiast.

  • Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom

    Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom covers everything rigid-heddle weavers need to know about the craft, from the basics – how to select a loom, set it up, and get started – to a wide variety of fun techniques that yield beautiful results.

    Begin by exploring a variety of weave structures, including finger-manipulated laces, tapestry and colour play with stripes, plaids and multicolour yarns. Then move on to more complex designs and irresistible projects, from pillows and curtains to bags, shawls and even jewellery. Explore warp-face patterning, weft-pile weaving, weaving with fine threads, woven shibori, shadow weave and the textural effects that you can create with different yarns and with wire and conductive thread.

    Everything you need to know is here, with fully illustrated step-by-step instructions to ensure success.

  • Joy of Handweaving

    This classic manual is well known to weavers for its great thoroughness, clarity and value to beginning and professional weavers alike.

    The author has drawn upon many years of experience as a teacher and writer in preparing this practical text of basic weaving techniques and projects from the simplest to the extremely complex. Each topic of weaving theory and technique is presented with its practical applications in mind.

    The text is fully illustrated throughout with photographs and labelled diagrams.

  • Learn to Weave with Anne Field

    Master-weaver Anne Field has has found that people learn best when they can start making things right away. So her latest book takes a project-based approach, where beginners learn the techniques through actually doing a weaving project.

    Each project is described in detail, with photographs showing the finished work, as well as the various steps in getting there. The book focuses on shaft looms only, with most projects woven on four-shaft looms and one or two eight-shaft projects. Table looms are also covered.

    Chapters one and two look at choosing your loom and how to set it up and then it is straight into the projects, which include table runners, table mats, wraps, scarfs, creating fabric for a vest and jacket, cushions, wall hangings and rugs.

  • Learning to Weave

    More than 40 000 weavers have used this unparalleled study guide to learn from scratch or to hone their skills. Written with a mentoring voice, each lesson includes friendly, straightforward advice and is accompanied by illustrations and photographs.

    Crafters need only to approach this subject with a willingness to learn:

    • Three methods for step-by-step warping
    • Basic weaving techniques
    • Project planning
    • Beading and designing draft
    • The basics of all the most common weave structures
    • And many more handy hints

    Beginners will find this guidebook an invaluable teacher, while more seasoned weavers will find food for thought in the chapters on weave structures and drafting.

  • Next Steps in Weaving

    There is a lot to learn about weaving! As a new weaver, you might wonder what the next steps are to grow your skills. Next Steps in Weaving has the answers you're looking for. In this beautiful book you'll be explore a variety of weave structures and concepts in depth and detail including twill, colour-and-weave, overshot, summer and winter, lace and doubleweave.

    This is not just a book of weaving patterns. Each topic is explained and supplemented with instructions for weaving a sampler and a project in order to solidify the concepts and enable you to design your own projects. In addition, the book offers troubleshooting tips in order to expand your weaving expertise.

    About the Author Pattie Graver has been weaving for 20 years. Her work has been featured in Handwoven magazine, and she is a former Managing Editor of the publication. She left the job that she loved so she could spend more time at her loom(s). She is a longtime member of the Handweavers Guild of Boulder in the US and has successfully participated in many of the guild's annual sales.

  • On the Loom

    In On the Loom, Maryanne Moodie brings the ancient art of weaving to the modern day in a comprehensive guide packed with step-by-step tutorials and beautiful photography.

    Learn the basics of this simple and beautiful craft with valuable information on basic stitches, tools needed, and even how to make your own looms. Split by loom type – circular, rectangular and even found objects – 24 lush, bohemian and uniquely modern projects for the home and to wear draw deeply on the nostalgic quality of vintage textiles.

    In addition to the how-to, this is the ultimate resource for finding your own creativity and style through this medium, from learning which materials to use for different effects to discovering how to use colour to create vintage-inspired projects with a modern twist.

  • Ondule Textiles

    Weaving involves straight, parallel and gridlike lines, but as Norma Smayda shows, ondule weaving with curving warp threads, offers new directions. This is the first book on ondule textiles, and includes clear information on every aspect, from instructions to design tips to a comprehensive history of the fan reed, the tool that makes ondule possible.

    Smayda shares the details of her own learning experiences with numerous ondule warps in a variety of fibres. More than 180 colour photos also feature stunningly beautiful work by five other contemporary and two twentieth-century weavers, plus intriguing historic Japanese textiles.

    Also included are sections on weft ondule, designing a fan or hybrid reed and the thought processes behind 21 of the featured projects, including drafts. This reference will serve as foundation and inspiration for your ondule weaving.

  • Pin Loom Weaving to Go

    With beginning weavers in mind, the author first walks you through how to weave on a 2" and 4" loom. Once you know how to make a basic square and connect your pieces, you are well on your way to making any of the projects in this book.

    The book divides projects into those that use a 2," 4," adjustable fine-gauge, and even a pot holder loom, and those that combine pieces from different looms, so it is easy to find a project and get started. Pin looms are readily available in a variety of sizes and materials. Choose a favorite pattern and a suitable pin loom, and start weaving anywhere and everywhere today! -

    • All the basics of pin loom weaving
    • 30 beginning and medium level projects you can make on the go
    • Instructions for making your own simple 2" loom Projects for standard 2" and 4" looms, as well as weaving on potholder looms and knitting looms

  • Practical Spinner's Guide: Silk

    The Practical Spinner's Guide: Silk teaches spinners how to create smooth lustrous yarns from a gorgeous but tricky and sometimes intimidating fibre.

    • Discusses the various forms in which silk is available – combed top, bricks, noils, hankies and bells – and how best to card, prep and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist
    • Covers finishing yarns – cleaning and degumming, setting twist and plying – and even touches on what dye processes are best for adding colour, as well as how to blend silk into other spinning fibres
    • Includes brief discussions on spinning for both knitting and weaving, the properties of woven and knitted fabric and what the spinner needs to take into account while creating yarn for a subsequent project

  • Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool

    For thousands of years spinners have spun stunning yarns from wool, yet there are still many unanswered questions. What kind of prepared fibres are available, and what should you do with them? How do you choose a fleece? Should you process your fleece by hand or send it to a mill? Discover the answers to these questions and many more from fibre artist and shepherdess Kate Larson in The Practical Spinner’s Guide: Wool.

    You’ll find:

    • An overview of sheep breeds and the characteristics of their fleece
    • Washing, carding, combing and blending fibres
    • Purchasing and working with prepared fibres
    • Techniques for spinning and plying wool to achieve the right yarn for your projects
    • Advice on caring for fibres to protect them from unwanted pests and other problems

    Whether you're an experienced spinner with fleeces sheered from your own flock or just learning to spin with indie dyed fibres, you'll find a wealth of useful, valuable and practical information.

    About the Author Kate Larson keeps an ever-growing flock of Border Leicester sheep and teaches hand spinning and knitting regularly in central Indiana and around the US. Kate has published articles and designs in Spin-Off Magazine, Jane Austen Knits and Knitting Sweaters from Around the World and manages the Spinner’s Connection blog at SpinningDaily.com. Follow her woolly adventures at katelarsontextiles.com.

  • Rep, Rips, Reps Weave

    Rep, Rips, Reps Weave takes weavers beyond the traditional forms and familiar patterns. It is a complete workshop in rep weaving – for both the beginning and advanced weaver.

    Lucienne Coifman provides complete drafts and full instruction for more than 20 of her stunning project designs – rugs, placemats, runners, wall hangings and samplers. She shares the proven tips and techniques she has developed through years of teaching. There’s also a photo gallery of games, mazes and 3-D forms to inspire you to have fun and experiment on your own.

  • Simple Woven Garments

    Simple Woven Garments is both a pattern book and an idea book for creating simple woven shapes and turning them into everyday, highly wearable fashions. Readers will enjoy classic woven styles and nods to today's style trends in a collection of 20 woven garments (and 4 variations) for the "what's next" weaver.

    This guide will help weavers create fabric that works for the intended garment, is easy to weave, and is above all beautiful. The authors explore techniques such as yarn usage, spaced warps, felting, pick-up weaving patterns, finger-control weaving techniques and embellishments. Shapes are simple rectangles and sewing requires minimal skill.

    Weavers will enjoy creating garments including wraps and tops, ranging from easy shawls with a twist to woven sweaters. Woven squares, rectangles and strips are assembled into easy-sew garments with minimal finishing.

  • Spin to Weave

    Spin to Weave is not simply a how-to-spin book, but a how-to-spin-exactly-what-you-want book. Weavers who spin their own yarns have the ability to choose fibre type, method of twist insertion, twist amount and/or direction, finishing methods and grist.

    Author Sara Lamb focuses on the process of spinning for specific results, providing detailed instructions, a sampling of projects, variations and a gallery of pieces by other spinners.

    Sara takes the reader to the very source of woven fabric, explaining the entire process from how to choose fibres to how to spin them with finished fabric in mind.