Spinning & Weaving

  • 100 Pin Loom Squares

    Portable, easy and fun, pin loom squares can be woven in minutes and require only a handful of materials. You can even weave them on the move! Features include:

    • Information on how to make and use your own loom
    • Clear, step-by-step instructions, accompanied by beautiful photographs
    • A practical guide to combining yarns, colours and weaving techniques to help you achieve exciting results
    • A collection of 100 squares of different yarn and colour combinations
    • 15 stylish projects from scarves and bags, to coasters and place mats

  • 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.

  • Best of Weaver's: Fabrics That Go Bump

    This collection of treasured articles and 35 projects from 10+ years of Weaver's magazine will give you the tools to design and weave textures not created by textured yarns but by the innovative use of structure, fibre type and finishing method.

    It explores marvellous textures on handwoven fabrics: waffle weave, honeycomb, pleated fabrics, rib / cord weaves, seersucker, etc and provides:

    • Full drafting and designing theory for all weave structures that defy the flat fabric plane
    • Details on fibres and finishing
    • Methods for differential shrinkage control for collapse fabrics
    • Includes olour photos / diagrams

  • Best of Weaver's: Huck Lace

    These 40+ projects by Weaver's magazine's talented designers give full instructions,drafts, diagrams and colour photos for weaving huck lace fabrics for towels, table linens, shawls, scarves, check throws, clothes, etc.

    Chosen from a decade+ of treasured articles, this definitive work (first in 'Best of' series) offers the easiest and most comprehensive method for designing huck lace in print today.

      Also includes:
    • Block design
    • Network drafting
    • Pick-up
    • Combining huck with other structures
    • Special fibre & finishing tips

  • Best of Weaver's: Magic of Double Weave

    This collection of handwoven projects in double weave includes everything you need to:

    • Design and weave two cloth layers
    • Stitch two layers together for backed or two-faced fabrics
    • Connect two layers at one edge for a fabric twice loom width
    • Create block designs by exchanging differently coloured layers
    • Create dimensional, decorated fabrics by stuffing pockets, embellishing surfaces, cutting layers

  • Best of Weaver's: Overshot is Hot

    The acclaimed Best of Weaver's sixth book combines articles & 40+ projects in today's overshot– the most versatile pattern weave of all – can be adapted for almost any fabric use: bookmarks, jackets, chic bathrobe, silk scarf, table runner, coverlets, cushions, toy pets & more.

    Add colour to the amazingly complex & infinitely variable patterns possible with overshot & designs are limitless.

  • Best of Weaver's: Summer & Winter Plus

    This volume features summer and winter and its many variations and extensions. Learn to design with blocks, work with colour and invent your own weaves and more. It is unique in its comprehensive depth and remarkable clarity.

    From coverlets to rugs to table linens to delicate scarves, projects are not only a joy to weave, but they will give you a deep understanding of the way these weaves work and ideas for new explorations.

    Features include:

    • In-depth theory
    • Over 40 projects to weave
    • Discover tools you need to design fabrics of your own

  • Best of Weaver's: Thick 'n Thin

    The definitive guide to thick 'n thin weaves with 30+ projects from 10+ years of Weaver's magazine. Step directions, diagrams and colour photos show how to weave drapable fabrics for many uses: clothing, rugs, blankets, kitchen towels, table linens, scarves, etc.

    Learn thick 'n thin:

    • Block design
    • Network drafting
    • Warp rep (complete primer)
    • Double weave
    • Warping tips

  • Dyeing to Spin & Knit

    Dyeing to Spin and Knit is designed to inspire, ignite, and unleash an unapologetic passion for hand-crafted colour with clear and compelling guidance on how to create and work with hand-dyed yarns and spinning fibres.

    Starting off with a discussion of colour, how it works and interacts with other colours and textures, and also how it affects us both aaesthetically and psychologically, this book will give readers a broad understanding of colour, more than just the technicalities of colour theory.

  • Early American Weaving & Dyeing

    This landmark work is a practical and historical guide to hand-weaving patterns and dye recipes. It revolutionized 19th-century practices by revealing closely held trade secrets to home weavers and dyers, and giving recipes the home craftsman could use. While not intended for the beginner, this book is a great source of early weaving crafts and authentic dye recipes for craftsmen who know the fundamentals of weaving and dyeing.

    Of greatest value, perhaps, are the 35 weaving crafts with their instructions. Included are Bird Eyes, Herring Bone, Eight Shaft Coverlet, Diamond Coverlet, Plain Block Carpet, Damask Diaper, Curtain Diaper, and more. Then come dye recipes and methods for dyeing cotton and wool, all using natural dyes. Also included are tables and calculations for the size and amount of yarn required for various projects, a description of dye-woods and drugs, recipes for varnishes and satins and more.

  • 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.

  • Handwoven Baby Blankets

    What better way to welcome that precious, tiny new person than with a luxurious, handwoven blanket! These beautiful, colourful designs will appeal to today's contemporary moms, as well as lovers of traditional weaves.

    • More than 30 snuggly cosy projects for baby
    • Plain weaves and fancy weaves, for everyday or special occasions
    • How to choose the best materials
    • Projects for both 4 harness and 8 harness looms

  • 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.

  • Many Hands

    This elegant, full-colour illustrated hardback celebrates the first 40 years of the Australian Tapestry Workshop. Using the same techniques employed in Europe since the 15th century, the ATW's skilled weavers work with artists from Australia and overseas to produce tapestries that are known for their vibrancy, technical accomplishment and inventive interpretation.

    Notable Australian and international artists who have collaborated with the ATW's weavers over these 40 years include Brook Andrew, Arthur Boyd, John Coburn, Sally Gabori and the Kaiadilt senior female artists from Bentinck Island, Alun Leach-Jones, David Noonan, John Olsen, Ginger Riley, Gulammohamed Sheikh, Sangeeta Sandrasegar, Frank Stella, Imants Tillers, Yvonne Todd, Keith Tyson, Jorn Utzon and John Wolseley.

    These works hang in Australian embassies and high commissions, as well as other significant public and private collections around the world. ATW tapestries can be seen in many public buildings, including the Great Hall at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Sydney Opera House.