Spinning & Weaving
Sakiori is an approach to rag weaving used by Japanese peasants to cope with the scarcity of new cloth for clothing and household textiles. In modern times, there is instead an overabundance of cloth filling up thrift stores and being discarded. Weavers can use this source of “rags” to make useful and surprising new cloth. Depending on the fabric used, results can be rugged and utilitarian (like cotton rugs) or fashionable and delicate (like silk scarves).
The book begins with an overview of the history and context of sakiori in Japan, followed by methods and tips for successful rag weaving with a variety of materials and looms, including rigid heddle looms as well as floor looms. Charts and worksheets make it easy to find the information weavers need to get started, and 21 projects with instructions and drafts provide inspiration and ideas.$47.99
This comprehensive, full-colour guide features dozens of images of slings from various cultures, both ancient and contemporary. Slings had great significance in many cultures, particularly in the Andes, and were often used as both prehistoric weapons and herding tools.
The book shows novice and experienced braiders how to make 50 designs, from 8 to 32 strands, on a braiding card or with a braiding stand and bobbins. Learn step-by-step how to make an authentic Andean-style sling with braided cords and a tapestry-woven cradle. A range of techniques useful for beginning, ending and embellishing slings are included, and can enhance a wide variety of other items, like jewellery, garments and accessories.
This book is a key resource for historians, anthropologists, textile artists, weapons experts and others to learn the practical skills for understanding sling braids' structure. Includes braiding card and plans to make core stand.$69.99
Rediscover this traditional craft and develop your weaving skills in the wonderful world of Elena Vilar.
Follow the illustrated techniques section at the beginning of the book to master the basics before you delve into Elena’s simple yet sophisticated designs. Discover how to make a cardboard loom, thread a shop-bought loom, dye wool using natural dyes, make homemade jersey yarn, wind pompoms and more.
Learn the essential weaving methods through each project, starting with a simple, beautiful wall hanging in the basic stitch through to a dream catcher made with braids, soumak and rya knots. Create unique and beautiful designs by incorporating a range of materials, fabrics and imaginative embellishments. In addition, each project includes handy tips and advice to help and inspire you on your weaving journey.
Look inside the book.$38.99
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
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.$120.00
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.$59.99
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.$48.99
These 14 fabulous fibre art projects – from colourful pillows and rugs to dramatic wall hangings – will add a pop to any room in your house.
No loom? No worries. Rachel Denbow shows you how to fabricate three simple, portable looms. She also includes tips on customizing your designs and choosing the right fibres and embellishments for each project – basically, everything you need to know to create these gorgeous projects from start to finish.$39.99$34.99
Conventional shaft loom weaving constricts the weaver into making only a single layer of fabric that is no wider than the loom. Increase your loom's capabilities with Doubleweave!
In this comprehensive guide to doubleweave, master weaver Jennifer Moore revisits the tips and techniques to weaving in multiple layers. Doubleweave has been revised and expanded, filled with new information about doubleweaving and more including:
- More doubleweave technique samples for both 4 and 8-shaft looms, including more overshot patterns
- Expanded information on how to weave fabric twice, thrice or even four-times the width of your loom, with no seam
- Beautiful doubleweave project patterns for the home and more!
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 aesthetically and psychologically, this book will give readers a broad understanding of colour, more than just the technicalities of colour theory.$46.99$42.99
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.$19.99
This one-of-a-kind photographic encyclopaedia features more than 200 animals and the fibres they produce. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world from the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom to the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese, and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats, camelids (such as alpacas, llamas and vicunas), bison, horses, musk oxen, rabbits and even dogs.
Each entry includes:
- Photographs of the featured animal
- Samples of its raw and cleaned fleece, and yarn spun from the fleece
- Samples of the yarn knit and woven
You will find everything you want to know about each animal and its fibre, including the fibre's colour, density, strength and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. This is the essential reference no fibre-lover can be without.$49.99
This collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century weaving drafts from Appalachia in the US includes 112 overshot drafts and drawdowns, and 31 drafts and drawdowns for the all-white summertime cotton bedspreads called counterpanes. Colour photos of the original samples are shown side by side with valuable modern translations of the drafts, which enable today's weavers to make them.
A vibrant example of weaving heritage, these drafts were originally gathered between 1892 and 1918 by the legendary Frances L. Goodrich. Handwoven counterpanes and coverlets were important possessions, and often were the only item of beauty in the women's otherwise impoverished living conditions. These are drafts Goodrich carefully collected but did not include in her classic Brown Book. Dozens of vintage photographs of Goodrich, the communities she served, and the women who invented the drafts help bring this part of American craft heritage to life.$80.00
This beautiful book explains how to spin unique yarn using natural raw materials such as fleece, flax and silk. It aims to teach, encourage and inspire spinners to extend their skills and uncover the mystique surrounding the long draw, the hallmark skill of accomplishment in hand spinning.
The book includes over 200 supporting colour images and clear step-by-step instructions on spinning methods, fibre preparation, colour skills, dyeing, yarn structure, art and yarn design. It will bring inspiration and pleasure to all spinners, regardless of experience or expertise.$64.99
Discover the joys of weaving beautiful projects for your home with the rigid-heddle loom, including techniques, tips, tricks and projects. This book will give you the tools and techniques you need to weave custom textiles for every room of your home.
Learn how to make multiple towels all the same size, how to create a sturdy rug and more. All of these projects plus placemats, runners, tablecloths, trivets, pillows, curtains, throws and even shower curtains can all be made on a rigid-heddle loom with little sewing, shaping and loom waste. Home decor makes great gifts, and from a weaver's perspective, they are fun and efficient to make.
You can put on long warps to weave multiple projects, changing up each one to create something truly unique. Weaving for your home means that you can create a runner that perfectly fits the dimensions of your dining room table and then create custom placemats and napkins to go with coordinating the colours of your room.$42.99$39.99
Narrow bands of woven tape were important to Americans in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, before the days of elastic and zippers. This book documents the fascinating American history of handwoven tape and offers patterns and instructions to enable today's weavers to make it.
Many Early American households had a tape loom for making the tape needed by the family, and this book offers a discussion of the people who wove tape, the patterns woven and the types of looms used, along with over 280 colour images.
The book also gives step-by-step instructions for setting up a tape loom with warp threads, and explains how to weave your own tape. You can weave tape for similar practical uses or to create one-of-a-kind gifts and decorations like key chains, holiday garlands or lanyards.$42.99
Triaxial weaving is based on three axes, or directions, instead of the two directions used in most Western textiles. It is among the oldest forms of weaving, and in today's world, industry uses triaxial weaving to produce strong, stable fabrics. There is also a growing interest in triaxial weaving as an art form.
Through more than 200 diagrams and photos, you will learn the basics of the two simplest forms of triaxial weaving – hex weave and mad weave. The five hex weave projects are stationery stars, a tiny Christmas tree made from recycled holiday cards, an accordion journal and a faux bull's eye clock. Eight mad weave projects cover pillows, tote and evening bags, a table runner and eyeglass cases.
Chapters include designing patterns, colour, using paper, ribbons and yardage and a troubleshooting section. This in-depth guide will inspire weavers, basket makers, quilters and teachers alike.$42.99
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.$49.99
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.$49.99
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.$46.99
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.$49.99$42.99
Weaving involves straight, parallel and gridlike lines, but as Norma Smayda shows, ondulé weaving with curving warp threads, offers new directions. This is the first book on ondulé 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 ondulé 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 ondulé, 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 ondulé weaving.$80.00
Overshot is perhaps the most iconic weaving technique – think antique coverlets and fancy table runners – yet many weavers are intimidated by its complex-looking structure. But it doesn't have to be difficult!
Susan Kesler-Simpson makes overshot approachable by breaking it down piece by piece so that the weaver understands how it works, and then she puts it all back together so that weavers will have the confidence to make their own overshot patterns or to try any of the 38 overshot projects (blankets, shawls, scarves, Christmas ornaments, table runners, placemats, napkins) she has designed for the book.
Weavers will learn:
- To understand overshot as a derivative of twill
- To understand the tie-up, placement of tabby in the tie-up, threading and treadling
- How to choose threads for overshot
- How to use borders in your designs
- How to set up the loom for overshot
- How to work an overshot gamp