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.

  • DIY Woven Art

    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.

  • 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 aesthetically and psychologically, this book will give readers a broad understanding of colour, more than just the technicalities of colour theory.

  • 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.

  • Frances L. Goodrich’s Coverlet and Counterpane Drafts

    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.

  • Handwoven Tape

    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.

  • Hex Weave & Mad Weave

    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.

  • Intertwined
    Capture all the excitement of experimental handspun yarns with recipes and project ideas for knitters and crocheters.

    There are tips on how to use one-of-a-kind handspun yarns (whether you spin them or buy them), and a gallery of handmade creations. Feature profiles from Alpaca farmers and cutting-edge spinners to well-known knitwear designers and anecdotes, essays, and thoughts on fibre arts and the creative process.

  • 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.

  • 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: 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.