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.

    $120.00
  • 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.

    $59.99
  • 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.

    $48.99
  • 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.

    $39.99
  • Doubleweave

    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!

    $51.99
    $44.99
  • 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.

    $19.99
  • 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.

    $80.00
  • Hand Spinning

    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
  • Handwoven Home

    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
  • 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.

    $42.99
  • 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.

    $42.99
  • In the Footsteps of Sheep

    In the Footsteps of Sheep details the author's mission to travel and camp throughout Scotland, find cast off tufts of wool from 10 Scottish sheep breeds, then spin the wool on her spinning stick while walking (or waiting for ferries), and finally design and knit one pair of socks to represent each breed ... all the while writing about her adventures and taking plenty of photographs.

    Debbie Zawinski has written beautifully about her journey; the hills, shorelines, and bogs explored; the sheep and people she met along the way; weather both foul and fair, and a particularly exciting chapter about the intriguing St Kilda archipelago and its feral Soay and Boreray sheep.

    The 11 sock patterns, one at the end of each chapter, are a bonus and, and for those of us unable to gather and spin our own fleece, all were test-knitted with commercial wools. Ten of the patterns represent the different sheep breeds from which Debbie gathered her fleece, and the eleventh combines fleece from all ten breeds into one sock. The designs are knitted from top to toe with different motifs, among them colour-patterns, cables, spirals, stripes, Kilt Hose with top-turnovers, and a pair of baby booties.

    $59.99
  • 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.

    $49.99
  • 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.

    $49.99
  • Modern Weaving

    Create beautiful wall hangings and accessories on a loom, with clear charts and step-by-step instructions. Laura Strutt has designed 25 contemporary weavings in a range of stylish colourways, from bright neons to pastels, Navajo-inspired earth tones, monochrome and neutrals, as well as suggesting alternate colours so you can match your makes to your home and your accessories to your mood.

    With a comprehensive techniques section that covers everything from how to make your own loom, warping (preparing) a loom, basics such as tabby weave, bubbling, Egyptian knots, Soumak weave, basket weave and many more, you will develop the skills you need to make a wide range of exciting projects, such as a stunning gold and cream wall hanging with extra-long Rya knots, a pastel-colored hanging with ribbons and strips of lace to create a tactile texture or a pretty phone cover with Aztec-inspired triangles.

    $39.99
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  • 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.

    $39.99
  • Ondule Textiles

    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
  • Potholder Loom Designs

    Familiar to many from their childhood, simple square potholder looms hold stretchy fabric loops that are woven to create practical gifts or handy trivets for your own kitchen.

    Enjoy choosing from 140 patterns that can be woven on any standard potholder loom, resulting in colourful, practical works of art – and a joyful escape into creativity! And most potholders take less than an hour from loom to done. Along with the exciting patterns for two-colour to eight-colour squares, be inspired by ideas for enjoying potholder weaving as a group activity, or as a fundraiser for schools, clubs and other organizations.

    $32.99
  • 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.

    $69.99