These are our recommendations for the best instructional books and dvds for weaving. Even if there are no weaving classes near you, you will be able to teach yourself using these methods.
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|LEARNING TO WEAVE by Deborah Chandler|
In this book, you'll find much of what you'll need to know to start weaving. With very clear directions and excellent diagrams, this book is a must for any beginning weaver, and an excellent refresher for anyone who has been away from weaving for a while. Our best-selling weaving book. Softcover. $24.95.
|INTRO TO WEAVING, AND BEGINNING 4 HARNESS WEAVING DVDS by Deborah Chandler|
We offer 2 weaving DVDs, individually or together, designed to teach you to weave even if you don't have a mentor.
Introduction to Weaving is 57 minutes, and introduces you to the tools, yarns, vocabulary, projects, and types of weaving and equipment that will help you choose a direction that is just right for you. You learn how to calculate and measure yarn quantities needed, and how to wind your warp using a warping board. This workshop serves as a prerequisite to the Beginning 4 Harness Weaving DVD.
Beginning 4 Harness Weaving is 86 minutes. (Note: If you have not woven before, ³Introduction to Weaving² is a prerequisite.) You begin by measuring the warp on a warping board and then you¹ll warp the loom from front to back. You will learn how to read a weaving draft (pattern), how to tie up the loom (direct tie-up), and how to weave a number of different weave structures from the pattern draft that is provided. You will explore plain weave, basket weave, rib weave with one and two colors, several twill combinations and the basics of doubleweave.
This pair is an excellent class for the individual, especially when used with the Learning to Weave book offered above. $19.95 each, or $38.50 when purchased together.
|HANDWEAVERS PATTERN DIRECTORY by Anne Dixon|
A comprehensive introduction to the tools, equipment, fibers, and yarns used with four-shaft looms, this reference features patterns for 600 different weaves, including twill, zigzag, diamond, herringbone, and block. Color photographs and large-scale drawings allow weavers to closely examine the details, and the compact size and lay-flat binding is convenient for keeping near the loom. A handbook that is essential for all four-shaft weavers, this manual includes weaving basics, specialized projects organized by degree of difficulty, finishing techniques, resources, and a glossary of terms. $34.95
|HANDWEAVERS PATTERN BOOK by Marguerite P. Davison|
The core of any weaver's library would be incomplete without this book. It contains patterns for 4-harness weaves such as Summer & Winter, Crackle, Swedish Lace, Overshot, Huck, M's & O's, and Twill. The draft, tie-up and treadling are given for each pattern and its variations, with a photograph of a swatch for each pattern described. All told, there are 345 treadling directions, well-illustrated with photographs of over 1200 swatches. $38.
|CARD WEAVING by Candace Crockett|
The author presents a complete discussion of card weaving, including its history, the materials needed, the techniques followed, pattern drafting and designing, finishing, and special approaches. Over 250 diagrams and photographs, many in color. Card weaving can be done on an inkle loom with the use of the cards. Set of 50 heavy cardboard weaving cards (approximately 3-1/2" square) are available as an option with the book, and are shown in the larger image.
Card Weaving, 24.95; or, buy Card Weaving, complete with a set of weaving cards, $36.95
|WEAVERS IDEA BOOK for Rigid Heddle Looms by Jane Patrick|
The Weaver's Idea Book presents a wide variety of patterns for the simple rigid-heddle loom, accompanied by harness drafts for multishaft looms. With traditional patterns from around the world, bands, and fabrics woven on two double heddles, The Weaver's Idea Book brings together a variety of ways to create exquisite cloth. Weaving tips and tricks help weavers at all levels achieve their textile dreams. Project ideas guide the reader through creating functional woven projects, from wearables to home decor. Celebrating the immense potential for creativity possible with the simplest of tools, The Weaver's Idea Book opens new avenues for exploration on both the rigid-heddle and multishaft looms. $29.95
|WEAVING ON A RIGID HEDDLE LOOM DVD by Jane Patrick|
The rigid heddle loom is remarkably versatile and easy to use. It¹s great for beginners, but equally great for seasoned weavers who can explore its endless potential while never getting bored. If you¹re accustomed to thinking of the rigid heddle loom as a ³placemat² loom, be prepared. In this 2-disc set, you¹ll see how to use it for all kinds of fabrics‹from sturdy little rugs to sheer shawls, from simple plain weaves to complex finger manipulations to doubleweave and beyond. Learn how to warp your loom in a matter of minutes, master simple finger manipulations and pick-up sticks, use two heddles for fine fabrics and even double cloth, and more.vYou¹ll find simple explanations of dozens of techniques as you are guided through a sampler project.
Weaving on a rigid heddle loom dvd, $34.95
|TAPESTRY WEAVING by Kirsten Glasbrook|
The definitive tapestry weaving instructional book - the clear how-to instructions give you confidence to interpret the techniques into your own preferred designs. Basic methods are demonstrated through large, color photographs. All the tapestries in this book were woven on simple, rectangular frames. From abstracts to geometrics to circles, to simple landscapes and more detailed imagery. This book is a wealth of knowledge on the subject of tapestry weaving. Softcover. $21.95.
A BOOK OF LOOMS; HISTORY OF THE HANDLOOM by Eric Broudy
This book presents a comprehensive history of handlooms and gives clear descriptions of how they work. Chapters are organized according to the chronological evolution of weaving equipment, from early horizontal ground looms and warp-weighted looms to backstrap and other primitive looms to the Chinese drawloom, the European drawloom, the Jacquard loom, and finally, to modern looms for handweavers, such as jack and countermarch looms. $27.95
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