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Magic of handweaving

 

Wool rugs with a contemporary flair
Barbara A. Fisher & Janet A. Fitzgerald.
Atglen, PA : Schiffer Publishing Ltd., c2010.
Get ready to braid a wool rug with an expert, Barbara Fisher. The supplies needed include normal tools a sewer has around the house. Then follow her step-by-step braiding instructions to learn the process and two techniques for making large or small rugs of any shape or color. Patterns are provided for a variety of styles. Once you have mastered the techniques, you can choose your project. A quick one you can complete in a few hours is a pair of Ruggies*TM slippers, made like a tiny wool rug! Try it. Be creative with a practical and colorful gift or a large and warm accent for any room.
     
Doubleweave
Jennifer Moore.
Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, c2010.
Doubleweave is the art of weaving two layers of cloth at the same time, one above the other on the loom, creating beautiful cloth that is reversible yet unique on each side. Using pick-up techniques and clever color mixing, patterns emerge that are different but complementary on each side.The Weaver's Studio: Doubleweavebegins with a brief history of doubleweave and how it has evolved into the contemporary weaving pieces seen today. Next, you will learn all the basics of doubleweave techniques, as well as tips and tricks of setting up the warp, and a variety of doubleweave specialty techniques all shown through detailed process photography and a wealth of swatches demonstrating different effects. Specialty techniques are shown for 4-shaft and 8-shaft looms. The weaving effects covered include lace, tubular weave, pick-up, color mixing, and more. And since doubleweave showcases color and pattern in unique ways, you will learn how to use these to great effect in your cloth designs. Throughout the book, you will find a wealth of inspiration with many examples of finished cloth and projects, from wall hangings and table runners to scarves and pillows.
     
Spinning, dyeing, & weaving : self-sufficiency
Penny Walsh.
New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2010.
Whether it s moving to the country and starting over on a whim or just making city- living a little simpler and easier, the Green movement is changing the way we live our day- to-day lives. Skyhorse's Self-Sufficiency handbooks are meant to help offering advice on what to do, how to do it better, and how to save money as well. This is a beautifully illustrated series made even more beautiful, because its goal is to help everyone live in a more earth-friendly fashion. Weaving your own textiles is a rewarding activity with the added benefit of knowing that the entire process can be done by hand, with little outside energy. This handbook looks at where different fibers come from, how to grow and harvest them, and how to prepare them for spinning. The principles of spinning are also included, as well as information on how to dye your fibers with natural dyestuff. Also included are numerous simple projects for decorating your home.
     
Woven treasures : one-of-a-kind bags with folk weaving techniques
Sara Lamb.
Loveland, Colo. : Interweave Press, 2009.
With weaving enjoying a resurgence in popularity among crafters and cottage industries worldwide, this guide enables novice weavers to explore basic folk techniques and styles to produce beautiful and evocative handcrafted works of art. From creative conception to completion, aspiring fiber artists are given accessible yet in-depth instructions on hand-manipulating weaving techniques, such as soumak, twining, cut pile, cardweaving, inkle weaving, and plain weave. Containing six easy-to-follow weaving tutorials and projects for eight exquisite hand-woven bags,nbsp;this manual encourages personal,nbsp;creative distinctionsnbsp;and promotesnbsp;understanding and appreciationnbsp;ofnbsp;the color and textural components of traditional folk weaving style. Designednbsp;to instill a sense ofnbsp;creativity and accomplishment through the learned techniques and finished product, this delightful guide is certain to become an essential reference for those starting out in thenbsp;rewarding and inspirationalnbsp;field of fiber arts.
     
The big book of weaving
Laila Lundell and Elisabeth Windesjo.
London : Collins & Brown, 2008.
Crafters looking for a new challenge are turning in their droves to the most talked-about new trend: weaving. Boutiques up and down the country now offer weaving supplies and miniature looms to everyday crafters, and this lavish primer contains all you need to become a weaving wizard.Ideal for the weaving novice, the book begins with an accessible introduction to operating a loom and the process of starting on a practice weave - from transferring the warp to the loom, through sleying, to making bobbins of weft. The stunning projects section features a variety of designs that are bound to inspire. A fine-checked handtowel will jazz up any kitchen, and an elegant pair of summer curtains make the perfect bedroom adornment. Every project is contemporary in design and colour and practical for every room in the home - from a twill rag rug to a long striped placemat. Charts, diagrams and easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions are guaranteed to make the weaving process a breeze.Packed with comprehensive technical information and 40 stylish projects, this is a beautiful compendium that beginner and expert weavers alike will turn to time and time again.
     

The history of weaving takes us back at least 26,000 years. The basic principles that were developed at this time are still in use today.  Weaving is the process of making cloth by crossing two sets of threads over and under each other. Weavers use several types of weaves including the plain weave, tabby weave, twill weave, or satin weave.

Looms are used for weaving. They can be small and portable, and of any shape including triangular. Many looms are still made of wood. However, in the late 1800’s, automated metal looms were invented.

Weavers around the world weave a variety of home textiles, including blankets, clothing, tablecloths, and rugs.

  • Tapestry weaving is one of the oldest of all art forms. It dates back to Egypt, India, Greece, and Persia. Tapestries have been used for adding warmth to castle walls.
  • Bead weaving is a very decorative art. Beads used range from glass, clay, semiprecious stones, and gems, to seashells, seeds, teeth, pearls, gold, silver, and even tortoise shells. As used in South Africa, beads can be culturally important.
  • Traditional Kente cloth weavers in parts of West Africa have been weavers for generations. These weavers create a “talking cloth” that uses symbolic pictures in their weavings to teach their culture and history. Colors used represent specific meanings.

Weaving process

The loom holds a set of threads under tension (called a warp.) It is crossed at a right angle with another set (called a weft.). The shuttle carries the weft across, and is sent through a shed.

Until 1856, when Sir Henry Perkins discovered aniline dyes, natural dyes were the only methods used to color fibers.  Today yarn is still often dyed by hand with natural dyes. Weaving is an exciting art that can be learned quickly. 

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff