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A Handbook of Weaves: 1875 Illustrations [Paperback]

G. H. Oelsner
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Book Description

Oct. 5 2011
Lucid text and 1,875 illustrations offer a thorough survey of the field, from simple draft and plain weaves to more complicated fancy weaves. Coverage includes irregular, double-stitched, and filling satins; basket and rib weaves; steep, undulating, broken, offset, corkscrew, interlocking, herringbone, and fancy twills; honeycomb and lace weaves; and hundreds more.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the inexperienced weaver May 4 2004
Format:Paperback
I was thoroughly disappointed in this book as it does not include basic draft information for the weave structures. Neither the "flap" information or descriptions of the book indicate that this is an advanced book and not a "how to" book of weave structures and drafts. Perhaps later on I will understand how to derive construction information from weave structure. When that happens this book may be useful. Until then it is of limited to no use since it does not include basic (threading, tie-up, treading) draft information for the journeyman or inexperienced weaver.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not for the inexperienced weaver May 4 2004
By C. Granger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was thoroughly disappointed in this book as it does not include basic draft information for the weave structures. Neither the "flap" information or descriptions of the book indicate that this is an advanced book and not a "how to" book of weave structures and drafts. Perhaps later on I will understand how to derive construction information from weave structure. When that happens this book may be useful. Until then it is of limited to no use since it does not include basic (threading, tie-up, treading) draft information for the journeyman or inexperienced weaver.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 1915 reference book, republished April 11 2012
By Karen Tiede - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
From the publishing information: This Dover edition, first published in 1952, is an unabridged and unaltered republication of the original edition published by the Macmillan Company in 1915.

What this means to a hand weaver in 2012 is that Oelsner is a idea book. There is a tremendous amount of technical information in this book, much of which is over my weaving head at this point in my skill set. A substantial subset of the information will always be beyond my four-shaft loom's grasp. Some of this book was written for textile designers who were not responsible for setting up their own looms.

Incidentally, the numbering of figures and diagrams can be difficult to follow; illustrations may be described several pages away from their location. With 1875 figures, this probably should not be a surprise.

Oelsner is the kind of book I'm happy to have on my shelf. I take it down every now and then and find I understand more than I did the last time. OTOH, I also recognize it's discussing even more aspects of weaving than I had even realized existed.

You won't learn to weave from A Handbook of Weaves, and if you're looking for handweaving pattern ideas, there are a number of more accessible books available. But if you have a bit of a book budget and you have room on your weaving bookshelf, Oelsner's well worth the inch it occupies. Wow. There's a lot to know in this field. Tie on a new warp and get on with it.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the library, but not for getting started July 1 2013
By T. A. Husarik - Published on Amazon.com
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I read the reviews before buying this book, so I expected it to be a little over my head (I am brand new to weaving and have bought several "getting started" books.)

Indeed, it is way over my head. It not only doesn't show (as others have said) basic tie ups, etc, but some of the terminology is different than what I've seen in the "getting started" books.

However, having said that, I am going to keep this book, not only because I am a book-a-holic, but because I think when I get more experienced, it may prove to be, as another reviewer said, an "idea book" and will help me in future designs.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best. This is my third copy in 20 years Aug. 19 2014
By Sheila - Published on Amazon.com
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The best. This is my third copy in 20 years. The other two are sitting here; dog-eared, lose pages, and spines covered with tape. It is absolutely my 'go to' book when needing either technical help or inspiration. Glad that it was still available.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Weaving handbook Sept. 1 2008
By Gerilyn Art - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I use this book as a reference when creating my own patterns. Would be good for experienced weavers.
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