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Creative Weaving: Beautiful Fabrics with a Simple Loom [Paperback]

Sarah Howard , Elisabeth Kendrick
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Jan. 1 2008
The timeless craft of weaving is experiencing a resurgence of interest—and this colorful guide, featuring 30 spectacular fabric designs, shows just how easy it is to learn and how enjoyable it can be to do. Follow a thorough tutorial in the basics, complete with beautiful hand-drawn illustrations that lay out how to work with a table loom. Then try a variety of weaving styles, from traditional to playful, from subtle variations in color to bold experiments with form. Work with traditional fibers or play with unusual materials such as recycled fabrics, feathers, foil, and even plastic bags. A gallery showcases how 12 weaves can be transformed into functional objects, including throws, cushions, shawls, and scarves.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rigid Heddle Weaving March 4 2010
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I am taking weaving lessons, and I was intrigued when I saw this book as it describes making creative fabrics with a table loom. What the publisher failed to mention is that the loom is question is a rigid heddle loom which means that the fabrics are all woven with a plain weave. I have a 4 shaft table loom, so I anticipated having more flexibility in the patterns. In that sense, I was a little disappointed. On the other hand, the book does illustrate ways in which "alternative" fibre (from fantasy yarns to plastic bags) can be woven creatively. The book is beautifully photographed with excellent detail of the woven projects. If you have a rigid heddle loom, or just enjoy plain weave, and have an urge to explore weaving with unusual materials, you will likely find this book inspiring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book Jan. 30 2012
By Ricark
This book was everything it was advertised to be. Straightforward, with simple patterns that I could do with my own limited looms.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let Your Imagination Fly and Bust Your Stash! Nov. 11 2007
By Caroline M. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
At last, a book devoted to the rigid heddle or 2-shaft loom! This is not so much a "how-to" book about techniques as a "what if" and has suggestions rather than fabric recipes carved in stone. Each fabric illustrated takes advantage of a range of yarns, and shows how a simple plain weave can transform them into a unique work of art. The looms used are the rigid heddle loom, a cardboard loom and a stick loom, so you don't need any expensive equipment.
Yarns used in these examples range from fleece and pre-dyed tops through to the feathers or lashes style yarns and the latest in "feral" yarns, and the effect is stunning! For many of them you only need less than a full ball to create highlights and colour contrasts so it takes advantage of all the bits and pieces left over from other projects.
This is a book to dip into time and time again, and shows the possibilities that modern yarn styles open up to even the novice weaver. As the first part of the book shows how to warp up and weave on a loom, even a first timer can unleash their creativity, and a gallery section at the end shows examples of how the finished cloth can be used. It gives a fresh outlook to a traditional craft and brings it firmly into the 21st Century!
48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book all around Jan. 8 2008
By ANC - Published on Amazon.com
This is an amazing and unique rigid heddle (and small homemade loom) weaving book. It contains a vast amount of information about weaving and also a variety of drawn illustrations and pictures. It also contains many beautiful photographs to help explain how colors create mood in your weaving, a feature that sets it apart from other crafty books. This book is so comprehensive. It discusses yarn types, yarn sizes, yarn calculations, warping methods, plain weave, creative techniques and embellishments like ways to end your weaving project and using a pickup stick to create different textures in your weaving, projects that you can follow exactly or get ideas that you can expand on with your own creativity, explainations of yarn types (like cotton, wool, etc) or recycled materials (like bags, etc) and how they can help your weaving, and an extensive glossary of terms. Being brand new to rigid heddle weaving, this book walked me through the process of making simple projects to creating my own more complicated projects. It's a very exciting book to add to a weaving library!
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than the manual! Nov. 29 2007
By B. H. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was better than the manual that came with my loom for warping my Schacht Flip and Fold rigid heddle loom! The author has ties to Schacht which probably helped. It has some great ideas as well, but was worth its weight in gold for warping my loom which is more time consuming than the actual weaving...
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Jan. 13 2008
By Shana Banana - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was beautiful. The photos were great closeups of a variety of weaves done on a rigid heddle loom. Most weavers seem to think that a rigid heddle loom is too restrictive but the photos here prove different. Yarn and color can be great design tools. Enjoy.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely guide for rigid heddle weaving Jan. 5 2008
By Carol - Published on Amazon.com
Finally, a modern guide for the rigid heddle loom and weaving. This book is written in simple terms, has beautiful photos and a nice collection of projects.
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