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Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding [Paperback]

Alta R. Turner
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Jan. 1 1989
Learn the ancient art of flat braiding (a method that predates the loom) and make beautiful woven sashes, belts, collars, neckties, and headbands. Fully diagrammed and illustrated, these directions show how to create original, expertly woven creations. Includes historical information on the techniques and designs used.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Starter Book May 16 2008
Format:Paperback
The directions are easy to understand with numerous photos (though some are black and white). Only reason for not giving 5 stars is there is no example for incorporating beads into a design, which I really want to learn. Amazon.com has more reviews of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommended for students of Native American handicrafts. Feb. 3 2000
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Finger weaving (also called Indian braiding) dates back centuries. All that is needed to weave these intricate, beautiful designs is a short dowel, some vividly colored yearn, and your fingers. Alta Turner draws upon her years of experience as a teacher of finger weaving to introduce the reader to the basic techniques and patterns of the North American Plains and Woodlands Indians, including the diagonal, chevron, double chevron, diamond, double diamond, lightning, double lightning and arrow-head designs. Following these, she demonstrates several striking Peruvian designs (including the Peruvian rep braids and Peruvian cross rep braids). The informative text is enhanced with diagrams and illustrated directions enabling the reader to create woven sashes, belts, collars, neck-ties, headbands, and bands for trimming or lengthening clothes. Finger Weaving: Indian Braiding is an inexpensive but invaluable 48 page booklet that will prove of high interest to students of Native American culture, costumers, and needlecrafters.
51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Depth Sept. 1 2005
By Kenneth Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The book is highly in-depth and covers a wide range of cultures and techniques.

Due to the nature of the subject matter, I doubt that many people would be interested in this book. However, this book hold great historic value as since the art of finger weaving is dying out in cultures all across America.

As a Cherokee, I want to have authentic regalia for pow wows and when I go into schools. My own people have forgotten much of how to do this sort of weaving. But, thanks to the book, I can re-create items like my ancestors once did.

My only bit of advice is that I would like the author/publisher to do an expanded version of the book for more examples...or maybe a DVD or online accompanyment to the book so that you can actually see people weaving. Sometimes, no matter how great the book is, nothing beats seeing it done.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book for a Beginner March 14 2008
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I purchased this book back in the summer when I wanted to get the basics of fingerweaving. The author explained the steps in great detail that even I could follow them and was successful at making my first handwoven sash. It does, however, require a lot of patience (and peace and quiet) to work on such an intricate project. Start off slowly with the diagonal and chevron patterns (the easiest) before tackling the others. All in all, I recommend this book.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars informative little book Aug. 22 2006
By L. Norris - Published on Amazon.com
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This book provides easy to follow written and photographic instructions. Provides instructions for a variety of finger weaving designs. Also provides tips for color arrangement and others to help your project look the way it's supposed to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finger Weaving Text Aug. 18 2008
By Steven J. Ruedy - Published on Amazon.com
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When I decided to try my hand at learning how to finger weave; this was the only book I could find on the subject. Using this book I became fairly proficient at this skill. It has numerous illustrations of various finger weaving patterns and pictures of museum quality examples done by others. The book is in-expensive and I have used it successfully as a text for finger weaving classes that I have taught. Besides making headbands for my boonie-hats my intent was to teach this skill to other Boy Scouts so they could incorporate finger weaving products in their dance and ceremonial regalia. It's a great book for the beginning student. It also something that is easy to do on long airplane trips!
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