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Mastering Weave Structures: Transforming Ideas into Great Cloth [Hardcover]

Sharon Alderman
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April 1 2004
This exploration into the structure of various weaves provides an understanding of how each weave works, guiding weavers to design and weave their own beautiful fabrics. The underlying principles that govern a particular kind of structure are explained, as are modifying the basic draft and choosing fibers and yarns. Comprehensive and detailed, the book covers plain weave, twills, satin, waffle weaves, distortions of the grid, three-element weaves, loom-controlled double weave, Bedford cords and piques, loom-controlled pile weaves, and crepe weaves.

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“It will appeal to weavers wanting to increase their knowledge of textiles, structures, and cloth function.” -- Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot

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Sharon Alderman lectures, acts as a juror, and leads workshops for guilds, art centers, colleges, and at national conferences in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Her writing and work have appeared in Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Textile Artist's Newsletter, Weavers, and Handwoven magazine. She is the author of Handwoven, Tailormade and A Handweaver’s Notebook. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I have been weaving for about 2 years and found this book to be very helpful. It answers many technical questions I've had about various weave structures. The author discusses the structure, provides simple examples that then become building blocks for more complicated examples. She then provides beautiful examples of her work along with the structure explanations. The explanations are advanced in a logical order easy to follow and she often provides information on why certain fibers are good choices for a particular structure and what happens when less desirable fibers are chosen. This book is well thought out and very logically presented. In my view, this is a great book that will provide useful information to even the most advanced weaver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource July 3 2014
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Great resource for any four or more shaft loom weaver, with very helpful photographs of actual woven cloth by many of the drafts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great technical resource for your weaving library June 27 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I have been weaving for about 2 years and found this book to be very helpful. It answers many technical questions I've had about various weave structures. The author discusses the structure, provides simple examples that then become building blocks for more complicated examples. She then provides beautiful examples of her work along with the structure explanations. The explanations are advanced in a logical order easy to follow and she often provides information on why certain fibers are good choices for a particular structure and what happens when less desirable fibers are chosen. This book is well thought out and very logically presented. In my view, this is a great book that will provide useful information to even the most advanced weaver.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book, essential for really understanding weaves Aug. 16 2007
By Oxoned - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I was very impressed by this book. I just picked it up a few days ago, and already have a much better understanding of what in a weave structure makes stable cloth, what to expect from different weaves in terms of draping and breathe-ability, working with Z and S-spun yarns, and even a bit about what to expect from different fibers (although this is not the focus of the book.) The construction of this book is also excellent--it's a heavy, hardbound book with coated paper and clear, well-shot photography. I'm excited to have this in my weaving library and highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great for your reference library April 4 2007
By C. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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Alderman is one of those rare combinations of artist AND teacher. The photographs grab you first. The charts are clear. The explanations are detailed enough for beginners. The various weave structures are charted for 2-, 3-, 4- 6-, 8-, and more-harnesses, as each structure may allow. Those new to weaving might find the directions less intimidating if they read the first two chapters before skimming the later chapters; the explanations will make more sense. This is a good boost to your creativity as well as a source to better understand weave structures.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERING WEAVE STRUCTURES:TRANSFORMING IDEAS INTO GREAT CLOTH March 21 2006
By Anne S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The photographs are beatutiful. For a beginner weaver , this is an advanced book, but I am encouraged to

study this craft and master many of the fabrics in the book. I have passed the onfo on to my professor and she was impressed enough to requisition one for the fiber arts library.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Mastering Weave Structures" by Sharon Alderman Dec 3 2007
By Blue Ridge Runner - Published on Amazon.com
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As a weaver, this text is helping me understand both the "what" & "why" of such things as warping & designing, as well as the total weaving process.What were before a series of steps to be mechanically followed,as in warping, now make sense in a grand way. This text has allowed me to begin "taking control" of the overall weaving process. It is giveing me the confidence to venture beyond previous limits & repititions of "The Known". The knowledge within the covers of this book is converting "MYSTERIES" into "Aha! So THAT is how it's done!" This new KNOWLEDGE has opened the door to NEW ADVENTURES in weaving for me!
And finally,Amazon's bargain price & free shipping made my purcahase possible.
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