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Tapestry Weaving: A Comprehensive Study Guide [Paperback]

Nancy Harvey
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Nov. 1 1991
Learn tapestry weaving from start to finish with this thorough guide. Hundreds of problem-solving tips are presented along with dozens of photos.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 'how to' tapestry weaving books Nov. 17 1999
Format:Paperback
Before buying this book, I checked a number of tapestry books out of the library. I found this book to be the only tapestry weaving book that gave clear instructions. I also appreciated the simple explanations given by Harvey for the reasons for performing certain techniques in certain ways thus helping the learner to think in the way of a tapestry artist/craftsperson. At least two other tapestry books left me feeling quite confused but I am very impressed with this book. It begins with equipment information followed by some easy exercises that one can use to build one's technical knowledge on, but the exercises, despite being studies, produce beautiful, 'to be proud of' samplers that anybody would be happy to have on display. Nancy Harvey takes one through a series of tapestry weaving lessons, from these very basic samplers to very beautiful and difficult tapestries. The colour photographs are quite lovely and some actually take the breath away and cause one to be amazed at the creativity of some of the members of the human race.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Comprehensive! Oct. 23 2003
By Cloud
Format:Paperback
I have read most of the tapestry-weaving books in print or in my local university library and this is the one I turn to when I have a question. Nancy Harvey does a fantastic job of teaching the art and method of tapestry weaving from construction of a basic frame loom, to cartoon design, to finishing techniques. The book has good B&W illustrations and photos of the lessons, although larger photos would have been helpful-more like the wonderful color close-ups in Kristen Glassbrook's tapestry book. There are several teaching designs included in the book that are a pleasure to weave. Harvey's lesson on how to weave a circle is priceless as I have not seen that technique so well covered in any other book. The color photos included in the gallery illustrate a wide variety of weaving styles and are inspiring. I would especially recommend this book for intermediate weavers who are ready to progress beyond the lessons in Kristen Glassbrook's excellent book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weavers perspective July 10 2001
Format:Paperback
I have explored many resouces for a good example of how to design and utilize a cartoon. Ms. Harvey gave wonderful examples and a variety of ways to use the cartoon from design to final product. It was most helpful for a Jack loom weaver.
Must have for the "designing" weaver.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best 'how to' tapestry weaving books Nov. 17 1999
By Gillian Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Before buying this book, I checked a number of tapestry books out of the library. I found this book to be the only tapestry weaving book that gave clear instructions. I also appreciated the simple explanations given by Harvey for the reasons for performing certain techniques in certain ways thus helping the learner to think in the way of a tapestry artist/craftsperson. At least two other tapestry books left me feeling quite confused but I am very impressed with this book. It begins with equipment information followed by some easy exercises that one can use to build one's technical knowledge on, but the exercises, despite being studies, produce beautiful, 'to be proud of' samplers that anybody would be happy to have on display. Nancy Harvey takes one through a series of tapestry weaving lessons, from these very basic samplers to very beautiful and difficult tapestries. The colour photographs are quite lovely and some actually take the breath away and cause one to be amazed at the creativity of some of the members of the human race.
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Comprehensive! Oct. 23 2003
By Cloud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have read most of the tapestry-weaving books in print or in my local university library and this is the one I turn to when I have a question. Nancy Harvey does a fantastic job of teaching the art and method of tapestry weaving from construction of a basic frame loom, to cartoon design, to finishing techniques. The book has good B&W illustrations and photos of the lessons, although larger photos would have been helpful-more like the wonderful color close-ups in Kristen Glassbrook's tapestry book. There are several teaching designs included in the book that are a pleasure to weave. Harvey's lesson on how to weave a circle is priceless as I have not seen that technique so well covered in any other book. The color photos included in the gallery illustrate a wide variety of weaving styles and are inspiring. I would especially recommend this book for intermediate weavers who are ready to progress beyond the lessons in Kristen Glassbrook's excellent book.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weavers perspective July 10 2001
By sharon hamilton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have explored many resouces for a good example of how to design and utilize a cartoon. Ms. Harvey gave wonderful examples and a variety of ways to use the cartoon from design to final product. It was most helpful for a Jack loom weaver.
Must have for the "designing" weaver.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What is Tapestry? Jan. 18 2009
By bernie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
"Tapestry is a handweaving technique that can be done on the simplest of looms. In fact you can begin with only a frame to hold the warp (the lengthwise threads) taut while you weave the weft (the crosswise threads). "

This book is written like a text book with simple explanation and projects that bet more complex towards the end. The illustrations are black and white hand drawings interspaced with monochrome and color stills.

I do not want to leave you with the impression that this is just a simple beginners' book as it has depth on the subject.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the Beginner Tapestry Weaver April 5 2007
By G. Meyers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
A very comprehensive and detailed guide, gives detailed drawings and clear explanation, to explain each element of tapestry weaving. With samples of each element, for the weaver to try, this study guide is a must for the beginning tapestry weaver.
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