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Tapestry Weaving [Paperback]

Kirsten Glasbrook
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June 1 2002
Kirsten Glasbrook's beautiful designs, with their brilliant color ranges and evocative images, are combined with easy-to-follow instructions and detailed step-by-step photographs to create this inspiring guide. The tapestries the author makes are strong and durable and they look wonderful on walls - adding both color and a feeling of warmth and comfort. Miniature designs are worked using very fine yarns, or they can be worked on a huge scale with thick bundles of mixed fibres. The basic techniques are similar and all you need is a frame or a very simple loom. This book contains everything you need to know about the materials you need to get started, how to start and how to create wonderful patterns, landscapes and images. The author uses her stunning work to illustrate the techniques and a series of projects teach how to build up confidence and skills. This colorful, exciting book offers a rich source of stimulating and innovative ideas that will appeal to all abilities.

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Kirsten Glasbrook trained as a weaver in Denmark where she was born. After moving to London in the 1960's she spent time restoring antique tapestries. She taught part time at the Bath Academy of Art for many years, and now lives and works in Devon, running workshops and classes for adults and children. Her commissions have included work for the Forestry Commission and numerous private collectors in the UK and other countries. Using mainly wool, linen and cotton, she designs and weaves tapestries, often with a mythological, mystical or meditative theme. The weaving techniques are simple and traditional and the brilliant color ranges, and diversity of texture in the different yarns, are a constant challenge and excitement.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Review Feb. 21 2013
By Meg4C
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I found this book to be very well written and informative. The directions were clear and concise and helped me to develop better technique. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend or anyone interested in learning tapestry.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast Oct. 23 2003
By Cloud
Format:Paperback
K. Glassbrook's small book on Tapestry weaving is a visual feast illustrating all the most useful techniques in wonderfully detailed photos. I would recommend this as an introductory book for aspiring weavers as everything about the text is crystal clear. I believe this book could even be used to teach children how to weave. It does not have all the technical detail of Nancy Harvey's book but it is an inspiring place for a beginner to start. Like Harvey she succeeds in making tapestry weaving accessible to everyone as she includes instructions for making a basic frame loom. Her teaching sampler is very attractive and fun to weave. My favorite part is the gallery of Ms. Glassbrook's tapestries including detail photographs. Her use of color is amazing and much more contemporary than what I've seen in other tapestry books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant How-to Book! Dec 9 2010
By JL
Format:Paperback
Kirsten Glasbrook's tapestries are unbelievable art-forms! You can see samples of them on the internet if you aren't familiar with them already at [...]. She does an amazing job with this book, explaining how to do her tapestries in a way that even a non-weaver can understand. You can use a small tapestry loom to get started, either make one yourself or even buy a student loom ... This book is perfect for a non-weaver, but a weaver would love it also. The photos in the book are better than the ones on her website. I highlighly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visual feast Oct. 23 2003
By Cloud - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
K. Glassbrook's small book on Tapestry weaving is a visual feast illustrating all the most useful techniques in wonderfully detailed photos. I would recommend this as an introductory book for aspiring weavers as everything about the text is crystal clear. I believe this book could even be used to teach children how to weave. It does not have all the technical detail of Nancy Harvey's book but it is an inspiring place for a beginner to start. Like Harvey she succeeds in making tapestry weaving accessible to everyone as she includes instructions for making a basic frame loom. Her teaching sampler is very attractive and fun to weave. My favorite part is the gallery of Ms. Glassbrook's tapestries including detail photographs. Her use of color is amazing and much more contemporary than what I've seen in other tapestry books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars novice having fun! April 15 2007
By D. M. Taibi - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought a Mirrix loom to use for bead weaving, but wanted to try my hand at tapestry as well. The beading went great, tapestry was a disaster. I looked at many books on weaving, but this one got me there. It's definitely for beginners and is written with that in mind. The color pictures and text are wonderful, showing and explaining each step in clear detail. I've come to learn enough about the basic techniques and terms that I'm actually starting to do some experimenting. The author truly understood what it is like to want to learn this art when you know nothing about it other than it somehow involves string and yarn. I would highly recommend this book for people wanting to try tapestry weaving and for those who may want to teach it to children.
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb intro to tapestry weaving Jan. 14 2008
By Randall Crist - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a fairly substantial library of books on weaving and textiles, and this is easily the best introduction I have encountered to tapestry weaving. The instructions are clear; techniques for a variety of special weaves for the beginner are introduced and easy to follow. The introductory pieces are reasonable for a beginner to complete-the tapestries are coarser weaves to lend themselves to teaching, while being attractive and fun to make. The photographs are excellent, and the samples of her work serve to inspire the reader to try bigger and more difficult projects. The author is an excellent designer and colorist, so much can be learned from her completed work. Highly recommended to anyone interested in understanding tapestry weaving or aching to give it a try.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You'll be weaving in no time May 10 2008
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I highly recommend this book, especially if you like to learn by doing. This is a workbook oriented book. Within the first few pages, you will make a simple frame loom (if you do not already have a tapestry loom), find a few easy to find materials, and you begin making your weave along sampler. Instead of having to digest a few chapters before getting hands on, you are hands on almost immediately. But the author does not skimp on illustrations, photos, or detailed instructions. After the sampler, you will move on to more progressively detailed products that you will be proud to display, rather than stuff in a drawer or box of "first attempts". After the sampler, the projects include:
A gorgeous sun sampler that you will want to hang on your wall. This sampler goes back over what you learned in the first introductory sampler, but adds additional detail and is a little more technical, and the result is a fresh update on those somber toned tapestries of the 1970's. Next, a peruvian inspired bird tapestry with bead and feather trim; a cat and fishes tapestry; a simple beach landscape; the tree tapestry that is also the cover illustration; instructions for warp and weft variations; using bright color and shades of grey; instructions for weaving from the side; suggestions for using what you've learned to design your own tapestries; an owl sampler; a colorful sleeping dog sofa cushion; equally colorful sleeping cat and bird sofa cushions; finishing, framing and mounting techniques, and as if you haven't already had enough eye candy as you've been working along with the author, a gallery of even more inspiring work. By the time you have finished working through this book, you will be past the beginning weaver stage and into intermediate designing and weaving. Ms. Glasbrook has packed a lot of information into the 96 pages of this book. This book is not every thing you will need/want to know about tapestry weaving, but this book gives you a very solid foundation.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars almost there Aug. 10 2006
By c'est moi - Published on Amazon.com
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Trying to learn tapestry weaving on one's own (never having done any weaving before) is nigh impossible. But of all the books I've used, this is the most thorough, easiest to follow, and has the clearest step-by-step illustrations. That's not to say it's perfect; like all the others, it uses undefined terms here & there.
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