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Creative Weaving: Beautiful Fabrics with a Simple Loom Paperback – Jan 1 2008

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Lark Books (Jan. 1 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600590985
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600590986
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 23 x 1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #621,623 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Elisabeth Kendrick and Sarah Anderson are experienced weavers and together are authorities on all aspects of weaving. They often give talks about weaving and their first book, Simply Woven, was published in 1981. Location:UK. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa590de28) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
75 of 75 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f09888) out of 5 stars Let Your Imagination Fly and Bust Your Stash! Nov. 11 2007
By Caroline M. Alexander - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f098dc) out of 5 stars A great book all around Jan. 8 2008
By ANC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f09d14) 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
HASH(0xa3f09cfc) 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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa3f0d0d8) out of 5 stars Just the Facts, Ma'am Oct. 15 2011
By Dezzy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Creative weaving is a weaving book I especially like. It's for beginner weavers and shows various weaves by color and yarn type. What struck me as prominent about this book is it shows, in closeup detail-photos, the actual lineup of yarns used, categorized by warp, then weft. This feature takes the mystery out of how to achieve a certain look in a fabric. I have poured over many weaving books and left mystified about how to achieve the look I desired-in a weave-specifically, regarding the type of yarn I needed to use, in the illustrated project. For the beginner weaver-like me-this feature provides real help. Weaving fabric is not just about weaving, but about the type of yarns used, and how to line them up on the loom, as well.

In Creative Weaving, there's 30 projects; all are beautiful, eye-appealing designs. There's full page photos on every page with text thereupon. Creative Weaving is not a hardcore weaving book or "weave-opedia" on looming, but a must-have addition to the new weaver's library, on how to tie effects and weaves and colors via an "infomat" of instruction.

Creative Weaving is categorized by;
1. weaving technique
2. color scheme of finished item
3. individual detail photo of weft, then warp yarns used
4. weave effect desired

This reference book starts with a primer on looms, to include: washing the fabric, warp yarns, warp calculations, winding the warp, counting the threads, setting up the loom, tying to the back/front stick, winding on the back roller, and making the header. Also this section includes: how to achieve arching in the weft, creating an even selvedge, interlocking threads at the selvedge, joining a new weft thread, mending a broken warp, weaving with unspun fibers, three examples of embellishments, and Ghiordes (Turkish) Knots.

Types of weaving
A. rigid heddle loom weaving
B. card loom weaving
C. peg loom weaving

Creative Weaving is divided into sections by color primarily. At each section there are three-four swatch examples. Within each respective section are two pages of instruction for materials/techniques needed to re-create each swatch. The instructions include;
a. equipment needed
b. reed gauge dpi
c. warp gauge
d. weft gauge
e. threading
f. weave type and other clarifications for looming
g. special features: on the loom, how to weave, and, the resulting characteristics of the fabric.

Included is a "Gallery of Weaving," a glossary, a list of international suppliers, and an index.