A Handbook of Weaves: 1875 Illustrations Paperback – Oct 5 2011
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What this means to a hand weaver in 2012 is that Oelsner is a idea book. There is a tremendous amount of technical information in this book, much of which is over my weaving head at this point in my skill set. A substantial subset of the information will always be beyond my four-shaft loom's grasp. Some of this book was written for textile designers who were not responsible for setting up their own looms.
Incidentally, the numbering of figures and diagrams can be difficult to follow; illustrations may be described several pages away from their location. With 1875 figures, this probably should not be a surprise.
Oelsner is the kind of book I'm happy to have on my shelf. I take it down every now and then and find I understand more than I did the last time. OTOH, I also recognize it's discussing even more aspects of weaving than I had even realized existed.
You won't learn to weave from A Handbook of Weaves, and if you're looking for handweaving pattern ideas, there are a number of more accessible books available. But if you have a bit of a book budget and you have room on your weaving bookshelf, Oelsner's well worth the inch it occupies. Wow. There's a lot to know in this field. Tie on a new warp and get on with it.
Indeed, it is way over my head. It not only doesn't show (as others have said) basic tie ups, etc, but some of the terminology is different than what I've seen in the "getting started" books.
However, having said that, I am going to keep this book, not only because I am a book-a-holic, but because I think when I get more experienced, it may prove to be, as another reviewer said, an "idea book" and will help me in future designs.