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Weaving Books

A Handweaver's Pattern Book - $69.00
Marguarite Davison. The core of any weaver's library would be incomplete without this book. It contains patterns for 4-harness weaves such as Summer & Winter, Crackle, Swedish Lace, Overshot, Huck, M's & O's, and Twill. The draft, tie-up and treadling are given for each pattern and its variations, with a photograph of a swatch for each pattern described. All told, there are 345 treadling directions, well-illustrated with photographs of over 1200 swatches. This is a valuable reference book. 215pp. Pb.

A Weavers Book of 8 Shaft Patterns - $73.00
Carol Strickler. Variations on twills, complex overshot, crackle, lace and huck, double weave and shadow weave all abound in this satisfying collection of complete weaving drafts in the style of the classic 4-harness collection of Marguerite Davison. For those moments to study something new are diversified plain weaves, extended twills, unit weaves, piquet multiple tabby, and more. When you know basically what you want, this well-laid-out book will show you several options toward your weaving goal. This complete manual is a road map. 240pp, Pb.

A Weaver's Garden - $26.00
Rita Buchanan. Valuable hints from a veteran botanist and weaver on dyeing fibers and fabrics, what soap plants to use for cleaning textiles, advice on fragrant plants to scent and protect fabrics, plant materials to use as tools, suggestions for planning and creating a garden featuring cotton, flax, indigo, and much more. Includes an abundance of illustrations. 240pp. Pb.

The Ashford Book of Projects For the Eight Shaft Loom - $13.00
Elsa Krogh. This book contains a variety of techniques from twill variations in the Scandinavian tradition to multi shaft summer-&-winter and modern backed weaves. The new owner of an eight shaft loom and the experienced weaver will both find inspiration and challenges in this collection of place-mats, towels, shawls, wall hangings and suit material. 40pp. Pb.

The Ashford Book of Rigid Heddle Weaving - $26.00
Rowena Hart. The revised edition of this book includes new techniques such as brooks bouquet, huck weaving, bronson lace and weaving with the second heddle kit. The author, an international weaving teacher, shows you how to create exciting, beautiful garments and crafts - all on the simple two harness loom. You are guided step-by-step through the many techniques, using color and texture. This loom is simple to use, light and compact. It will produce fabrics and tapestries to delight you - whether you are a novice or experienced weaver. 100pp. Pb.

The Ashford Book of Weaving For Knitters - $26.00
Rowena Hart. Twenty-five fantastic scarf projects using fancy yarns and the Knitters Loom. Scarf projects are divided into five chapters: Fast & Funky, Stripes & Squares, Let the Yarns do the Talking, Exotic & Luxurious, and Faux Ikat. Although Weaving for Knitters appeals to the growing market of hand knitters who love to use the funky and unusual yarn available today, weavers will find innovative ideas too. 64pp. Pb.

The Ashford Book of Weaving Patterns From Four to Eight Shafts - $30.00
Elsa Krogh. Danish weaver, spinner and author, Elsa Krogh has brought together her favourite weaving patterns using four, six and eight shafts. Elsa has woven beautiful and exciting shawls, scarves, cushions, towels, table runners, placemats and fabric material, She uses a variety of techniques from twill to summer and winter and modern backed weaves and there are projects for all levels of weaving experience. Many of the patterns are sourced from archival material from local museums. Elsa brings a wonderful sense of continuity to her craft as well as elegant Scandinavian style. 92pp. Pb.

Ashford Booklet: Learn to Weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom - $6.00
Ashford Learn to Weave & Spin booklets are easy to follow, providing full colour step-by-step instructions.

Ashford Booklet: Learn to Weave on the Table Loom - $6.00
With full, step-by-step instructions and colour photographs our latest addition to the “Learn to” series will show you how to quickly and easily prepare a warp, dress and thread your loom. These booklets are easy to follow, providing full colour step-by-step instructions.

The Best of Weavers II: Thick & Thin - $53.00
Madelyn van der Hoogt. This is the second book in the Best of Weaver's series. It contains a dazzling collection of serenipitous surprises that have come as answers to the weaver's favorite question "what if". 107pp, Pb.

The Big Book of Weaving - $60.00
Laila Lundell & Elisabeth Windesjo. The fascinating subject of handweaving is fully explored in this reference, which covers basic subjects such as warping a loom and making bobbins of weft, as well as more elaborate, highly decorative projects. Patterns are arranged by varying levels of difficulty and design so beginners and experienced weavers alike will discover new insights and concepts. Among the 40 step-by-step projects included in this volume are designs for baby blankets, shawls, table cloths, and linen hand towels. 269pp. Pb.

Clothing From the Hands That Weave - $70.00
Anita Luvera Mayer. This is a remarkable book that traces the history of weaving and fashion from the beginning of time through the modern era. Part memoir, part weaving instruction, part historical textbook, it will educate and inspire you. Detailed descriptions and analyses of ancient clothing styles and construction techniques are combined with wildly creative and exciting ideas for updating and adapting them. From simple loom-shaped rectangles to a stunning, entirely hand-woven wardrobe, this book has got it all. Filled to the brim with notes, tips, patterns, and more, Clothing from the Hands that Weave is truly one-of-a-kind among weaving books. 170pp. Pb.

Collapse Weave - $59.00
Anne Field. Collapse cloth, when removed from the loom and washed, takes on an entirely different appearance as the threads draw up and create puckers. This is the subject of this book. Combinations of various weaving techniques are presented alongside photos and diagrams, providing clear instructions for sewing scarves, wraps, tops, and harem-style pants made from this fluid and unusual cloth. Additional chapters describe in detail how to warp the loom and add special effects such as double weave, supplementary warps, spaced cloth, overshot, and deflected double weave. Tips for those who want to spin their own yarn for collapse projects are also included. 150pp. Pb.

Color and Texture in Weaving - $25.00
Margo Selby. Learn to mix color and yarn types to create textiles that are rich with color and texture as well as refreshing and modern. Using either a simple four or eight-shaft loom you can discover how to mix color and yarn types to maximize visual effects in your weaving. If you're new to the loom, you'll find complete instructions on how to get your loom set up with illustrated diagrams and beginner-friendly lifting patterns. And if you've already mastered the basic skills, you'll find Color and Texture in Weaving to be a dependable weaving resource with complex techniques and a wealth of inspiring patterns. There are hundreds of weaving patterns within for you to enjoy; each is illustrated with swatches of finished textiles, setup diagrams, lifting patterns, and fabric samples shown in large, full-color photos to highlight the detail. 144pp. Pb.

The Handweaver's Pattern Directory - $64.00
Anne Dixon. Over 600 weaves for 4-shaft looms. A comprehensive introduction to the tools, equipment, fibers, and yarns used with four-shaft looms, this reference features patterns for 600 different weaves, including twill, zigzag, diamond, herringbone, and block. Color photographs and large-scale drawings allow weavers to closely examine the details, and the compact size and lay-flat binding is convenient for keeping near the loom. A handbook that is essential for all four-shaft weavers, this manual includes weaving basics, specialized projects organized by degree of difficulty, finishing techniques, resources, and a glossary of terms. 256pp. SB.

The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Tartan - $17.00
Iain Zaczek & Charles Phillips. This visual guide provides a detailed insight into the origins and history of tartan, and a comprehensive and informative directory of all the major tartans, both ancient and modern. 256pp. Pb.

Learn To Weave With Anne Field: A Project-Based Approach to Weaving Basics - $55.00
Anne Field. Internationally acclaimed master-weaver Anne Field has been teaching and demonstrating basic and advanced weaving techniques for over 25 years. While most beginner books describe the different weaving techniques and then give examples of how they can be used, Anne has found that people learn best when they can start making things right away. So her latest book takes a project-based approach, where beginners learn the techniques through actually doing a weaving project. Each project is described in detail, with photographs showing the finished work, as well as the various steps in getting there. The book focuses on shaft looms only, with most projects woven on four-shaft looms and one or two eight-shaft projects. Table looms are also covered. Chapters one and two look at choosing your loom and how to set it up and then it is straight into the projects, which include table runners, table mats, wraps, scarfs, creating fabric for a vest and jacket, cushions, wall hangings and rugs. As well as the more traditional yarns of wool and cotton, Anne also uses the latest yarns, such as Tencel and bamboo, and discusses the use of computers in weaving. 208pp. Pb.

Learning To Weave - $49.00
Deborah Chandler. Since its first printing in the mid 80's this book has become the standard text both for teachers and self-taught weavers. The author covers all the basics. Then basic weave structures, block theory, drawdowns, choosing yarns, buying a loom, troubleshooting, finishing, and more. This revised edition adds an important chapter on warping back-to-front and updated resource lists. 232pp, PB.

More Than Four - $36.00
Elizabeth Laughlin. If you'd like to take the time to understand multiple-harness weaving, this book will be a gentle introduction. It is written for the experienced weaver, but does not assume knowledge of multiple-harness weaving. The author understands theory and practice well and has organized her book and her thinking so that she could present it easily and well. This is a reading book illustrated with just a few photographs but many diagrams. Pb.

Navaho Weaving: Its Technic and History - $28.00
Charles Avery Amsden. First in-depth study of the technical aspects of Navaho weaving, plus history of the loom and its prototypes in the prehistoric Southwest, analysis and description of weaves, dyes, and more. Over 230 illustrations, including more than 100 excellent photographs of authentically dated blankets. Indispensable resource for collectors, weavers, ethnologists, more. 432pp. Pb.

Simple Woven Garments - $39.00
Sara Goldenberg & Jane Patrick. Fun and wearable weaving patterns! This is both a pattern book and an idea book for creating simple woven shapes and turning them into everyday, highly wearable fashions. Readers will enjoy classic woven styles and nods to today's style trends in a collection of 20 woven garments (and 4 variations) for the weaver. This guide will help weavers create fabric that works for the intended garment, is easy to weave, and is above all beautiful. Authors Sara Goldenberg and Jane Patrick explore techniques such as yarn usage, spaced warps, felting, pick-up weaving patterns, finger-control weaving techniques, and embellishments. Weavers will enjoy creating garments including wraps and tops, ranging from easy shawls with a twist to woven sweaters. Woven squares, rectangles, and strips are assembled into easy-sew garments with minimal finishing. 152pp. Pb.

The Xenakis Technique: For the Construction of Four Harness Textiles - $15.00
David Athanasios Xenakis. Here's a challenging book for the advanced weaver. I bet you're surprised at that since this book is about rigid heddle weaving. The author, however, shows you that there is essentially no technique you can do on a 4-harness loom that you cannot do on a rigid heddle loom. If you like that sort of challenge, this book is for you. Pb.

Twill And Tabby Weaving On The Warp-Weighted Loom - $69.00
Antoinette Merete Olsen. This book tells you all you need to know about how to weave twill and tabby weaves on the warp-weighted loo. You will also learn about the Tegle find, the Lendbreen tunic, and how the Sami people wove their Grene rugs. 142pp. Hb.

Weave*Knit*Wear: Simply Fabulous Clothing and Accessories for Rigid-Heddle (and Other) Weavers - $47.00
Judith Shangold. This book dispels the myth that you need expensive equipment, a large space, or special threads to weave. The directions for all 30 projects, from the narrowest boa to a 55" wide serape, are tailored to the most basic equipment — the 20" wide rigid-heddle loom — making it affordable, portable, and intimate. Judith Shangold's designs turn what might seem to be the limitations of this loom into a strength. She pairs simple shapes that reflect the ease of current fashion, and require little cutting and sewing, with the long tradition of ethnic garments created from strips of handwoven fabric. The book offers guidance on the basics of weaving and the minimal hand sewing and knitting techniques used, as well as primers on choosing yarns, designing warps, planning garments, finishing the fabric. 160pp. Pb.

Weaver's Book of Scottish Tartan (Shuttlecraft Monograph 5) - $19.00
Harriet Tidball. This little book is a handy reference for any tartan weaver. Over 160 tartan profiles are given, plus thread counts for many more. The author begins with a brief history of the tartan and how it is interwoven with the history of Scotland. Then she describes and illustrates the basic tartan patterns. It is a very useful text. The only difficulty weavers may encounter is adjusting to her unique system of notation for the tartan setts. She does not use the typical "pivot point" to illustrate the sett. However, her profile system is helpful in visualizing the full pattern. 46pp. Pb.

Weaving Made Easy: Rigid Heddle Loom - $34.00
Liz Gibson. This easy and accessible guide to weaving uses the simple rigid-heddle loom to create fabrics that are a perfect blend of fun and functionality. The rigid-heddle loom is small, portable, and affordable, making it the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to learn how to weave. 17 quick and easy weaving projects show how to make fabrics that are soft and drapey, sturdy and practical, or just plain fun and funky. Projects include woven scarves and belts, pillows, napkins, and hand-woven rugs. Complete, updated instructions for warping a loom, clear step-by-step photos and abundant tips, tricks, and techniques for color, design, and embellishment are included. 127pp. Pb.

The Weaving of a Dream - $17.00
Marilee Heyer. When the beautiful tapestry woven by a poor woman is stolen by fairies, her three sons go on a magical journey to retrieve it. Their mother will die if they do not get it back in time. This is a wonderful retelling of an old Chinese tale, and the illustrations are spectacular. An excellent book. Pb.

Weaving Rag Rugs - $49.00
Tom Knisely. Every weaver weaves a rag rug -- or two, or three. In this book, well-known weaver and teacher Tom Knisely shares his knowledge and expertise in this collection of favorite rag rug patterns. It includes color planning and design advice for rag rugs; step-by-step instructions on warping and weaving for your rag rug; and more than 30 rag rug projects, from simple to advanced. 144pp. Pb.

Woven Scarves: For the Rigid Heddle Loom - $34.00
Jane Patrick & Stephanie Flynn Skolov. Once you’ve learned the basics of weaving, what’s next? Scarves are a great way for new weavers to practice and explore weaving techniques, and Woven Scarves offers a collection of 28 scarves and variations that will range in complexity from rank to advanced beginner. Most importantly, all the scarves in this book are worked using knitting yarns. Thus projects work up quickly, are made from readily available yarns, and open the door to knitters (among others) who may be interested in weaving, but up to now have hesitated due to perceived cost, perceived difficulty, and availability of materials. the authors introduce new weavers to a broad sampling of weaving techniques, exploring various ways of creating cloth on a rigid heddle loom. Weavers of all skill levels learn in highly approachable ways how to create lovely scarves that are creative, classic, and fun to make and wear. Using various weave structures, color, yarn combinations, and techniques such as felting and embellishment, the authors take weavers through the basics to their own jumping off point for personal exploration and creation. This book is arranged by areas of exploration. Each chapter begins with an explanation of a particular technique: plain weave; using yarn to its best advantage; various weave structures; altering the surface of woven fabric. Examples, ideas, and tips are given, followed by scarves with complete instructions that demonstrate the techniques. Throughout the book the authors provide project variations that show what happens when other yarns or colors are used with the same technique. This book is primarily for new weavers and will use the rigid heddle loom exclusively (though drafts will be provided where appropriate to further expand the reach of this book to shaft-loom weavers). While this is not a learn-how-to-weave book, basic warping info will be provided, as well as a glossary of weaving terms. The color palette is a muted, botanical-inspired one often favored by weavers. 160pp. Pb.

Woven To Wear: 17 Thoughtful Designs - $29.00
Marilyn Murphy. Handwoven wearables are hot! More than just patterns - discover 17 designs and plenty of ideas for unique fabric and garments you'll want to wear again and again. Author Marilyn Murphy and several contributors at the forefront of handwoven wearables offer guidance for weaving scarves, wraps, shawls, capelets, and other garments, along with advice for finishing, cutting and sewing the fabric, adding edgings and closures, and combining woven fabrics with other techniques such as knitting and patchwork. The Woven to Wear designs are influenced by a global melting pot of traditional folkloric costume and ethnic fabric mixes in which silhouettes are roomy, layered, and flowing, and the cloth takes center stage. 144pp. Pb.

Tablet and Inkle Weaving

A Tablet Weaver's Pattern Book - $65.00
Mullarkey, Holtzer, Hoffman, Treumann & White. This is a book containing a collection of threaded-in tablet weaving patterns. This is not a How-To book. On each page is a draft, and a graphic of how the band will look when woven. All of the drafts have one or more graphics of variations that can also be woven by changing the turning sequence or threading of the cards. The book begins with patterns with just a few cards and continues to patterns with more than 50 cards. The book includes more than 200 patterns to explore and weave with some full page photos of actual woven bands. 87pp. Pb.

Applesies and Fox Noses - Finnish Tabletwoven Bands - $60.00
Maikki Karisto & Mervi Pasanen. Tablet weaving is an ancient craft. Archaeological finds reveal us it was widely practiced also in Iron Age Finland. This book will teach you how to tablet weave bands using the techniques typical of the era: reversing twining direction on a diagonal, aka Finnish diagonals, and the tubular selvage and half turns – two specialities only known in Finland. The book contains instructions and pattern diagrams for 30 different bands with ancient, universal motifs, used all over the world from the dawn of times. Some of the patterns are based on grave finds; some are designed inspired by the motifs and imagery of the Iron Age. The two authors are enthusiastic tablet weavers who joined their passion and joy of weaving into making this book. Maikki Karisto is a versatile craftswoman who has previously published the first seminal work on tablet weaving in Finland. Mervi Pasanen is a journalist who has studied old crafts inspired by her interest in the Middle Ages. 96pp. Pb.

Ashford Booklet: Learn to Weave on the Inkle Loom - $6.00
Ashford Learn to Weave & Spin booklets are easy to follow, providing full colour step-by-step instructions.

Card Weaving - $43.00
Candace Crockett. Originally published in 1973, this new edition contains more illustrations and more of them in color. The author here presents a complete discussion of card weaving, including its history, the materials needed, the techniques followed, pattern drafting and designing, finishing, and special approaches. Over 250 diagrams and photographs, many in color. Pb.

Double Faced Tablet Weaving: 50 Designs - $54.00
Linda Hendrickson. Complete instructions for making a continuous warp and for the double-faced weave, large graphs with a helpful tablet count field, front and back of all designs shown full-size, tips for avoiding and correcting mistakes and for graphing your own designs. Designs are from the crafts of many different cultures and times, and a reference for the source of inspiration is listed for each design. Most designs need 48 tablets, and some need 56 tablets. Examples of inspiration include a fanciful monkey from a Nazca shirt (Peru), interlaced designs from Bushongo cut pile raffia cloth (Zaire), Hmong reverse applique (Laos), Medieval embroidery (Finland), Bedouin tent hangings (Jordan), and Pueblo pottery (USA). 120pp. Sb.

Great SCOT! A Beginner's Guide to Ply Split Braids in Single Course Oblique Twining Booklet - $15.00
Linda Hendrickson. SCOT is a technique in which one cord is pulled through many to create textured and colored ridges as well as angles and curves. This booklet begins with instructions for making the tightly-twisted 4-ply cords needed for ply-split braiding. Includes procedures for making cords with a drill and a single hook, and with 4-hook twisters, and has suggestions for decorative cords. Step-by-step directions for making a variety of shaped braids and star ornaments. 28pp. Pb.

Tablet Weaving For Parents and Children Booklet - $10.00
Linda Hendrickson. An easy and inexpensive way for anyone to get started with tablet weaving. Complete instructions for making a continuous warp, how to flip and rotate the tablets for geometric designs in warp twining, step-by-step directions for weaving a flat band and a seamless tube. Ideas for weaving a friendship bracelet, shoelaces, and bookmarks. 16pp. Pb.

Techniques of Tablet Weaving - $69.00
Peter Collingswood. This magnificent book is available again, re-typeset and rearranged. No other English writer has been able to so clearly and thoroughly explore a difficult technique. With photos of historic pieces, many diagrams, and clear text, the author delves deeply into areas such as double-face twill patterning, plain/twined weaves, brocades and patterned velvet. Many b & w photos and illustrations. 320pp. Pb.

Traditional Finnish Decorative Bands - $42.00
Theodor Schvindt. This book was first published in 1903, and is the most comprehensive work published on the subject, offering a wide selection of headbands, belts, garters and ornamental bands used in 19th century Finland. The book includes 139 band designs reproduced in color and a short introduction on traditional work methods used for making them. 32pp. Pb.

The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory - $49.00
Anne Dixon. Inkle weaving is a simple technique that offers ample opportunity for experimentation by beginners and experienced weaver’s. This book provides 400 patterns and includes: an overview of inkle weaving’s history and traditions; instructions for loom set-up and simple techniques; charts provided throughout the entire guide. Inkles can be used for a variety of projects ranging from belts and braces to trims and neckpieces. They can be stitched together to make bags, mobile-phone purses, cushion-covers, table-mats, and much more. 176pp. SB.

Weaving With Small Appliances Book II - Tablet Weaving - $62.00
Luther Hooper. The art of tablet weaving is pre-historic, and has been practised generally all over the world throughout history. Many kinds of beautiful braids and narrow webs are still woven by this simple method in remote places where the primitive traditional arts and crafts still survive. The authors interest in this subject was further stimulated by seeing a tapestry in the V&A Museum in 1921 of which the central figure, the Virgin Mary, is depicted weaving an elaborate lace on a tablet loom. After much studing of the technique and the capacity of the little appliance the author presents the outcome of the experiments clearly in this books pages. This book was originally published in 1923. 82pp. Pb.