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Book - Weaving Made Easy
The Weaving Made Easy eBook is the beginning weavers' ultimate and convenient guide to making fun, simple, and functional weaving projects from start to finish. It features seventeen simple projects made on the rigid heddle loom, a small, portable, and affordable weaving loom.
Weaving Made Easy includes:
A step-by-step guide on getting started weaving; weaving vocab 101, tools and materials explained, the basics of warp and weft, and how to start weaving
Clear instructions for how to make various practical fabrics, from drapy to sturdy scarves and bags to belts, placemats, rugs, and more.Weaving Made Easy includes an abundance of tips and techniques for color, design, construction, and embellishment in weaving. With clear, concise step-by-step photographs and instructions, this is the ideal eBook for beginning weavers.
Book - The Spinner's Companion
This is a quick reference guide that both beginning and experienced spinners will use to look up common spinning terms, find out how to maintain their wheels, and learn how to process fiber and spin yarn. The fourth book in the bestselling Companion series (with over 100,000 copies in print), this handy spiral-bound offering is an authoritative tool that spinners will want to keep beside their wheel or with their handspindle at all times.
Book - Weaver's Companion
By Linda Ligon and Marylin Murphy
Save your brain for being creative. Let this small, sturdy, spiral-bound volume keep track of the details. It's all here: sett and sleying charts, formulas for calculating warp and weft, fiber identification tests, basic weave drafts, finishing techniques, fiber factoids, a must-have gray scale, design shortcuts, and much, much, more! You'll use it 40 times a day. This is the third book in Interweave's best-selling "Companion Series."
Book - Navajo Weaving Way
Navajo Weaving Way is a compilation of Noël Bennett's earlier books on Navajo rug-weaving traditions, Working with the Wool and Designing with the Wool, both now out of print. This book augments the information in Bennett's out-of-print works with all-new chapters on spinning, carding and dyeing techniques. Illustrations include photographs by John Running of native women carding, spinning, and weaving, along with line drawings depicting specific techniques.
Book - Time to Weave
One look at these gorgeous projects and your fingers will beg to learn a new craft! The beautiful, textural objects in the Time to Weave eBook and print book—now in a convenient bundle— include plaited paper baskets, woven lanterns, hearth rugs, sachets, cork table mats, and more offer an approachable and inspirational way to learn the fundamentals of non-loom weaving for the first time.
Drawing on ancient and traditional techniques, author Jane Patrick, past editor of Handwoven magazine, uses everyday materials like copper tape, plastic sheeting, shrink tubing, paper yarn, and granite tiles to create stunning contemporary objects for the home. Patrick focuses on embracing a sense of place and appreciation for the natural world in these 18 simple weaving projects, and encourages a choice of reconstructed, recycled, vintage, or natural materials.
Non-loom techniques in Time to Weave include braiding, stringing, knotting, frame loom weaving, straw weaving, weaving over a pillow form, and more. Projects range from a sticks-and-string coaster, canvas strip pillow, pocket purse, woven paper cards, "waves" window hanging, and more. Clear step-by-step instructions and photography are provided for each design, and each project features ideas and variations for further exploration.
Projects call for simple equipment and tools and materials that are easily available. Each project is introduced with a quote and short essay about the process of making the piece, the materials, or sometimes musings about the process of creation and how this fits in with daily living. Patrick encourages readers to weave with a purpose and enjoy the process of creation as much as the outcome. Also included are hints, resources, and suggestions for further reading.
Book - Start Spinning
The art of spinning is growing in popularity as knitters, new and experienced, want to make their own yarn. All it takes is some fluff, a spindle or wheel, and a little practice! Maggie Casey, co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins yarn shop in Boulder, Colorado, and veteran spinning teacher, takes complete novices to competent spinners in Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn.
Based on Maggie's time-tested Spinning 101 workshop, which she has taught for twenty-two years, readers will learn to spin the yarn of their dreams beginning with an introduction to the various types of fibers available, choosing and preparing (or buying) fiber with which to spin, and detailed instructions for both spinning on a spindle and spinning on a wheel, with extra detail on Wheel 101 complete with plenty of photos. Maggie also offers a special section on troubleshooting and wheel maintenance, plus tips and tricks for creating better yarns. Then she moves into plying, setting twist, using a niddy noddy, and woolen and worsted spinning. Maggie concludes with a chapter on uses for spun yarn, which covers wraps per inch, measuring yards for projects, and size of yarn.
Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn covers all the basics newbies need to spin their own fabulous yarn. Using yarn handspun to your own specifications is like tasting a delicious strawberry from your own garden; once spinners get comfortable creating new and wonderful yarns, anything is possible!
"Well, hallelujah! A wonderful, inspiring new introductory overview of spinning. This is a FANTASTIC book." - Deb Robson, former editor, Spin-Off magazine
"[An] excellent introduction to the craft... highly recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal
"The brilliant thing about this book are Maggie's hands. They are everywhere. On nearly every page is a close-up photo of Maggie demonstrating every aspect of spinning." - knitty.com
"This book is one of the best beginner books on spinning I have ever read... even the experienced spinner will learn quite a lot by reading it." - Spindle and Wheel online magazine
"This is the sort of instruction book I wish was available when I struggled to teach myself how to spin... the next best thing to taking private spinning lessons." - Monsters and Critics.com
"5 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking about learning to spin or who already has a spindle or wheel." - Knitting News
"An ideal choice for new spinners."-About.com Guide to Knitting
Book - Folk Shawls by Cheryl Oberle
Folk Shawls presents 25 knitted shawl patterns including the history and traditions behind them. Each shawl pattern is complete with instructions in words and charts.
Book - Folk Mittens by Marcia Lewendowski
Folk Mittens offers mitten patterns from around the world, presented in full-color graphs. An introduction to folk knitting is followed by a generous section on the techniques of knitting mittens. Among topics covered are gauge, wool selection (including techniques for washing and felting wool), casting on, plait edging, ribbed and unribbed cuffs, and a long section on the ever-elusive thumb. The author also provides techniques for hand-knit mitten cords, finishing and sizing.
Book - Folk Socks by Nancy Bush
Patterns for handsome knicker socks, sturdy boot socks, lively Birkenstock socks, lacy stockings, kilt hose, cabled socks, clocked socks, and more are the heart of this charming book inspired by a host of folk knitting traditions from Europe and the British Isles.
Book - Folk Hats by Vicki Square
Hats are magical. In the twinkling of an eye, a hat can transport us to another place or another state of mind. Folk Hats is the tour de force of knitted head gear:
Knitters of every skill level are sure to be intrigued by the versatile and imaginative designs in this eclectic collection.
The irresistible, fun photography, trustworthy step-by-step instructions, and clear illustrations will have readers rushing for their knitting needles to try one of the 32 projects:
Chilly? Try the seriously warm Russian-inspired Cossack or the toasty Irish Cables.
Silly? Check out the more light-hearted Yoruba Bird hat or Lapland's Four Winds.
You'll also find felted cowboy hats, smart pillboxes, historic derbies, sporty caps and sassy cloches, and darling baby bonnets from nearly every corner of the planet including Canada, Panama, Nigeria, Italy, China, and Japan.
Grab your knitting needles and join in on all the fun!
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