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Magical Materials to Weave [Hardcover]

Lotte Dalgaard
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23 Mar 2012
Inside you'll find valuable insight on how to handle innovative yarns, including suitable weaves, ideas for finishing, advice for experimenting, and explanations of yarn effects and how they are created. In addition you'll find instructions for six gorgeous projects to wear. For weavers who want to learn innovative techniques that blend traditional and high-tech yarns on multi-shaft looms into unique material, this book from highly respected weaver Lotte Dalgaard is the ultimate resources. Dalgaard worked for more than 10 years developing inventive hand-loomed fabric with attractive pleats, folds, frills, and crinkles, working closely with fashion designer Ann Schmidt who took Dalgaard's pioneering fabrics and shaped them into garments - without cutting. The results are fascinating and set a whole new style of hand-woven fashion. Loom-formed textiles are exciting because the cloth becomes the protagonist, not simply a backdrop for the pattern-cutting design skills. Dalgaard now shares her secrets in this straightforward guidebook that includes a helpful list of yarn suppliers, a shrinkage chart, and dozens of illustrative photographs and diagrams, so all weavers can share in the pleasure and play with magical materials.

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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square; Reprint edition (23 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570765286
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570765285
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 21.6 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 335,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"If you're looking for a way to add some flair to your projects and push your weaving to the next level, this book is a must for your collection; it is a how-to weaving guide and a wealth of inspiration for creating original projects. The pictures alone will inspire any weaver to head straight for the loom." --"Hand Woven" (September 2012) This is a very welcome English edition of the Danish version, beautifully translated by Ann Richards. Although a slim book (Lotte Dalgaard was limited to 80 pages by the publisher) she ingeniously manages to make it a treasure trove that overflows with information, inspiration, minute detail and advice. It is generously illustrated throughout with colourful photographs which show experimental samples, tips, clear explanations of methods along with her exquisite woven garments. The book is aimed at weavers who are interested in working with the growing number of 'magical materials' now available. Lotte's enthusiasm and practical experience draws you through section after section introducing 'active' and 'stable' yarns; describing crepe, metal, elastic, easily fulled and shrinking yarns and suggesting ways of working with them. Further inspirational sections follow giving practical instructions for working with 'active' yarns, suggesting suitable weave structures and advice on finishing. Experimentation by weaving samples is encouraged. The book is rounded off with charts on shrinkage, yarns and suppliers (Unfortunately the address for Handweavers Studio has not been updated, it is now located at 140 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7NS), a glossary and further reading. As if this was not enough there are six innovative projects included to get you going. This book will be invaluable for anyone interested in 'collapse weave' and Lotte's generosity in sharing the results of her research and experimentation give a wonderful head start for our own exploration. As the introduction says "her curiosity, enthusiasm and perseverance shine out from every page".-Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers

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Lotte Dalgaard is a skilled hand-weaver from Denmark who creates one-of-a-kind fabrics that are transformed in to unique high-end garments by Danish fashion designer Ann Schmidt. She is a member of the Yarn Purchasing Association.

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5.0 out of 5 stars seeking inspiration? 11 Feb 2014
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Lots of inspiration to aspire to for new weavers and challenging projects for the more experienced weavers a joy to. explore.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 25 Mar 2014
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but you'll be able to get more from it if you have access to the fancy yarns she uses.You can join the yarn coop, but the prices are steep.
Although there are some good tips the book is project oriented so if you are interested in projects this one's for you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars informative 4 Feb 2013
By Darryl - Published on Amazon.com
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My wife found it very informative and liked it. The photography was very well done. This is a quality book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting material 20 Mar 2013
By weave - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book for a reference but ended up giving it to a friend who needed some information on fiber. She said that she has enjoyed the book very much.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Hardly magical . . . except in the way it helps $20 Disappear 18 Aug 2013
By C. Cohen - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who has been weaving for the past two years, on a rigid heddle loom, I decided to buy this book to take my weaving "up a notch" and add some unusual elements. The description talked about blending traditional and innovative yarns which sounded intriguing. Well . . . maybe I expected too much. First of all, the designs in this book aren't likely to work on a rigid heddle loom, you would need a larger 4 or 8 shaft loom. That was my fault in not noticing that before buying. But it is a very small book (only 78 pages) and I assumed that it would have a few specific projects and patterns of how to make the designs pictured, one of which on the lower left of the back cover, really made me want to try to make. Well, low and behold, while there are specifics as to how to make the weave of the cloth (again, useful if you have a 4 or 8 shaft loom), the book does NOT show how to make the garment itself, no pattern or specific instructions whatsoever.

Therefore, unless you are a weaver looking more for ideas and beautiful photos to inspire you only, and unless you are capable and figuring out how to make a garment merely by looking at beautifully photographed projects, then you will be hard-pressed to get a useful guidebook on how to create lovely garments such as those pictured. I was very disappointed and wished I'd just checked it out of the library. A two minute flip through the pages would have been enough inspiration and then I could have returned it to the library for free. As it is, I will probably be passing this along to those weavers I know and it will probably eventually be donated to the library to save someone else from wasting their $$$$.
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