46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2004
This is a visually stimulating book show-casing the author's vibrant use of colour and techniques. The instructions given for the techniques, based around producing a sampler, are simple and straight forward. The pictures to accompany the instructions are clear and easy to follow. The book itself makes interesting reading and there is a wonderful selection of the artist's own work - used to both stimulate ideas and illustrate techniques. More information could have been provided about sourcing resources and materials but the author herself has a web-site where information can be acquired. Overall an excellent book which should inspire beginners and experienced tapestry weavers -highly recommended inspiring stuff!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 13 July 2009
I met Kirsten Glasbrook a few years ago at Art In Action in Oxfordshire and was impressed by her work close up. It is quite magnificient. Her book is delightful and very clear and simple for the beginner to this wonderful artform. The gallery of her wonderfully contemporary and vibrantly colourful tapestries is most enjoyable. Thoroughly recommended.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2009
I had started weaving as a complementary craft to spinning in evening classes. This book gave me clear reminders about the set-up etc required when not in a class situation.It would therefore prove an informative book to start projects but at the same time allowing the reader to be creative
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2010
I found this book to be first class. Excellent easy instructions on techniques as a beginner. Excellent photographs. I went on a weeks weaving course in Italy with Lynne Curran but did not manage to remember all the techniques. This book helped me remember them, step by step and this book has been a constant reference for me. Brilliant. I highly recommend it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 18 November 2011
This has excellent clear instructions and pictures for all the main techniques which are demonstrated using a lovely sampler. It also has a large gallery of completed tapestries with descriptions for the more advanced weaver. It ensures the beginner can complete a full tapestry from start to finish and have a lovely product at the end. There is also a section on how to finish off for presentation purposes. All in all the best book on the market.
on 27 March 2013
I was at the Knitting & Stitching Show in Harrogate November 2012 and paid a visit to the tapestry weaving stall, where I asked about getting a book about it, and they recommended this one as a good starter.
After the introduction, the book is then divided into the following sections:
Materials, which covers:
Warp & weft, what they are
Frame or Loom: From simple to really complex ones, and to start you don't need much
Other weaving equipment: scissors, bobbins, tape measure, shed stick, paper, pencils, dowels, needles, etc etc.
Mounting and Framing Equipment: blockboard, glue, sandpaper, hammer, nails, paints, apron, gloves etc etc
Basic Techniques - covering:
Making your own simple frame, winding warps, preparing weft yarns,
Weaving the hem, knotting a soumak
Weaving horizontal stripes and spots
Pick and Pick, Hatching, Diagonal shapes and curves, vertical slits, shading
Distorted weft, outling shapes
Cutting the tapestry from the frame, other ways of finishing warp ends
Samplers: Sun sampler, Peruvian birds, Cat & fishes, Simple landscape, the Cover design.
Further Techniques covering:
Warp & weft variations,
Weaving from the side
Curved and irregular edes
Mounting and Framing
How to mount and frame your tapestry
Contains photos of some of the author's work to give you inspiration and a bit about them.
It's not a hugely thick book, with just 96 pages, but it's packed full of simple instructions and lots of diagrams and photos to get you started, going step by step along the way. I'm getting my husband to make me a frame as a birthday present, the instructions are that clear.
Overall an excellent beginner's book to get you started.
on 14 July 2012
Although Tapestry Weaving by Nancy Harvey is widely considered to be the essential text on the subject, I find Glasbrook's text far more accessible and practical, especially for a complete novice. As well as all the basics (warping, preparing weft, transferring a design, removing from frame, finishing etc), Glasbrook gives simple instructions combined with very clear step by step photos for all the simple techniques required to create your own complex patterns and tapestry pictures.
Using a very basic frame loom, the techniques are taught through a series of projects, all very striking and vividly coloured. But if the style doesn't appeal to you, or you just don't want to learn through replication, the book is presented in such a way that it is very easy to extract the lesson to be learned from each section, simply by reading the text and examining the close-up photos of finished pieces and works in progress. Each piece is introduced with an explanation of the inspiration for design, as well as any other thoughts or intentions behind the structure and/or composition.
An additional gallery of larger scale works is included, each using the techniques developed throughout the book, and with notes outlining inspiration and other relevant details. What I found interesting, though, is the number of small scale pieces, reproduced in full size photographs, that show the versatility and detail it is possible to achieve without investing in huge, costly looms. A basic frame loom really is all you need to create your own works of art.
The Nancy Harvey is perhaps more in-depth and goes into greater detail; however Glasbrook's book is by far the best introduction to tapestry weaving, both easier to read and follow, as well as (for me) more stimulating in a creative sense. When you first start out, it's the only reference you'll need.