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The Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom

The Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom [Kindle Edition]

Jane Patrick
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As a guide for beginners and practiced weavers Jane Patrick's book is inspirational. Although specifically aimed at the rigid heddle loom, the 200 pages hold a wealth of information on weave structures and patterns that can be used on many looms. The spiral bound, textbook-style layout is good, with clear section separation, and the chapters take you up a hierarchy of difficulty. I felt comfortable with plain, finger-controlled and pick up weaves, then I marvelled in awe at sections on warp and weft-faced frabrics and working with two heddles. There is a nod to garment and item construction in the guise of a few set pieces, but the book's real strength is in opening a treasure chest of weaving possibility to new or relatively inexperienced weavers. Each section provides a soft kaleidoscope of samples which I have already been tempted to replicate. The book will doubtless remain a good source book to refer to for new creative ideas and inspiration. However, the book might give the absolute beginner a puzzle at times, as it is not always clear and sometimes repetitive. Generally though, the book was a joy to read and is unlikely to gather dust on my bookshelf.-Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers

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New and experienced weavers alike are always on the lookout for new weave-structure patterns. The Weaver's Idea Book presents a wide variety of patterns for the simple rigid-heddle loom, accompanied by harness drafts for multishaft looms. The techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric. Each chapter contains weaving patterns along with swatches illustrating the techniques, accompanied by step-by-step photography.

The book is arranged by structure or type of weave, from variations on plain weave to doubleweave. With traditional patterns from around the world, bands, and fabrics woven on two double heddles, The Weaver's Idea Book brings together a variety of ways to create exquisite cloth. Weaving tips and tricks help weavers at all levels achieve their textile dreams. In addition to pattern drafts, Jane offers project ideas that guide the reader through creating functional woven projects, from wearables to home decor.

Weaving, especially on rigid-heddle looms, is enjoying a resurgence, and contemporary weavers are in need of a book to bridge the divide between basic books and complex text designed for advanced weavers with sophisticated tools. Celebrating the immense potential for creativity possible with the simplest of tools, The Weaver's Idea Book eBook opens new avenues for exploration on both the rigid-heddle and multishaft looms.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 14421 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Spi edition (1 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40Q0K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #238,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the weaver's idea book 17 Oct 2010
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This book is jam packed with images and clear simple instructions on how to achieve what appear to be complicated patterns and designs.
As a beginner I thought I would be overwhelmed by the complexity of all these amazing patterns. However on inspection of this book and the detail offered in teaching how to re create these patterns, I was able to see how each is achieved with patience and focus. The steps are clear and the instructions coupled with images and patterns. The author is generous in her sharing of ideas and imagination. This book illustrates how diverse the achievements can be on a Rigid Heddle Loom. I recommend this to book wholeheartedly. A wonderful book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a gem! 24 Mar 2011
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If you are just starting out with rigid-heddle weaving, or if you have been weaving for a while and are looking for more creative ideas, this is the book for you. I've looked at quite a few books on rigid-heddle weaving and got more than frustrated with authors' assumptions that I already knew things that I didn't. Jane Patrick makes everything seem do-able. Written in plain language with plenty of colour photos and clear instructions I almost jumped for joy when I first paged through it. I had bought Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving by Betty Linn Davenport when I first started weaving. This is a priceless book to have if you are just learning how to weave. Combined with Jane Patrick's book, The Weaver's Idea Book, you really have all you need to get started and to progress in your weaving. This is really a brilliant book and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful weaving!!! 19 Nov 2010
This is a brilliant easy to read and doable book! you can follow the instructions given and end up with a usable length of fabric in whatever pattern you chose to try.This will at last enable me to get the most out of my 32" Ashford Rigid Heddle loom above and beyond plain weave, I can use the whole of this book , not just the couple of pages mentioning the existence of such a thing as a simple loom.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas 24 Jan 2011
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As someone new to rigid heddle weaving I found the book inspiring. It shows the beginner and the more advanced that so much can be achieved on a simple loom. The photo's are very good and the instruction clear and concise.
All in all a book worth having.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does exactly what the title suggests. 24 Mar 2012
By Jocasta
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This book does exactly what the title suggests - provides plenty of ideas for creativity using a rigid heddle loom. Better still, there are clear instuctions (with plenty of pictures) on how to achieve each technique. As a complete weaving novice I've found this book invaluable. And to top it all, the book is spiral bound so it lies open at the page you want. This could well be the best 'how to' creative book I've ever read, and I've read a lot!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you can only buy one book, buy this one! 17 Mar 2011
This is a super book. Packed with great projects - I was drooling over some of the ideas. Although written for the rigid heddle loom the projects are easily transferred to a four-shaft floor loom - which is what I shall be doing as soon as I finish the current project!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weavers Idea Book 4 Mar 2011
Great book, written very well with informative instruction for the beginner and expert alike. I find this book to be a great source of inspiration and advice when needed. As an experienced weaver both on the rigid heddle loom and on a floor loom this book was still a very useful addition to my library.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christmas present for my daughter the weaver! 19 Dec 2012
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I love the spiral binder, making it easy to use. Lovely illustrations - I'm sure my daughter will love it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good. Highly recommended.
Published 20 days ago by K G C
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent. This book is in good condition as described and arrived in the time stated.
Published 21 days ago by Christopher Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars A mine of information
I've spent hours reading this book and was astonished at the variety of patterns and textures that can be achieved on a rigid heddle loom. Read more
Published 2 months ago by valerie emmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Passport to success
This book has transformed the use of the rigid heddle loom for many people who need a recipe book to get started. Read more
Published 2 months ago by elisabeth kendrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is an excellent book, well worth the money. As a newcomer to weaving and having purchased a rigid heddle loom, it gave good explanation of how to get started and easy projects... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Valerie Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth waiting for....
I had to wait a while for this to arrive because I didn't receive notification from the Post Office that they had tried to deliver it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by P. Barrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Idea Book, Creative Cloth on a Rigid-Heddle Loom
An inspiring book, cant wait to start on using its ideas. Many thanks to the author and all who inspired her to write it. Just what I needed.
Published 5 months ago by christina garland
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic ideas and how-to do it!
I really like this book. I last did any weaving at school more decades ago than I care to remember, but what a wealth of help and imaginative ideas there are to be had here. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. E. Trevithick
5.0 out of 5 stars Newcomer to expert
I only recently purchased my Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom and thanks to this idea book it is never idle, I am always looking forward to trying the next pattern and the basic tips are... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Medea
5.0 out of 5 stars great resource
This book gives great ideas on expanding the range of the rigid heddle loom. The spiral-bound format is very convenient
Published 8 months ago by JED
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