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Learning To Weave
Learning To Weave
by Deborah Chandler
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.58

5.0 out of 5 stars A weaving masterclass, 30 Jun 2014
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I did some very basic loom weaving as a child (over fifty years ago) and have just succumbed to temptation and bought a small four-shaft loom. This book provides a really helpful guide to everything new weavers (and the more experienced) need to know. In addition to step-by-step guides as to how to warp from back to front and from front to back, there are suggested threading sequences to enable different sizes of yarn to be threaded through a reed and advice on equipment and yarn choice.

For the more experienced there are sections on twills, lace weaves, honeycomb, overshot, double-weave and getting to grips with reading drafts and block patterns

Deborah Chandler's book is a mine of very useful information presented in a very clear and concise way. I shall be returning to it on a regular basis.


Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid-Heddle Loom
Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid-Heddle Loom
by Jane Patrick
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £16.58

5.0 out of 5 stars A mine of information, 18 Jun 2014
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. A mine of information, and full of ideas to get the creative juices flowing. I'm sure I'll be returning to it time and time again.


Woven Scarves: 26 inspired designs for the Rigid Heddle Loom
Woven Scarves: 26 inspired designs for the Rigid Heddle Loom
by Patrick Patrick
Edition: Paperback
Price: £15.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great little ideas book, 18 Jun 2014
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As a weaving newbie (last used a loom when aged about 8) I find this a great book, with a good range of designs which are achievable for someone just getting started in weaving and using a rigid heddle loom. It should get the creative juices going and lead on to more adventurous things. Scarves are great when you're starting - you can create something wearable in a relatively short space of time, but you still get the practice needed to achieve good selvedges etc. Love the felting and texture examples. Have woven my first, very basic scarf, and am now ready to go with my second.


The Women of the Wars of the Roses: Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort & Elizabeth of York
The Women of the Wars of the Roses: Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort & Elizabeth of York
Price: £1.15

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 26 May 2014
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I agree with a previous reviewer, who felt that this book is repetitive - endlessly so, with the same conclusions and phrases repeated in the various chapters. It is written in a curious question-and-answer style. Unfortunately, having asked a question, the author then answers it from a very biased viewpoint, as if stating a fact, before going on to admit that there are other answers than hers, often followed with a 'we'll never know' conclusion. All very unsatisfactory.
There is interesting material about the day-to-day lives of each of the three women discussed, but one always gets the feeling that it is second hand, and there is too much supposition about relationships.
I would much rather have had one well-written narrative about each of the three women, including the information about them in a more cohesive manner, than the very disjointed method the author has chosen.
Sorry, but I didn't like this at all.


Behold The Marshal
Behold The Marshal
Price: £1.24

3.0 out of 5 stars A good read, let down by lack of proof reading, 26 May 2014
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William Marshal is a fascinating, larger-than-life, character and the author's approach, telling the story through the eyes of one of Marshal's servants, is excellent. However, although Hamilton clearly knows his stuff, his writing is awkward and clumsy - not at all what one would expect from the poet narrator in the story. This becomes extremely irritating when married, as it is, with a truly appalling lack of proof reading. Words are mis-spelt, in some cases changing the meaning, words are omitted, and sometimes extra words are inserted. It is a great pity, as this book could have been excellent.

Surely it is time that those transcribing books into electronic form took their responsibilities seriously, and produced properly edited and proof-read material. If I bought this in a bookshop, that would no doubt be the case. Isn't it time buyers of ebooks were given the same courtesy. After all, we pay for these books and have a right to expect good quality and something that is a pleasure to read . I suspect that many, like me, are having second thoughts about ebooks, and will return to the printed world, where publishers treat their readers with respect.


Richard III: Return of the King
Richard III: Return of the King
Price: £1.98

2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best of Richard III reads, 21 Feb 2014
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This book sets out the main points in the debate about Richard III's character and deeds. However, the author's awful grammar and very bad writing got in the way of what she was trying to do, which was to set out the pros and cons in a neutral fashion, and I quickly I grew tired of the repeated 'we'll never know'. I was left with the feeling that I couldn't trust the scholarship of Patricia Collins and this will definitely go to the bottom of my Richard III reading list.


Bob: No Ordinary Cat
Bob: No Ordinary Cat
by James Bowen
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.15

5.0 out of 5 stars great introduction to life for children, 27 Jan 2014
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I bought this when looking for an interesting, non-fiction read for my 9-year-old granddaughter. She's quite an advanced reader for her age and had been told by her teacher to read something other than fantasy books. However, she was very reluctant, always saying that she'd tried and found them boring. This, however, has done the trick. She was captivated from the first page, and now looks forward to bedtime so she can read further. My two chapters with her, were followed by two more chapters on her own, under the covers, before she went to sleep.

Can't recommend this highly enough as so many children's books are fantasy and non-fiction. Now, one little girl realises than real life can be just as funny, sad and inspiring as anything that's in the imagination. And she's been introduced to the idea that people on the streets are not all 'bad and smelly' and that there are all sorts of reasons for them being there. She is also now aware of what drugs can do, and other adult topics useful to the pre-teen.

Well done, and many thanks, James Bowen!


How to Knit (Art Ideas) (Usborne Art Ideas)
How to Knit (Art Ideas) (Usborne Art Ideas)
by Fiona Watt
Edition: Spiral-bound
Price: £10.39

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab knits for beginners, 14 Jan 2014
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I bought this for my 9-year-old granddaughter for Christmas. I had taught her the basic of garter stitch, and she has knitted a couple of strips. When opening the book she exclaimed, 'Oh, you can knit hats and bags!" (As if she hasn't seen me knitting all sorts of things. However, this has really fired her enthusiasm to get going on more interesting, but still simple projects. I would highly recommend this for children.


100 Lace Flowers to Crochet: A Beautiful Collection of Decorative Floral and Leaf Patterns for Thread Crochet
100 Lace Flowers to Crochet: A Beautiful Collection of Decorative Floral and Leaf Patterns for Thread Crochet
by Caitlin Sainio
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.79

5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous embellishments, 14 Jan 2014
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This is a gorgeous book, full to the brim with lovely patterns for crocheted embellishments. The photos and the instructions are very clear and there's something for beginners and advanced crocheters alike. I love it, and so did my daughter-in-law, so I bought her a copy too.


Stitch and Structure: Design and Technique in two and three-dimensional textiles
Stitch and Structure: Design and Technique in two and three-dimensional textiles
by Jean Draper
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treasure trove of ideas, 14 Jan 2014
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This is a very clearly written, beautifully illustrated book which will inspire anyone interested in creating textured textiles, for whatever use. Full of ideas, I will return to it time and time again for inspiration.


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