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5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive, but worth every penny, 14 July 2012
This review is from: You Can Weave!: Projects for Young Weavers (Hardcover)
The first thing to note is that this book is actually aimed at teachers, using weaving in the classroom with children. However, if you don't mind transposing the phrasing as necessary, this is actually a VERY good guide for anyone interested in learning the basics of weaving (adult or child), covering progressive ways of learning different techniques, and what can be achieved using different (simple) looms. There are lots of step-by-step photos (a mix of colour and b/w) alongside clear written instructions; and pictures of completed weavings by both amateurs, artists and from different cultures are included to show what can be achieved. Beginning with paper-weaving, the next step is straw (/stick) weaving, followed by weaving on a cardboard loom - including instructions to weave a small bag.

The essentials of tapestry weaving are covered, and further detail is covered in the next chapter, Frame Looms. From the simplest frame loom, use of string and rigid heddles is introduced. Backstrap weaving, beadweaving, basket weaving and kumihimo braiding follow. Considering such a broad area is covered, the instructions and background information are VERY comprehensive. In addition, projects are included to demonstrate each technique, as well as instructions to construct your own frame loom, rigid heddle, bead loom and kumihimo board.

Being a guide for lesson planning this is perhaps not the prettiest introduction to weaving you might come across, but it is possibly the best book currently available in terms of good, practical instruction for so many different techniques. A good book for children learning to weave independently is 'Kids Weaving' by Sarah Swett, which complements this one with some good projects to practice the different techniques, and some additional techniques. But as a reference to frame-loom weaving, 'You Can Weave!' is the best you could buy.
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