Swatching makes it easy to try out your ideas risk-free and unleash your creativity in new and wonderful ways. A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching by Liz Gipson will help you tap into your inner designer and make you a better, smarter, and more joyful weaver. If you are unsure what yarn to use or how your colors will work, this method will help you gain confidence.
This book outlines the purpose of making a swatch and how to create tiny weavings on a frame loom, specifically a Swatch Maker Loom, which comes in the setts weavers use. The information applies to any frame loom, or you can use the same method to make small weavings on the loom you already use, to test your ideas before you warp up a large project.
Softcover, Spiral-Bound, 49 pages, Yarnworker (2017), 8.5 x 0.2 x 5.5 inches.
Step-by-step instructions on how to set up and weave a swatch on a frame loom
Tips, techniques, and tools that help you get faster results
Complete finishing information
A method for creative decision making
Tips for designing your own projects
Ideas for organizing and using your swatches
A pattern for cute color wheel cupcake pincushions
Print version is 49 pages, full color, 8-½” by 5-½”, spiral bound with step-by-step photographs.
"A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching is bursting with tips, tricks, and shortcuts to help you get the cloth you want every time. If you want to be a better weaver, read this book!” —Jillian Moreno, author of Yarnitecture
“As a beginner weaver who has never swatched, I’m totally convinced! Not only has this book made me eager to play by swatching, it’s taught me so much about weaving in general. An invaluable reference book and source of inspiration!” —Kim Werker, author of Make It Mighty Ugly
There's no place like a Handwoven Home! Hand towels, table runners, placemats, throws—weaving is perfectly suited to creating and customizing just about any textile for your home.
In Handwoven Home, weaving expert Liz Gipson explains the tools and techniques you'll need to weave personalized home textiles on a rigid-heddle loom—the most popular loom on the market today. From choosing the right yarn for your project to achieving your desired cloth type and drape, this book covers all the basics. And the 20+ projects are perfectly suited to the rigid-heddle loom, each starting with a simple square or rectangle and involving little sewing, shaping or loom waste. You'll even learn how to make multiple towels at the same time, create a sturdy rug of wide fabric, and finish your projects with a polished, professional look. Whether you're making textiles for yourself or as a gift, inside you'll find everything you need to create a woven personal touch for any room.
Softcover, 168 pages, F+W Media (June 2017), full color, 8.10 x 0.50 x 10.70 inches
Table of Contents
PART ONE: WEAVING FOR THE HOME
Yarn for Interiors
Know-How for the Rigid-Heddle Weaver
Following the Patterns
PART TWO: PROJECTS
The Dining Room
The Living Room
PART THREE: BEGINNINGS & ENDINGS
Warp Your Rigid-Heddle Loom
Finish Your Weaving
From expert weaver Anne Dixon, The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory is the ultimate resource for inkle weavers...and this hardcover, spiral-bound edition makes following the included patterns exceptionally easy. No more frustrating flopping pages as you work!
Inkle weaving is a simple technique that offers ample opportunity for experimentation by beginners and experienced weavers. This book provides 400 patterns for loom enthusiasts and is the most comprehensive tool available to weavers.
• An overview of inkle weaving's history and traditions.
• Instructions for loom set-up and simple techniques.
• An astonishing 400 woven patterns--some making their first debut.
• Illustrated samples and charts.
• Drafts provided throughout the entire guide.
An incomparable guide, Anne Dixon offers all of the tips, tricks, and techniques to these traditional and modern patterns and introduces a bounty of new, innovative designs as well. Inkles can be used for a variety of projects ranging from belts and braces to trims and neckpieces. They can be stitched together to make bags, mobile-phone purses, cushion-covers, table-mats, and much more.
Also included is a foreword by Madelyn van der Hoogt, the editor of Handwoven magazine and the author of The Complete Book of Drafting and The Weaver's Companion (Interweave). She opened the Weaver's School in 1984 and teaches weaving workshops throughout the United States and Canada.
Harcover, spiral-bound, 176 pages, F+WMedia (August 21, 2012), full color, 8.2 x 1.2 x 7.5 inches
Table of Contents (section headings only)
About this Book
• Basic Warp Color Patterns
• Warp Manipulation
• Inserted Auxiliary Thread Manipulation
• Weft Manipulation
• Manipulating the Width of the Inkle
Warp Draft Threading Charts
Pattern Charts for Designing
"Handweaver's Pattern Directory offers details on how to thread and weave more than 600 designs on four-shaft looms. Each design is shown as a weaving draft and is accompanied by a color photograph of the weave structure. A new classic tool for the four-shaft weaver. Inkle weaving is a warp-faced weave most commonly seen in woven straps, such as for cameras or guitars. In the follow-up volume, Dixon shows the variety of patterns available on the inkle loom, how to weave them, and possible uses." — Library Journal
Create beautiful cloth with just a simple loom.
Liz Gipson’s Weaving Made Easy has been revised & updated. This easy and accessible guide to weaving uses the simple rigid-heddle loom to create fabrics that are a perfect blend of fun and functionality. The rigid-heddle loom is small, portable, and affordable, making it the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to learn how to weave. 17 quick and easy weaving projects show how to make fabrics that are soft and drapey, sturdy and practical, or just plain fun and funky.
Projects include woven scarves and belts, pillows, napkins, and hand-woven rugs. Complete, updated instructions for warping a loom, clear step-by-step photos and abundant tips, tricks, and techniques for color, design, and embellishment are included. Weaving Made Easy is the ultimate idea book for the beginning weaver.
Softcover, 128 pages, Interweave (February 10, 2015), full color, 8.5 x 0.5 x 9 inches
17 Projects Using a Rigid Heddle Loom
Fully Loaded Scarf
Dealer’s Choice Placemats or Towels
Piping Hot Pillows
Tweed So Fine
Grab It and Go Bag
Pleasing Proportions Bag
No Two Alike Napkins
Simply Striped Rug
“I've read many weaving books over the years. This is one I believe belongs on your shelf whether you've been weaving for less than 10 minutes or more than 10 years and every bit in-between. There are valuable tips throughout the volume.” —Little Acorn Creations
“The book is filled with step by step photographs and easy to understand written instructions. By the time you are ready to start a project, she will have walked you through how-to fix 'emergencies' you may encounter...Liz knows weaving and it is as though she is with you at your loom, answering your questions before you ask. Take a workshop with her without leaving your 'studio'. She shows you how to enjoy the process.” —Hartford Knitting Examiner’s “In Stitches” column