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The Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom Spiral-bound – August 17, 2010
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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
About the Author
Jane Patrick is the former editor of Handwoven, and vice president of sales for Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder, CO. She is the author of Time to Weave (Interweave, 2006).
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Newbies should not be put off by the advanced rigid heddling techniques inside this book. The author starts with a comprehensive description of the rigid heddle loom, and you will find a step by step guide for direct warping at the back of the book. Indirect warping is covered where direct warping is no longer suitable. There are a couple of projects, but this is not a project book as such. If you follow the descriptions of the different techniques and their variations, you will be weaving samplers that will stand you in good stead for future projects. A weaving record sheet is also provided for you to make notes.
If you only ever purchase one book on rigid heddling techniques, this should be it. Its a book of techniques, not projects, and will be referred to time and time again and so deserves a place beside your loom.
A huge plus is the spiral binding that allows you to easily open it, and leave it opened, to any page.
It is far and away the most inspiring book I have!
The book is VERY well organized, clearly written, and extremely helpful. I worked my way through the majority of the book in about a month - and within 6 weeks of getting my loom I was weaving with two heddles! The patterns are clearly explained, the photos are helpful, and the tips that are sprinkled through the book are very useful.
I bought the companion video online from Intraweave and learned a LOT more on warping a loom in various ways from that, as well as being able to see in a video form on my laptop how to do things like hemstitching and various patterns.
If you are thinking of learning to weave and would like a simple, easy to understand resource that can get you going on your own quickly, this is the book for you! I only wish there were more rigid heddle weaving resources like this book.
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This is a really useful book for rigid heddle weavers. However, I strongly recommend getting a hard bound copy of this book rather than the Kindle version. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kindle Customer
This is a must have for Rigid heddle weavers. It has great ideas for terminations nad I use it as a reference all the time.Published 25 days ago by Andres P. Nevarez
I love this book, I have a 24" rigid heddle loom and the only weaving I'd done before was on an inkle loom. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Nova
Excellent book for weaver's - brand new weavers and experienced ones!Published 1 month ago by Good quality goods shopper
I did not like this book at all and I returned it, something I rarely do. I guess I should have taken the title literally. It is a weaver's idea book. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mags SF