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The Weaving Book: Patterns & Ideas Hardcover – September, 1990

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Flower Valley Pr (September 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0962054305
  • ISBN-13: 978-0962054303
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,334,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By "pallen9254" on June 15, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Helene Bress' incredible accomplishment in THE WEAVING BOOK can hardly be understated. She has compiled thousands of samples of handweaving that illustrate the basic weave structures, and the myriad variations thereto that make handweaving a lifelong avocation of learning and discovery.
Weaving theory is presented in a clear & straight-forward text. What is the most valuable are the photos of the samples themselves (the weaving the work of a small group of weavers, including Doromay Keasbey, and the photos the work of Allen Bress, the author's son). As a beginning weaver, it is often very hard to visualize a fabric from a draft, and until you learn to do that, drafts are nearly useless. These thousands of samples are presented in a way that makes the relationship between draft and fabric clearer. Not only will a novice find plenty of inspiration here for original projects, but will come away from working with this book better able to understand and productively use the classic pattern books, as well as those books which treat in depth the weave structures introduced here.
A greedy reader (like myself) could wish that the samples were illustrated in color -- the color pages of examples are tantalizing -- but the author and her colleagues wisely understood that color reproduction would have made the book far too expensive. Even with the significant discount available from Amazon.com, THE WEAVING BOOK is still a serious investment. If you are a novice weaver, buy this book before almost any other. If you are an experiecned weaver, there is plenty within its covers to make it a valued reference and idea source.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By LW on January 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
The Weaving Book is one of the most used volumes in my fiber library! Ms Bress illustrates four common threadings on the loom and then demonstrates the myriad possibilites by altering only the treadling and tie-ups. The book has many, many photographic illustrations and is easy to read. A tremendous resource.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By WeaverGrace on November 5, 2002
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I noticed this book when I looked for my old favorite, The New Key To Weaving. I had found so much thorough, technical info there and was eager to replace my copy. Forget Key To Weaving. This book has taken its place on my bookshelf. Two years later, I still can only read a few pages at a time before I dance off to implement the ideas her book stirred up in me.

Bravo, Helen! Thank you for all the detailed photos, numerous drafts, and nuts-and-bolts theory that you provided.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 2crazy4books2 on July 16, 2009
Format: Hardcover
the weaving book

by helene bress

1981

"The Weaving Book explores the great diversity of techniques which can be used on five of the basic weaves: Plain Weave, Twill, Overshot, Monk's Belt, and Huck. For those who want to use the book by rote, they'll have an incredibly rich pattern book. For those who want to design their own, they'll find an even richer harvest, since Helene so clearly explains what makes the particular weave tick and presents many conventional treadlings, experimental treadlings, and many variations - both usual and unusual.

Contents include:

Introduction

Notes for the Reader

Plain Weave
Characteristics
Variations
Display of Woven Pieces

Twill
Characteristics
Plain Twill: Draft A
Point Twill: Draft B
Rosepath: Draft C
Variations on Drafts A, B, C & D
Extended Variations on Drafts A, B, C & D
Twill Collection: Patterns, Treadlings, and Finished Pieces
Undulating Twill
Indian Saddle Blanket Weave
Krokbragd
Multiple Harness Twill

Overshot
Characteristics
Basic Motifs
Enlarging, Miniaturizing and Creating Drafts
Draft A
Draft B
Variations on Drafts A & B
Overshot Showcase: Patterns, Treadlings, and Finished Pieces
Multiple Harness Overshot

Monk's Belt
Characteristics
Draft I
Draft II
Draft III
Draft IV
Variations on Drafts I, II, III & IV
Epilogue: Some Questions and Their Woven Answers
Monk's Belt Offerings: Patterns, Treadlings, and Finished Pieces

Huck
Characteristics
Pattern A
Pattern B
Pattern C
Pattern D
Pattern E
Patterns A, B, C, D, & E: as-drawn-in
Variations on Pattern Drafts A, B, C, D & E
Huck Display: Patterns, Treadlings, and Finished Pieces
Multiple Harness Huck

Glossary

Bibliography
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Celtic Owl on June 8, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This may be the difinitive book on weaving for our times.
Studying from this book will teach you enough to be an excellent weaver.
I found myself understanding handweaving from a much broader base.
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By Kim L on March 12, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I made a batch of waffle weave towels using info from the book and I've got more warp ready to do another batch. Lots of great info and things a newbie like myself can do as well as amazing things for advanced weavers.
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