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Weaving Made Easy: 18 Projects Using a Simple Loom [Kindle Edition]

Liz Gipson
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Book Description

Weaving Made Easy is the beginning weavers' ultimate guide to making fun, simple, and functional weaving projects from start to finish. It features seventeen simple projects made on the rigid heddle loom, a small, portable, and affordable weaving loom.

Weaving Made Easy includes:

  • A step-by-step guide on getting started weaving; weaving vocab 101, tools and materials explained, the basics of warp and weft, and how to start weaving
  • Clear instructions for how to make various practical fabrics, from drapy to sturdy scarves and bags to belts, placemats, rugs, and more.

Weaving Made Easy includes an abundance of tips and techniques for color, design, construction, and embellishment in weaving. With clear, concise step-by-step photographs and instructions, this is the ideal book for beginning weavers.

Editorial Reviews


"Gipson focuses on inexpensive, easy-to-use rigid heddle looms in this much-needed addition, including an extensive overview of weaving basics and a collection of accessible, attractive patterns." — Library Journal

"Destined to become a classic reference book...Stellar!" — Blisstree.com

"Easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions...Most of the featured projects are designed with either earth or jeweltones, causing the woven stitches to pop from the pages of the book." — Detroit News

About the Author

Liz Gipson is the managing editor of Handwoven magazine and the former managing editor of Spin-Off magazine. She is the president of the Spinning and Weaving Association and the host of the public television program Knitting Daily. She lives in Loveland, Colorado.

Product Details

  • File Size: 18108 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (February 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40PMY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,696 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It really does make weaving easy! December 24, 2008
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This is the best book for a beginning weaver I have found. I am a self taught weaver, using pipe looms, cards, and a rigid heddle loom. Sometimes threading a rigid heddle can get difficult (for me anyway!) and Liz Gipson really does a good job explaining and has great pictures to help. The projects are not too difficult, but there is enough to interest a more advanced weaver. I really liked this book. Ignore the review about a few mis-spelled words. It doesn't detract from the book.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One for beside your loom June 3, 2009
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The rigid heddle loom is coming of age! Liz Gipson proves that its far more than just a poor relation to the bigger floor and multi-harnessed looms, and a quick flick through this book shows why. Here are modern projects, using modern yarns in ways the manufacturers didn't imagine, to create clothing, bags, upholstery, and fashion accessories. The illustrations and descriptions are clear enough for beginners to tackle with confidence, and will inspire more experienced weavers to stretch their imaginations and techniques.
This is the latest in a series of books that cater for these smaller portable looms, and like its predecessors, has enough content to keep the imaginative weaver busy for years. I'm beginning to wonder why I even think of struggling to warp my floor loom!
If you have previously thought of the rigid heddle loom as a toy, you will find this book more than an eye-opener!
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Rigid Heddle introduction November 17, 2008
I really like this book. The photos are very clear and the text is easy to understand. This book will take you through your very first faltering steps into weaving and beyond. The projects are interesting and ones I would use. They are well presented and each project teaches a new skill. Highly recommend this book for beginners and even more advanced weavers.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!! December 22, 2008
By Maddy
I had been looking forward to the release of this book for several months. It was worth the wait! I love my rigid heddle loom. I have had it almost a year now, but have struggled with ideas and patterns. I started weaving the houndstooth check pattern from the book immediately, but made it into a holiday runner with red and green. Awesome Christmas gift! Hope to see more books like this in the future!
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars weaving made easy February 7, 2009
I would call myself either an "advanced beginner" or "Low intermediate" weaver and this book was perfect for my skill level -- had great color photographs, not only of projects but of process: warping, following patterns, everything. What I really appreciated was its emphasis on ridged heddle looms, which is what I have. The model I have ("Flip the Folding Loom") was even in several pictures. I hadn't seen that before.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weaving made easy June 6, 2010
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I just bought my first loom and felt lost when I tried to start a project, that is, till I read Weaving Made Easy by Liz Gipson. She explains everything in a clear manner with photos to show exactly what to do. My friends who already weave were surprised at my grasp of the subject and at the professional results I got. I owe it all to the terrific book by Ms. Gipson! Thanks! Nancy W.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners May 19, 2009
I am a beginning weaver and I borrowed this book from the library. I think the projects and instructions on warping are great for a new weaver. I'm making a wrap from a pattern in this book and it looks great. Definitely a more modern version of the other books I own. Only issue, I think that some of the directions are unclear and there are spelling/editing mistakes that get in the way of understanding. Just be careful when starting a project that you fully understand the directions. The corrections are easy to make, but for a book aimed at beginners I would like to see more careful editing.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes it Look Easy October 24, 2010
I just love this book and use it for my own projects and when I teach Rigid Heddle weaving Lots of ideas to get you started but interesting enough and easily adaptable so you can use them as blueprints for more advanced projects. Well written and easy to follow. A really interesting page with little sample photos of woven color that show how using different color yarn changes the effect completely. I highly recommend this book and find it especially useful to new weavers.
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More About the Author

Liz has made yarn her life. The author of "Weaving Made Easy", she has worked for yarn industry leaders Interweave and Schacht Spindle. A veteran of DIY programming--both behind and in front of the camera--she co-hosted Knitting Daily TV on PBS for its first three seasons and has made numerous appearances on HGTV and DIY networks. Liz teaches weaving and spinning workshops across the country. She has two DVDs--"Slots and Holes" and "Life After Warping"-- that help rigid-heddle weavers weave better. In 2013, she launched Yarnworker, a source for independently published rigid-heddle patterns.

Passionate about the connections between craft, culture, and commerce, Liz provides content marketing services to the yarn industry, specializing in video production, consumer and trade workshops, and creative marketing solutions. She served on the leadership team of the Spinning and Weaving Group, a product segment group of The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) and helped launch Spinzilla a spinning challange designed to share the joy of making yarn by hand.

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