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The Handweaver's Pattern Directory Hardcover – October 1, 2007
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"Highly recommended for public libraries and textile collections in academic institutions. If you can buy only one book on handweaving this year, this is the one." Library Journal, starred review
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It is an incredible resource for weavers. Each of the patterns is accompanied by a sharp photo of the sample, with "close up" views of many. The directions are clear and in keeping with standard Interweave publications (as in Handwoven). There are short but valuable chapters on general weaving, supplies, yarns, etc., although the emphasis -- and the value -- is on the patterns.
I've been a weaver for about 20 years and I own a fairly substantial library of weaving books and have owned, at one time or another, nearly every issue of Handwoven and Weaver's Journal magazines. Yet there were still many patterns in this book I do not think I've ever seen.
The patterns are categorized by types, from simple tabby and twills to complex distorted weft , bronson and even hand manipulated weaves. All are threaded for a four-shaft loom. See "customer images" under the photo above for a scan of a sample page.
The physical layout and design of the book is excellent as well. With the heavy duty spiral binding, it lays flat for easy reference and there is even a pull out "flap" in the back with the "legend" for the patterns, so you don't have to flip back and forth to figure out the drafts (although they're very intuitive and standard).
This book should serve me well for my next 20 years of weaving, which means it will cost me slightly more than a buck a year! That's an investment well worth making.
Other books seem to make you think that to be a creative or complete weaver, you need more than 4 shafts. This book proved that is not true.
This book is perfect for a beginning or advanced weaver.
1. Davidson is in black and white. The beautiful color images in this book add a dimension that hugely enhances the reader's understanding of patterns.
2. Davidson's patterns are tiny and the directions are small, hard to read and there are a number of annoying errors that can mislead a beginner. The schematics in this book are really easy to follow and I have not so far found any errors. It is much more user friendly.
3. This book has a spiral binding that makes it ideal for leaning on top of the loom open to any page.
4. The book includes interesting and very clear explanations of the theory behind the weave structures.
I heartily recommend this book to any 4-shaft weaver.
Every pattern shows the finished result as a cloth and not a drawdown-all in colour.
It belongs in every weavers library.
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Must have book for 4 shaft patterns. Easy to understand and good clear instructions. This is a go-to book for any 4 shaft weaverPublished 28 days ago by Brittian household
The spiral bound style of this book makes it much easier to work with and keep open and flat when trying to do a pattern. Read morePublished 2 months ago by rish
This book is exactly what I wanted. Clearly written weave patterns that I can master and then adapt. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Becky