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About the Author

Deborah Chandler spent many years as a weaving teacher in the US before moving to Guatemala, where she now lives and hangs out with Guatemalan weavers.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Revised ed. edition (April 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159668139X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681392
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,096 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Deborah Chandler's book is the next best thing to attending an excellent
weaving class in person. Then after you learn to weave, it is a reference book
that can aid you for years to come. Even after weaving for more than
10 years, I often turn to this book. It has plain detailed instruction
with wonderful illustrations. Photos and drawings as well as the fabulous
explanations guide you right along.
Whether you are just learning to weave or want to add to your weaving library,
I strongly recommend this book!
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This is by far the best book on weaving I have ever seen. It is an excellent learning tool as well as reference tool. Easy to understand directions and illistrations. This is the perfect book for anyone interested in weaving.
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The most important thing I learned from this book is that I'm not ready for this book! I inherited my mother's table loom some time ago and have not had time to look into weaving until recently. To get myself started, I purchased a number of books on weaving so that I could build up to tackling her loom. I found both "Weaving Without a Loom" and "You Can Weave" very helpful for a beginner. They taught simple terminology, basic weaves, the use of a variety of materials not only for weaving but for looms, and the use of patterns. Chandler and Redding's book, "Learning to Weave," looks to be an excellent resource for weaving on my table loom, but just perusing it's pages, I realized that I still need to work a little with the simpler looms before getting on to the main task. In reading the book, I found the notion of samples a fine idea. I started making them with some of the simpler looms, and have even found a use for some of the samples I've made. The suggestion regarding practice color combinations was also helpful. In looking forward to the daunting task of warping or dressing my table loom, I suspect that the authors' suggestions with respect to managing the warp threads and the alternative suggestions with respect to approaching the physical task itself will make my first experience much less frustrating. But first we have to build up the courage!
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Forget all the other books on weaving. This is the one. Anyone who has problems warping their loom, designing patterns, learning new patterns will wear the pages of this book thin with reading and rereading and rereading and more rereading. There is barely a day that goes by that I do not in some way refer back to this fantastic book! All we ask is that the writer give us more! Bravo!
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This is a terrific book for someone who wants to learn to weave. It starts off with a very brief introduction to looms and ancillary tools needed by the weaver. It then provides a very detailed discussion, complete with many pictures, of how to warp the loom. The book then leads the reader through a home-study course starting off with a simple weave sample, a good explanation of reading drafts, and an interesting as well as comprehensible explanation of various twills. My favorite chapter was that on reading drafts----I had looked at a couple of weaving magazines previously and was completely puzzled by them. The author's explanations were so delightfully clear that after reading the chapter once I was able to understand all the patterns I had looked at in the magazines.

Throughout, the author explains the details of how to perform each step, what problems might arise, how to prevent them from doing so, and how to fix problems that do arise. Deborah Chandler has a real gift for imparting complex information, and this book amply reflects that gift.

Since I am a complete beginner and have never touched a loom before, I would have liked a much lengthier discussion (with diagrams) covering how the various types of looms work as well as their advantages/disadvantages. That said, even if you don't know how a loom works (which I didn't before reading this book carefully), you can puzzle it all out from the book by seeing what the different steps in warping and weaving are and relating them to the physical structures involved. It took me a while to puzzle this all out & this is where it would have been nice to have more information on "loom theory" in general.
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This is the very best book I have seen or used to learn to weave. It is extremely detail oriented and procedes in a step by step manner. I have been involved in spinning and weaving for 9 years and still refer back to it. Get it in a spiral bound ed if you can so you can lay it flat as you work.
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Format: Paperback
This book is considered the modern bible of how to learn to weave on a multi-shaft loom. It sits in my book-case, and I do often refer to it because its handy for helping newbies, BUT.............it is very lightweight in content compared to the older out-of-print text books you can still find in libraries and second hand stores, despite their obvious handicaps of a lot of text and not enough illustrations.
It gets ticks for being set out as a series of lessons; visually the pages are not over-cluttered; the tutorials cover the material presented in that lesson; the charts are easy to understand. The text is on the whole easy to read and understand. The price is right, too!
All essential requirements for a basic text-book of any sort.
However, it is not the only weaving book that you will ever need, as it only goes so far in content, and gets you through the beginner stage. The patterns and drafts discussed are limited in range, and at some point you will be purchasing further books to further your skills in basic drafts let alone learn intermediate skills and special interest areas of weaving. You can rarely look up something new in the hope that you will find it mentioned, let alone covered.
That said, it does have its place in a weaving library and as a learning tool, particularly if you purchase an old classic like (New) Key to Weaving to go with it. That gives you the best of both worlds.
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