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Learning to Weave Paperback – April 1, 2009
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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!
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book for a new beginner. Can't recommend it high enough.Published 2 days ago by LaDonna Maxwell
was disappointed by the lack of coverage for frame & peg looms. really more for 4-heddle or fixed heddle loom use.Published 3 days ago by jazzlegasp
i'm a new weaver and have found so much info in this book....it is wonderful...this is one book that is not a waste of money...i refer to it often...Published 3 months ago by Junior
I bought this book for my girlfriend when she was just thinking about getting involved in weaving, after reading all the positive reviews. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael J. Edelman