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The Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom Spiral-bound – August 17, 2010

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"As a guide for beginners and practiced weavers Jane Patrick's book is inspirational. Although specifically aimed at the rigid heddle loom, the 200 pages hold a wealth of information on weave structures and patterns that can be used on many looms. The spiral bound, textbook-style layout is good, with clear section separation, and the chapters take you up a hierarchy of difficulty. I felt comfortable with plain, finger-controlled and pick up weaves, then I marvelled in awe at sections on warp and weft-faced frabrics and working with two heddles. There is a nod to garment and item construction in the guise of a few set pieces, but the book's real strength is in opening a treasure chest of weaving possibility to new or relatively inexperienced weavers. Each section provides a soft kaleidoscope of samples which I have already been tempted to replicate. The book will doubtless remain a good source book to refer to for new creative ideas and inspiration. However, the book might give the absolute beginner a puzzle at times, as it is not always clear and sometimes repetitive. Generally though, the book was a joy to read and is unlikely to gather dust on my bookshelf." - Journal for Weavers Spinners & Dyers

About the Author

Jane Patrick is the former editor of Handwoven, and vice president of sales for Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder, CO. She is the author of Time to Weave (Interweave, 2006).

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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Spi edition (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596681756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681750
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 9.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Caroline M. Alexander on August 21, 2010
Format: Spiral-bound
Anyone who thinks that rigid heddle looms are only for plain weave needs to think again! This is the book that rigid heddlers have been waiting for, not that its only for people with some experience of weaving. Jane Patrick starts at the beginning and take you on a journey that not only covers lace weaving, pick-up and simple bronson, but krokbragd, and 3/1 twills with 2 heddles, double weave, honeycomb, block weave, two layer work and more. This pushes the boundaries of what you can do with a rigid heddle loom back further than ever before, and its done with clear instructions, excellent colour photos of the woven cloth, and even instructions for those with 4 shaft looms who don't want to be left out.
Newbies should not be put off by the advanced rigid heddling techniques inside this book. The author starts with a comprehensive description of the rigid heddle loom, and you will find a step by step guide for direct warping at the back of the book. Indirect warping is covered where direct warping is no longer suitable. There are a couple of projects, but this is not a project book as such. If you follow the descriptions of the different techniques and their variations, you will be weaving samplers that will stand you in good stead for future projects. A weaving record sheet is also provided for you to make notes.
If you only ever purchase one book on rigid heddling techniques, this should be it. Its a book of techniques, not projects, and will be referred to time and time again and so deserves a place beside your loom.
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Many people tout Betty Linn Davenport's book "Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving" as THE book on rigid heddle weaving, but in my opinion, this book by Jane Patrick is just as informative and gives you more ideas/inspiration. I have gotten a couple books on the subject from my library and none of them, including Davenport's book even compared to this one. I knew immediately that THIS is THE book to own regarding rigid heddle weaving.

A huge plus is the spiral binding that allows you to easily open it, and leave it opened, to any page.
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By BPM on August 23, 2010
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I'm rarely moved to submit a review, but this book has certainly done so. The presentation is gorgeous, as well as very clear. And, the content is equally amazing. Starting from basic weave, it quickly moves into variations and more complex techniques and projects. A must for anyone with a rigid heddle loom, and a good reason to go out and buy one!
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This book is awesome and totally unlike any other book out there. I wholeheartedly second everything said by the first four reviewers. It is a beautiful book, easy to follow and understand. There are a few projects, but mostly the book is about how to create different weave structures (types of fabric) on a rigid heddle loom. For each type of weave structure there are multiple variations in different colors and types of yarn. For some weaving patterns there are pictures of how it will look with similar yarns but in different color combinations. All of the other rigid heddle books that I have read feature beautiful patterns, but unfortunately they are usually for a specific loom, with a specific heddle size, etc. It is so frustrating to find a cool pattern, only to realize that it is designed for a loom that I don't have! This book is different because it gives instructions and inspiration for owners of any kind of rigid heddle loom, even--perhaps, especially--for those looms that are little more than a frame.

It is far and away the most inspiring book I have!
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This is a great book with very clear directions and explanations for beginners. One thing however; on page 83 she just starts using drafting notations and never explains how to read them. I spent several frustrating hours tracking down what the notations meant. If you are a beginner, you'll need to learn how to read the drafting patterns she uses somewhere else. As a new rigid heddle loom owner this has given me lots of ideas for weaving interesting materials.
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I recently got into weaving, and decided a simple rigid heddle loom would be a great way to start. After hearing from one dealer that she had "never heard of anyone who taught themselves to warp a loom or weave" I decided I would challenge that by teaching myself! I found this book on Amazon and looked at it for days trying to decide if this was going to be useful or not. I took the plunge and got it along with a few other books.

The book is VERY well organized, clearly written, and extremely helpful. I worked my way through the majority of the book in about a month - and within 6 weeks of getting my loom I was weaving with two heddles! The patterns are clearly explained, the photos are helpful, and the tips that are sprinkled through the book are very useful.

I bought the companion video online from Intraweave and learned a LOT more on warping a loom in various ways from that, as well as being able to see in a video form on my laptop how to do things like hemstitching and various patterns.

If you are thinking of learning to weave and would like a simple, easy to understand resource that can get you going on your own quickly, this is the book for you! I only wish there were more rigid heddle weaving resources like this book.
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