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Weaving Western Sakiori: A Modern Guide for Rag Weaving Kindle Edition
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True to its title, the book is an excellent "modern guide for rag weaving." Robinette has great tips on how to shop for rag-making at thrift stores and what kinds of garments and fabrics make good weaving rags. She covers rag preparation using different tools and techniques such as tearing and cutting. There are worksheets for project planning, including one for figuring how much rag weft you need, and there is a useful sett chart for weaving with different types of rags. The book includes tips on weft joins, beat, and use of temples, and a special section about rag weaving on rigid-heddle looms. The weaving instructions also include wet-finishing and drying techniques for rags of different fiber content.
If the historical perspective doesn't get you fired up for sakiori, the projects in this book certainly will. There are many sweet scarves, plus myriad household items, baby blankets, shawls, and even an elegant evening purse. Weave structures include plain weave, twills, and overshot, while materials range from cotton to silk and even include leather. As Robinette points out, her project instructions are only a starting point because your rags will be unique. And therein lies the beauty and intrigue of sakiori. -- Anita Osterhaug, Handwoven Magazine ― Handwoven Magazine, March/April 2019
It’s good to see a weaving book that covers a new topic, although really, Sakiori is probably as old as the hills. Author Amanda Robinette covers upcycled rag weaving from textile preparation and warp considerations through to the end of many projects. I’m particularly taken with the Wedding Dress Bed Runner. If you are a weaver and you’ve had a wedding dress tucked away in a box for decades, now would be a good time to take it out and refashion it into a beautiful piece of art that you can love every day. Weaving Western Sakiori will have you looking at your entire closet in a whole new way. Recommended By Tracey T., Powells.com ― Powells.com --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B07D6G6XLD
- Publisher : Stackpole Books (June 30, 2018)
- Publication date : June 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 60650 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 144 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,428 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As for the weaving instructions, I found enough help here to immediately take an old Japanese rayon tunic dress, cut it into ribbons, and weave a Sakiori scarf to my satisfaction on my rigid heddle loom. The advice on what yarns and weaving techniques will soften the drape of Sakiori is great. No one wants to make a scarf that feels like a rag rug.
I also appreciated the advice on how to calculate the yield from found fabrics and recycled items. This supports Robinette’s ecological point of view and aligns the Western Sakiori weaver with historical Japanese practice.
I am not an experiaced weaver: I’ve never touched a four shaft loom, but I find Amanda
Robinette’s four shaft instructions easier to understand than Knisely’s in his book on Rag rugs.
Whether a weaver will be “inspired by the projects in this book” depends on whether he or she likes the colors and the rags Robinette has chosen to weave. I don’t care for magenta, but with my own choice of weaving materials, I don’t have to use magenta.
Robinette has a lot of interesting ideas. A motivated Sakiori weaver will find a great deal of carefully presented advice in this book.
However, the book falls short in several important areas. While there is considerable attention paid to esthetic ideas, history and thoughts on cloth, there's not nearly enough practical instruction. There are few pictures or explanations on how to prepare fabric strips for weaving, basically cutting or tearing. Turning garments into weaving strips isn't an exact science, of course, but more general guidance and examples as to how to proceed would have been helpful.
As for the actual weaving, many projects are shown but are nearly impossible to replicate, as one's own rags will certainly be different than those shown. Worse, there's little explanation as to how to join strips, whether prior to weaving or during, except for a tee shirt rug, which has useful photos. Then there are the references to using a "floating selvage", with little explanation as to how, why or even what it is. It's suggested weavers may want to split their rag ends in the warp so as to reduce bulk while weaving, but how to do it is left to the weaver's imagination.
There is one page devoted to using a rigid heddle loom, and that is mainly about tension and bulk considerations. As for floor looms, there are tie up and treadling diagrams for each project, but you're on your own figuring them out.
I would have given this book 3.5 stars had I been able. It encourages and inspires giving Sakiori a try, but falls short in practical instruction.