Weaving, Spinning, Dyeing Books
|I've listed the
Weaving, Spinning and Dyeing Books I own with comments
about their contents.
These are only my own humble opinions and I'm sure many would not agree with all of them.
Many are now out of print but you might try to get any that sound useful to you through your local inter-library loan program or at used book stores.
|Table of Contents|
||Small loom Books
||Card Weaving Books
This is a 559 page classic. A textbook of hand
weaving for the beginning weaver.
She gives explanations of looms, different weaves, reading drafts, and problem solving.
When I'm having problems or trying something new this is one of the first books I reach for.
More good basic weaving information in only 80
The first part covers weaving terms, basic theory of different weaves, tools and techniques, simple looms such as frame looms, pin and nail looms, and shaped cardboard looms. Different weaving tools, shuttles, and beaters.
Instructions for building and using a simple 4 harness loom are given.
It explains reading and making pattern drafts.
A chapter on needle weaving with helpful hints and lots of ideas for finishing the ends of weavings is nice
There are also a few pages explaining floor looms and how they work.
The first part ends with information on dyeing, using color, and making calculations for yarn use.
The last half consists of directions for projects.
Elizabeth Wayland Barber is an archaeologist and a
I found this book fascinating. She has put a human female face on history.
It helped give me a feeling of direct connection back through the ages to all of the women that have provided untold generations with functional and beautiful textiles.
This is one of my all time favorite fiber books.
It covers it all. History, evolution of non loom processes such as sprang. netting and basketry.
Hand weaving of the past and the 20th century
Loom weaving from choosing material, drafting, and weaving to finishing.
Next comes spinning and dyeing to be followed by a great section on designing .
It ends it's 388 pages with Appendices full of information on drafting, characteristics of common sheep breeds and other animal fibers, metric conversion tables and yarn designations.
A nice all over look at weaving. They explain
basic weave structure, frame looms, box looms, rigid heddle looms, and
Color, texture and finger manipulated weaves are explained.
They explain 2 and 4 shaft looms and the basic weaves to be woven on them.
Double weaves are explained and they talk about technique and design.
The book ends with appendices chock full of other weaving information.
Excellent photos and illustrations are used through out.
Buy this one if you find it.
It contains fiber history , using a frame loom, a backstrap loom with a rigid heddle, a rigid heddle loom, using the 4 harness floor loom, explains drafting, basic weaves and derivatives, double weaves and laces.
Materials, design, texture, color, and pattern are discussed.
Loom types, accessories, and tools are also covered.
I really enjoy this book. I like Native American
this book covers textile art from Alaska to the Southwest and over to
the east coast.
Very nice photos- I wish more of them were in color.
I have done several weavings on my Navaho loom using the traditional four selvage warping and I'm working on a design for my next weaving.
How To weave beaded jewelry on a pin loom.
The basic directions for getting started with this type of needle weaving on a pin loom are given.
There are some very good designs but many are repetitive ideas on the same design.
Part of the book covers personal history and examples of Ms. Banes other art work from painting to tapestry.
I much preferred the designs and directions in the original book "Beads and Threads:A New Technique for Fiber Jewelry" written with Diane Fitzgerald.
I have made one necklace with this technique and I'm working on my second. I plan on doing more.
It is a very slow technique but very portable and I enjoy working on them while watching TV in the evening.
A really good book for band weaving. They start
with simple finger-woven bands then show how to make small looms for
Hungarian weaving and for twining bands.
Kids will enjoy using the Hungarian loom along with learning how to
weave on soda straws.
They cover building and using rigid heddle, backstrap and inkle looms.
There is lots of information on card weaving.
The last chapter covers weaving variations for special effects
The photos are excellent and the illustrations are clear. A really good book for those that enjoy weaving with simple portable equipment. Most of which they can make themselves.
Through out the book there are good ideas for projects that use woven bands.
GREAT NEWS- Betty has informed me that her book is
once more in print. I'm delighted to hear that this very informative
book is again available in a clear and readable form.
You can find it for sale at:
The copy I have is a version photocopied by the
author after the
original went out of print.
I found the quality of the photocopied version to be very poor. The information is still very interesting and extremely useful.
The information here is for the photocopied version.
The first 45 pages contain numerous patterns that can be woven by manipulating the warp with your fingers or pick up sticks. These could be used as accent bands or as all over designs.
This is not strictly a weaving book since it also
includes embroidery, macramé~, drawn thread work, and other techniques.
I have found many of these other techniques help me design weavings and many of them can be combined with weaving.
This book covers a number of techniques for making
rugs and wall hangings.
Flat-Woven: twining, tapestry and variations.
Pile rugs:knotted pile, latch hooked pile,and rag pile
Embroidered rugs and Hangings
Crocheted and knitted Rugs, also Tambour chain crochet
Braided and Macramé rugs
There are lots of inspiring photographs of all kinds and sizes of rugs and wall hangings.
The illustrations are really helpful along with clear directions.
I frequently reread this book or browse through the photos when I'm planing new projects.
This is a small basic 94 page book on weaving.
It has chapters about weaving on cardboard looms, box looms and small home built roller looms.
There are plenty of weaving patterns and discussions on weaving materials.
It ends with a little explanation of larger looms and how to finish weavings.
It includes a few simple rather dated projects.
Lots of information on building and using frame
Really nice illustrations showing tapestry techniques along with discussions on yarns and color.
Chapter 4 covers pile and manipulated weaves. It then has a chapter on finishing details and the last one covers design.
This is a nice basic book to get you started
with tapestry but I wouldn't recommend buying it. Check it out of the
library or borrow a copy.
There are others books with much better explanations of the techniques used in tapestry weaving and I need to buy one of them.
I found many of the designs used for examples rather poor and uninspiring.
Contains basic directions for card weaving along
with full directions and drafting patterns for 53 patterns.
Printed in a script font that is a little hard to read since the pages are very crowded. The patterns are well worth the trouble of dealing with the poor layout and print.
This book contains information on getting started
and basic skills.
It also covers making shaped pieces, baskets, and a bag done over a box.
Nice chapters on Maori twining methods as well as various Indian nations.
She also covers twined sculpture, twining on fixed warps, and warp twining.
An excellent introduction to spinning that takes you
step by step from spinning fiber by hand to hand spindles to spinning
Lee explains fiber processing and how to store your fiber and yarn. She tells how to make a simple hand spindle and discusses various types of wheels and their parts.
Learn how to spin, ply, and select fiber.
There are also nice instructions for a number of small projects. Included are hats, socks, mittens, shawls and sweaters.
This is a good basic book and one I should look at more often. I had forgotten about the projects in it.
This is the first one I always recommend to new spinners.
This is an excellent book for those interested in
hand spindles. It covers how to prepare fiber, how to spin and how to
select a spindle.
Interesting history of hand spindles and information on lots of different kinds of spindles from different countries and cultures.
An interesting book with some good information.
More photos and illustrations would have helped.
Tells about spinning on great wheels, treadle wheels and handspindles. How to prepare fiber and the differences between fibers.
Worth picking up if you run across it.
They cover using Union Dyes (household dyes), Fiber
Reactive Dyes (powdered and liquid form),
Acid Dyes, and pre-metallized dyes.
They stress keeping careful records so that colors will be consistent and reproducible.
They go on to teach the dyeing techniques with a variety of beautiful projects.
A first class book.
A little book with lots of information.
It contains ink line drawings of each plant with a short history and where to find it.
Information about what parts to use, what colors it will produce and whether it is lightfast.