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Art of weaving

Marylene Brahic

Marylene Brahic is the author of "The Techniques and Art of Weaving" a basic guide. Weaving has a long varied past (32,000 years) beginning when man wanted clothing other than wearing the skins of animals. The fibers ranged from hemp, wool, silk and later to cotton, linen and today synthetics.

The book covers a brief history of hand weaving bringing you up to current practices. The many different types of looms are shown. The section on 'Advice on buying a loom' shows and explains what to look for when purchasing a floor loom. If you are interested in purchasing a loom of this sort, it is best to know all you can before acquiring one.

This hard covered over-sized book is filled with beautiful clear and detailed photographs on every page from photographer Luis M. Anibarro. There are step by steps showing the techniques of setting up your loom. The warping section covered calculating the length of the warp, but did not show how to wind your warp on a warping board. It covered the basic techniques for threading, tie-up, reading a draft, correcting mistakes...

There is a weave dictionary discussing structure. Twill, herringbone and rosepath structures are covered. Twelve different patterns are given and shown through photographs and written step by step. There are patterns for placemats, a rug, baby's vest, woman's jacket and more.

You will find this book a helpful resource but, for a first timer (on a floor loom), you will require a some extra guidance. That said, for a student who is familiar and has set up and woven several pieces, they will enjoy this book. It will be a good reference for their fiber library.

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