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Marilyn Murphy has put together 17 thoughtful designs with simple shapes in "Woven to Wear". This book is not just for weavers. Knitters, crocheters and sewers will enjoy combining woven fabrics with fine detailing and finishing touches. You don't have a floor loom? Most of the patterns in the book can be woven on a (tabletop) rigid heddle loom.

Marilyn will explain all the materials and tools you will need, including how to read a draft, warp and weft color order and the terms you will need to know. The chapter on 'Yarns', explains general fiber and yarn properties, helpful tips and substitutions. In the 'Designing' section learn to take a sewing pattern or a crochet/knitting schematic that you like the shape of and turn it into an original woven garment, or a stylish facsimile. 'Finishing' is all about washing, embellishments, buttons and surface treatments.

Get to know the designers Nancy Waight Paap, Layna Bentley, Joyce Wilkerson and six others. Learn from them. The drape and color use of the 'Monet Mobius' is worked on a two or four shaft loom. The yarn is a rayon chenille using 16 epi on an 8 dent reed. There are 336 warp ends. Put on double the warp length...you will want to make two. 'Shades of Green Vest' is a combination of vest and scarf. The scarf and vest are woven on the same warp, at the same time, yet with a very distinguishable look. This style is perfect for the office or after hours. It can be woven on a two, four shaft or rigid heddle loom. With a total of 93 warp ends it will be on your loom...snap.

This book will put you on a path to creating your own distinguishable and memorable style. "Woven to Wear" will help you stretch your skills. It is more than a project weaving book.

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