Weaving on a Little Loom
Techniques, Patterns, and Projects for Beginners
by Fiona Daly
Pub Date 18 Sep 2018
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Weaving on a Little Loom teaches readers everything they need to know to start small-frame loom weaving, an easy and inexpensive craft that can be done at home. From setting up the loom to finishing a project, this book covers both basic and more advanced techniques, with an introduction to creating patterns such as basket and bird's eye weaves, rib, twill, and herringbone. With clear instruction and beautiful illustrative photographs, step-by-step tutorials guide you through designing and creating five contemporary woven projects -- including table placemats, wall hangings, and a tote bag -- all made with natural, environmentally friendly materials.
“While weaving can be inherently complex and technical, it provides a fantastic framework for creative expression,” writes Daly at the start of her gorgeous introduction to weaving. Daly, a textile designer in London, creates handwoven textiles using locally sourced yarn, and her expertise as a hand-weaver informs this encyclopedia of techniques. Her “welcome to weaving” includes history, instructions for choosing a loom, clear explanations of tools and materials, and a lesson on how a frame loom works. The greater part of this guide covers handweaving techniques: choosing the right shuttle, joining wefts, applying rug-making techniques, and edging (machine zigzagging, fringing, tessellating, and knotting). One drawback to Daly’s instructions is that, although she includes a glossary in the back, she employs jargon (“sett,” “shed”) before defining the terms. The five projects—a wall hanging, purse, place mat, cushion cover, and looped bag—are all beautifully showcased in earthy tones complemented by the book’s matte pages. Weaving, Daly explains, is not a “weekend project” but a commitment; her alluring book convinces readers it’s worth the time and effort. -- Publishers Weekly
Weaving can seem like a daunting technique to learn, but in this book textile artisan Daly takes the reader through the entire process from constructing a small loom through to the finished product: woven fabric, rug, or tapestry. The cardboard loom requires only a relatively small piece of sturdy cardboard, ruler, pencil, craft knife or scissors, glue, and an hour or two to construct. Though the illustrations use a frame loom, which is both sturdier and easier to see the work on than the cardboard loom, the concepts are the same. Short sections with large color photographs outline the basics of weaving: tools, types and sizes of yarn/fiber, how a frame loom operates, how to set up or “dress” the loom, a variety of basic weaving techniques, and how to edge or finish the woven piece. Instructions for five projects are also included: a wall hanging, a purse, a place mat, a cushion cover, and a tote bag. Charts accompany the written instructions. A solid introduction to small-scale loom weaving, this is a worthy addition to public-library collections. -- Booklist