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The weaving explorer : ingenious techniques, accessible tools & creative projects with yarn, paper, wire & more
Physical Description:
310 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
General Note:
Includes index.
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"The Weaving Explorer takes inspiration from the world of folk weaving traditions, adding a contemporary spin by introducing an unexpected range of materials and home dec projects"--


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Weaving is a highly accessible craft -- over, under is the basic technique -- but the stumbling block for many would-be weavers has been the high cost of a commercial loom. The Weaving Explorer removes that barrier, inviting crafters and artists to try out an amazing range of techniques and creative projects that are achievable with a simple homemade loom, or no loom at all! Weavers Deborah Jarchow and Gwen W. Steege take inspiration from the world of folk weaving traditions, adding a contemporary spin by introducing an unexpected range of materials and home dec projects. From sturdy rag fabric grocery bags to freeform wire baskets, delicately woven thread bracelets to colorful woven rugs, crafters will delight in exploring the opportunities to make their own personal variations on these beautiful -- and functional -- creations.

Author Notes

Deborah Jarchow is a full-time weaver and artist who teaches and lectures on fiber arts, creates and sells wearable art, and exhibits her work at galleries and museums across the U.S. Her commissioned pieces are held by churches as well as in many private collections. Since 2004, she has been an artist in residence, teacher, and weaver at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, California.

Gwen W. Steege has been weaving for nearly 35 years and has exhibited her work in western Massachusetts, where she lives. For many years she acquired and edited a line of craft books at Storey Publishing focused on spinning, dyeing, knitting, crochet, and weaving. In addition to editing fiber crafts books, she is the author of a number of knitting books, including The Knitter's Life List (Storey, 2011).

Reviews 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

Dedicated and newbie weavers will find their dream projects in this lushly photographed primer on using everything from yarn and paper to wire and more to create unique and creative projects. Jarchow, a debut author, and Steege (The Knitter's Life List), who has written or edited a wide range of craft books, view practically anything as a possible material in the weaver's hand, and the diversity of their project list reflects that open-mindedness, with products ranging from a parachute-cord bag to elegant tapestries made from worsted weight yarn. They provide easy-to-understand directions to create such projects as beaded necklaces and bracelets and paper baskets, and, for those interested in making their own loom, an explanation of how to assemble a simple frame one. However, the authors don't limit crafters to the loom, explaining how to make floor mats with a braiding tool known as a lucet, and how to weave "on, or with, some everyday materials: stones, paper, and ribbon." Instructions for calculating yarn requirements, tips for success in different mediums, a glossary of weaving terms, and a list of commonly used materials round out this robust guide. Ideal for hobbyists and artists alike, Jarchow and Steege's smart and beautiful volume will find its way to the keeper shelves of many craft aficionados. (Nov.)

Booklist Review

No looms, heddles, or any fancy kind of weaving equipment needed here (for the most part). Weaver-authors Jarchow and Steege count on the basics even just yarns and sticks to create polished, professional-looking pieces. Each of the 40-plus projects features step-by-step photographs, tips for success, and a design notebook explaining what an author did to create/finish the pattern in addition to the project instructions. Ten artists share their interpretations of the weaving craft through brief biographies and a few samples of their work, while sidebars point out intricacies of weaving a yarn butterfly or using Dorset buttons on a handmade garment. The 360-degree diversity of weaving outcomes, though, isn't fully appreciated until projects are revealed: God's eyes, 16-cord Kunihimo braid, parachute cord mat, leno scarf, wire necklaces, and Danish stars and wreaths, to name a few. Here, it's easy to see why a 25,000-year-old craft has survived and thrived. Appendixes include how to build a simple frame loom, how to make a heddle cradle, how to make a band lock, how to measure a warp, six knots for weavers, commonly used materials, yarn sizes, glossary, and metric conversion chart.--Barbara Jacobs Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

It's A Woven Worldp. 1
Part 1 Weaving On Framesp. 5
Weaving in Circlesp. 7
God's Eyep. 9
Delicate Dorset Buttonsp. 15
Crosswheel Ornamentsp. 21
16-Cord Kumihimo Braidp. 25
What a Lot of Hoopla!p. 29
Spotlight: Tammy Kanatp. 38
Pin-Loom Weavingp. 41
Color-Play Pillowp. 43
Patchwork Pin-Loom Scarfp. 49
Spotlight: Deb Essenp. 52
Free-Form Pendantsp. 55
Framed!p. 63
Biased Hemp Washclothp. 65
Woven Wristletsp. 71
Pretty Plain-Weave Braceletp. 72
Beaded Gap Braceletp. 76
Twined Parachute-Cord Matp. 81
Carry-Allp. 89
Rag-Woven Stool Seatp. 101
Spotlight: Marilyn Moorep. 105
Branching Outp. 107
Tapping Into Tapestryp. 113
A Taste of Traditional Tapestry Techniquesp. 115
Beginning with Two Colorsp. 120
Getting in Shapep. 122
Playing with Texturep. 124
Going Free-Form!p. 128
Spotlight: Rebecca Mezoffp. 132
Spotlight: Michael Rohdep. 134
Spotlight: Sarah Swettp. 136
Spotlight: Rachel Hinep. 138
Part 2 Weaving Beyond The Framep. 141
Backstrap Weavingp. 143
Leno Scarfp. 147
Card-Woven Bookmarksp. 159
Spotlight: John Mullarkeyp. 166
Frameless Weavingp. 169
Lucet-Braid Floor Matp. 171
Beaded Braceletp. 177
Spotlight: Stephen Willettep. 179
Knotless Netting Bottlesp. 181
Bow-Loom Woven Beltp. 187
Wire Necklacesp. 193
Rainbow Necklacep. 195
Choker Chainp. 201
Freya Chainp. 202
Free And Easyp. 205
Small Treasure Bag with Twisted Draw Cordp. 207
Free-Form Vesselsp. 213
Small and Simplep. 214
Free-Form Filigreep. 217
Thoughtful Threads Note Cardsp. 223
All in a Rowp. 226
Compact Parallelsp. 226
Crossesp. 227
Stitched Project Bagp. 229
Rock, Paper, Ribbon!p. 235
Stone-Age Weaving: Paperweightsp. 237
Greetings!p. 241
Spotlight: Helen Hiebertp. 245
Hold It! Paper or Ribbon Basketsp. 247
Brown Bag Basketp. 248
Studded Brown Paper Basketp. 251
Map Basketp. 253
Ribbon Basketp. 254
Danish Stars and Wreathp. 257
Swedish Starsp. 265
Scents of Summer: Lavender Wandp. 271
Tumbling Blocks Triaxial Table Runnerp. 275
Acknowledgmentsp. 284
Appendixp. 285
How to Build a Simple Frame Loomp. 285
How to Make a Heddle Cradlep. 286
How to Make a Band Lockp. 287
How to Measure a Warpp. 288
Six Knots for Weaversp. 291
Commonly Used Materialsp. 295
A Glossary Of Weaving Termsp. 297
Metric Conversion Chartp. 302
Spotlight Artistsp. 303
Indexp. 304