Spiraling Notions

Weaving Tricks

Title: Weaving Tricks
Author: Susan Gilmurray
ISBN: 0442261322

Key things I found useful as a new weaver: I was not so interested in the loom types because I already have one but reading about the functions and differences was still interesting. The tips/tricks are invaluable. It reaffirmed for me that weaving is a living art that, something that does not have a right tool or impossible hurdle. and to paraphrase “Weaving, not necessity, is the mother of invention!”

Pros: Indepth explanation on the yarn terms used for weaving yarns. Detailed information on tools and substitutes. Building plan for a warping mill and spool rack. Wealth of tips and tricks such as creating a center pull ball with your hand, making an electric bobbin winder out of some sewing tools. Extensive detail on yarns and how to review them for your use. Section on knots and what is best used where. Drafting information, tapestry basics, measuring for clothing, and finishing techniques.

Cons: Dated publishing, very few photos. Most images are drawings. Not enough detail on problem solving, like brake tension and physical care of the loom, they are suggested but not in great detail.

Overall Impression: I like this book. I think that it is easy to read, matter of fact and nothing is superfluous. I was regretting that I did not read this prior to choosing a loom, although my first loom purchase was based on price not function. The book details types of looms, good methods to create a studio space, storage systems and making your own tools. For example, there is a blueprint for a warping mill, which with a bit of dirt on your hands will probably cost around $50 to make if you have access to a hardware store and some tools. New warping mills cost anywhere from $275 to over $700. The same with a spool rack which can run over $200. There are a wealth of tricks/tips regarding shuttles, bobbins, warping, tension and even recommendations on a toolbox you should have for your weaving and then the second one for your loom and larger tools. This is a great handbook.
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