Synopses & Reviews
Internationally acclaimed master-weaver Anne Field has been teaching and demonstrating basic and advanced weaving techniques for over 25 years. While most beginner books describe the different weaving techniques and then give examples of how they can be used, Anne has found that people learn best when they can start making things right away. So her latest book takes a project-based approach, where beginners learn the techniques through actually doing a weaving project.
Each project is described in detail, with photographs showing the finished work, as well as the various steps in getting there. The book focuses on shaft looms only, with most projects woven on four-shaft looms and one or two eight-shaft projects. Table looms are also covered. Chapters one and two look at choosing your loom and how to set it up and then it is straight into the projects, which include table runners, table mats, wraps, scarfs, creating fabric for a vest and jacket, cushions, wall hangings and rugs. As well as the more traditional yarns of wool and cotton, Anne also uses the latest yarns, such as Tencel and bamboo, and discusses the use of computers in weaving.
“Anne Field has created a useful book that brings together the devore technique with a variety of textile processes. She has woven and knitted most of the samples, showing her dedication to thoroughly understanding and experimenting with devore.” —Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot on Learn to Spin
"[A] wealth of information [is] packed into the narrative and sidebars, from an enumeration of the properties of wool and the advantages and disadvantages of sheep coats to clear notes about the appropriate uses of various fleeces." " --Booklist" on "Spinning Wool"
“[A] wealth of information [is] packed into the narrative and sidebars, from an enumeration of the properties of wool and the advantages and disadvantages of sheep coats to clear notes about the appropriate uses of various fleeces.”—Booklist
on Spinning Wool
“Each [project] is incrementally more complex (read: more interesting and more difficult) than the previous one. … Throughout the book there are clear and concise diagrams [and] wonderful pictures. … The sidebars alone are worth the cost of the book.”—Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot
Learn to Weave
Master the basics of weaving with internationally acclaimed weaver and spinner Anne Field.
Taking a project-based approach and with a well-founded understanding of the complexities of her craft, Anne deftly guides learners through the essential weaving techniques. Basic information on types of looms and what each is best suited for, how to thread or warp the loom, and getting underway is followed by step-by-step instructions for 11 projects, including practical table runners, mats, and cushion covers; wearable wraps, scarves, and a reversible jacket; through to a decorative wall hanging. Photographs and specially commissioned drawings throughout illustrate the loom and its working parts as well as each step in the weaving process, providing valuable additional guidance. There is also advice on yarn types and using computer-generated weaving drafts.
About the Author
Anne Field had been spinning and weaving since 1960, and for the last 25 years had been teaching regularly in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. Unfortunately she passed away in May 2013. She will be missed in the fiber world. Her work was entered in many exhibitions, both in New Zealand and overseas. Annes published books included Weaving with the Rigid Heddle Loom (1980), The Four-shaft Table Loom (1986), The Ashford Book of Spinning (1986), The Ashford Book of Weaving (1991), Collapse Weave (2008) published by Trafalgar Square Books, Dévoré(2009) Trafalgar Square Books, a new edition of Spinning Wool: Beyond the basics (2010) Trafalgar Square Books, and Learn to Spin with Anne Field (2011) Trafalgar Square Books.
Table of Contents
Part one: Learning to weave
chapter 1: what Is a Loom and how to choose the right one for you
This chapter will describe the different looms through drawings of table looms, floor looms, and methods of lifting shafts (rising shed, counter-march, counter balance). The more complex dobby and computer dobby looms will be briefly described.
These looms will be cross-referenced to photos of actual looms in an appendix.
Main suppliers in the appendix will be Schacht, Louet, Ashford. Mechia, Toika,
Leclerc, Glimakra, Harrisville, AVL.
chapter 2: how to wind a warp and thread a Loom
This chapter will be presented through small photographs describing each stage.
Basic weaving techniques and an explanation of drafts (including using computer
software to draft) will also be covered.
All the following project chapters would conform to this format:
1. Characteristics of the project, including end use.
2. Choosing the correct yarns. Characteristics and burn test.
3. Calculations, choosing sett, warp instructions (length, width, etc).
4. Winding the warp.
5. Threading the loom.
8. Variations to try.
Part two: Projects
Cotton Sampler and Runner: Plain weave/ twills.
What you will learn: Plain weave/twills.
chapter 4: Scarf: Wool.
What you will learn: Twills.
chapter 5: Cocoon: Mixtures of different yarns (wool, cotton), and colors.
Twill or plain weave.
What you will learn: Mixing different yarns.
chapter 6: Table mats: Cotton.
What you will learn: How to thread and weave a pattern (rosepath).
chapter 7: Wrap: Tencel or bamboo.
What you will learn: Stripes in warp and weft.
chapter 8: Fabric for a jacket: Cotton or wool.
What you will learn: Color mixing and theory.
chapter 9: Scarf: Mohair.
What you will learn: How to weave with sticky, fluffy yarns.
chapter 10: Vest: Wool or cotton.
What you will learn: Surface weaves with novelty yarns.
chapter 11: Cushion: Cotton.
What you will learn: Double weave.
chapter 12: Wall hanging
What you will learn: Dyeing the warp.
chapter 13: Floor rug: Wool and linen.
What you will learn: Weft-face weaving in twills
chapter 14: Scarf: Tencel and colcolastic.
What you will learn: Collapse weave.