Synopses & Reviews
With instructions for all sorts of projects, this guidebook introduces a well-rounded foundation in the ancient art of weaving. The 10 chapters of this book present weaving techniques such as plain weave and twill, canvas and spot weaves, monk's belt and honeycomb, rosepath, crackle weave, waffle weave, color effects, M's and O's, and true dräll or block damask. The patterns can all be varied by using different types of yarn; for example, blankets and pillows constructed from wool yarns can be adapted to a fine modern rug when changed to linen. Weavers working alone or in classes will be inspired by the rich illustrations and photographs depicting vibrant projects that will provide many satisfying hours at the loom.
"Björk and Ignell provide an accessible collection for novices, filled with 10 different patterns and more than 30 individual projects to copy. . . . The authors feature excellent color photographs and full-fledged instructions, with techniques, materials, weaving finishing, weft sequence, appropriate graphs, and other pertinent information discussed." —Booklist (January 2013)
"This lovely book explores the relationship between color, structure, and function, lending insight into that appealing aesthetic. The author's approach combines the best aspects of a weavers study course with a set of projects that readers will delight in making for their homes. Simple Weaves is a treasure trove of weaving ideas and inspiration." —Hand Woven (January 2013)
Readers will find instructions for weaving all sorts of projects—from towels, place mats, and throws, to rugs, pillows, and curtains. Chapters include weaving techniques such as plain weave and twill; canvas and spot weave; monk's belt and honeycomb; rosepath, Daldrall, and crackle weave; plus waffle weave, color effects, Ms and Os, halvdrall, and true drall. All patterns can be varied by using different types of yarn and suggested weaves can easily be combined.
About the Author
Birgitta Bengtsson Bjork is an experienced designer. Tina Ignell is the head editor of "Vavmagasinet," a Scandinavian weaving magazine. She is the author of "Favorite Rag Rugs" and "Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave."