Synopses & Reviews
Contemporary clothing design is currently influenced by ethnic and tribal weara global melting pot of traditional folkloric costume and ethnic fabric mixes. Silhouettes are roomy, layered and flowing. All these elements easily translate to woven wraps that allow the cloth to take center stage: ponchos with heavy collars, mobius scarves and oversized shawls; ruanas, blanket coats and woven tabards with fringed edgings; and woven belts that wrap and shape the various layers.
Woven to Wear presents 20+ designs and ideas for designing ones own simple garments. Marilyn and several contributors at the forefront of handwoven wearables will offer straightforward patterns and advice for scarves, wraps, shawls, capelets and other garments, along with advice for finishing, cutting and sewing the fabric, adding edgings and closures, and possibly combining woven fabrics with other techniques such as knitting and patchwork.
Chapters will feature designers knows for a particular approach to the chapter topic discussing their work, and offering advice, tips, or patterns.
Woven to Wear is not a how-to-weave primer; it assumes basic weaving knowledge on the readers part. In addition to a variety of finishing techniques, it will offer basic sewing techniques for weavers who dont sew, and information on sizing and fit where appropriate. Woven to Wear will also discuss yarn types and yarn properties for fabrics, and offer advice and information for substituting yarns.
Going beyond patterns, Woven to Wear encourages a mindful approach to the craft. Rather than simply following instructions and using what the loom produces, readers are prompted to produce fabric they want, through yarn selection, weave structure, and deliberate finishing techniques.
Thoughtful designs. Simple shapes.
Create unique fabric and garments you'll want to wear again and again.
In this garment-weaver's handbook, author Marilyn Murphy offers guidance for weaving scarves, wraps, and more. She also provides advice for designing garments, cutting and sewing fabric, adding edgings and closures, and combining woven fabrics with other techniques. In addition, nine contributing designers share their working philosophies.
Garment designs in Woven to Wear are influenced by a global melting pot of traditional folkloric costume and ethnic fabric, in which silhouettes are roomy, layered, and flowing, and the cloth takes center stage.
Handwoven wearables are hot! More than just patterns-discover 17 designs and plenty of ideas for unique fabric and garments you'll want to wear again and again.
Author Marilyn Murphy and several contributors at the forefront of handwoven wearables offer guidance for weaving scarves, wraps, shawls, capelets, and other garments, along with advice for finishing, cutting and sewing the fabric, adding edgings and closures, and combining woven fabrics with other techniques such as knitting and patchwork.
The Woven to Wear designs are influenced by a global melting pot of traditional folkloric costume and ethnic fabric mixes in which silhouettes are roomy, layered, and flowing, and the cloth takes center stage.
About the Author
A long-time veteran of the fiber world, Marilyn Murphy is the author of The Weavers Companion
and a contributor to Handwoven
Magazine. She founded the Textile Arts Centre in Chicago, where she owned the Weaving Workshop and taught hundreds of people how to weave. Marilyn is also a former co-owner of Isis Designs, a womens limited-edition handwoven outerwear and accessories company; she has also designed and woven custom clothing for women and interiors.
She currently works as a consultant for Interweave, and is the editorial video director for video workshops and Knitting Daily TV. In 2010 she was awarded the TEN Award by The National Needlework Association. This award is presented annually to those individuals recognized for their outstanding contributions made to the needle art industry. Marilyn lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Table of Contents
Silhouettes and Sizing
Anita Mayer: how ethnic-shaped garments and embellishments influences her designs
Liz Spear: working collaboratively with Neal Howard, Laura Sims, Murray Johnston
Randall Darwall: creating your vision
Yarn to Fabric
Yarn and Yarn substitutions--show by type and quality
Sampling of Setts and Weaves
Candiss Cole: how weave structures inform a garments shape
Joyce Wilkerson: her approach to designing shapes
Designing with zero waste to little waste
Use of readily-available patterns
Creating your own from schematics
Designing and Weaving
Making a Muslin”
No-Cut to Simple Cut
Ceil Swanson and Nancy Paap: simple shapes woven from chenille
Weaving in combination: Patchwork, Knitting
18 Loom-shaped projects
3 Scarves: Narrow; Mobius; w/ hood
1 Quesquimitl (similar to poncho)
1 Capelet (rounded)
2 Tabard and vest styles
2 Kimono and/or Haori
Weft-face vs warp-face fabric
Alternative warp layouts for narrow to wide fabric widths
Fulling and Felting
Jean Jones: simple couture tips that make a difference with handwovens
Simple pleats and tucks
Bibliography and Resources