Weaving: a handbook of the fiber arts
Part I: A RICH AND TEXTURED PAST. 1. Fiber Art: The First Few Thousand Years. 2. Fiber Art: From the Classical Period to the Industrial Revolution. 3. Fiber Art: The Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Part II: ORIGINS, METHODS, AND MATERIALS. 4. Origins of Hand-Manipulated Fiber Structures. 5. Techniques of Hand-Manipulated Fiber Structures. 6. Looms and Accessory Equipment. 7. Simple Loom. 8. Materials for Weaving. 9. Preparation for Weaving. 10. Drafting. 11. Basic Weave Systems. 12. Compound and Multishaft Weave Structures. 13. Tapestry Weaving. 14. Rug Weaving. 15. Finishing Processes. Part III: A CLOSER LOOK AT WARP AND WEFT. 16. The Spinning Process. 17. Yarn Dyeing. 18. Yarn Patterning. Part IV: THE WORLD OF FIBERS. 19. The Theory of Fiber Art Design. 20. The Practice of Fiber Art Design. 21. The Fiber Artist of Today.
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This appears to be a textbook for a weaving class. Throughout the book are very nice color plates, illustrating both old and new textiles. The first part of the book covers the history of weaving in various cultures and at different stages in history. Part two delves into the mechanics of the loom and weaving. There is a section on drafting and how to read drafts. In this section is a very nice layout for the four shaft weaver of the basic weaves and their drawdowns. From there it surveys a multitude of weaving techniques, hand manipulated weaves and tapestry methods. Card weaving and inkle loom weaving are touched on, but best learned from books that concentrate on these techniques. The last parts of the book go into spinning and dyeing and the principles of design. There are several charts for yarn yards per pound and suggested setts for various yarns and weave structures. This book is an interesting overview of the whole weaving process.
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