You know how you often get emails from Amazon suggesting books you might like to get? Well, I usually just delete those without looking at the email but recently I got one that would contain new craft books to look at. I clicked on it to see and it suggested a book which I looked at. Then in scrolling through the information found another book.....long story short, there were 3 new weaving books I hadn't known were out there. They came this past week!
Each book is different but with information that's great to have. Each book approaches weaving differently. They're all good reference books to have and filled with pictures and information, how tos, guides to inspire and stretch our weaving abilities.
First, The Techniques and Art of Weaving by Marylene Brahic. I think this book is from Spain although it talks about islands where weaving is done as well. Tons of pictures explain how these people learnt to weave. Didn't see a warping board on any pictures!
It starts with pictures of looms, even measurements if you want to build one. Then it goes into weaving, getting warps on the loom and then some weave structures.
In a way, this book reminds me of what was woven in the 60s but with a twist. It's a definite European flare in information and style.
Not everyone weaves the way we do. This book is definitely one that has some different ways of getting a warp on the loom. Information is knowledge and as weavers we need that knowledge.
I like this book because it's got a ton of information and I think the more we know, the better weavers we'll be. If you want to have a comprehensive weaving library, this book is sure one that would fit in nicely. I'm looking forward to reading it more carefully.
On an interesting aside, under the Bibliography it has no books. Instead it says: "Unfortunately, very little has been written about weaving and even less in book form with step-by-step instructions and an educational guide. However, in the United States, and in countries in Northern Europe, especially in Finland and Norway, there are magazines dedicated to the topic."
Hm, my library begs to differ on that. However, the book was originally published in Spain in 1992. I don't think they really checked for a bibliography last year when they republished it in english. It's still a good book but maybe that's why it seems to have an older twist when it comes to the projects. It's still a good book that's worthy of my shelves. Weaving hasn't really changed over the years and this book is a good instructional addition to the library!
Again, a book that's great for a weaving library!
I am weaving as much as I possibly can right now. I've got about another week that I can weave before we get company and life changes til the end of July. It's always that way in summer for me. I get as much done as I can but it kind of goes on a back burner while we have friends from Europe in for a few weeks....
Until next week,