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Woven to Wear: 17 Thoughtful Designs with Simple Shapes

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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 ...

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Overview


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.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
10/15/2013
There are plenty of how-to books for weavers, but in this collection Murphy (founder, Textile Arts Centre; The Weaver's Companion) combines weaving instruction with patterns for garments and accessories made with handwoven cloth. Designed to take advantage of the unique characteristics of such material, the projects tend toward soft, drapey shawls, ruanas, and tunics. Each project contains draft diagrams, yarn information, and design notes, as well as directions. Beginners (or experienced weavers who could use a refresher) will appreciate the thorough introduction to weaving tools and technique. Brief profiles of prominent weavers and designers are included, along with inspirational photographs of their work. VERDICT Handweaving is poised for a comeback, and this title will appeal to those seeking patterns that don't look like relics from the 1970s.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596686519
  • Publisher: Interweave Press
  • Publication date: 8/12/2013
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 456,953
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

A veteran of the fiber world, Marilyn Murphy is the author of The Weaver's Companion and a contributor to Handwoven magazine. She founded the Textile Arts Centre in Chicago, where she owned and taught at the Weaving Workshop. Marilyn is also a former co-owner of Isis Designs.

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Table of Contents


Introduction

Silhouettes and Sizing
Ethnic Inspired
Anita Mayer: how ethnic-shaped garments and embellishments influences her designs
Contemporary Designs
Liz Spear: working collaboratively with Neal Howard, Laura Sims, Murray Johnston
Your Own
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 garment’s shape
Drape
Joyce Wilkerson: her approach to designing shapes

About Patterns
Designing with zero waste to little waste
Juanita Girardin
Lynn Yarrington
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
2 Shawls
3 Belts
1 Poncho
2 Ruanas
1 Quesquimitl (similar to poncho)
1 Capelet (rounded)
2 Tabard and vest styles
2 Kimono and/or Haori
1 Apron
Weft-face vs warp-face fabric
Alternative warp layouts for narrow to wide fabric widths

Washing
Simple
Fulling and Felting

Sewing
Machine-sewing
Hand-finishing techniques
Jean Jones: simple couture tips that make a difference with handwovens

Finishing Techniques
Simple pleats and tucks
Edges
Closures

Bibliography and Resources

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