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Woven Treasures: One-of-a-Kind Bags with Folk Weaving Techniques
     

Woven Treasures: One-of-a-Kind Bags with Folk Weaving Techniques

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by Sara Lamb
 

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With weaving enjoying a resurgence in popularity among crafters and cottage industries worldwide, this guide enables novice weavers to explore basic folk techniques and styles to produce beautiful and evocative handcrafted works of art. From creative conception to completion, aspiring fiber artists are given accessible yet in-depth instructions on hand-manipulating

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With weaving enjoying a resurgence in popularity among crafters and cottage industries worldwide, this guide enables novice weavers to explore basic folk techniques and styles to produce beautiful and evocative handcrafted works of art. From creative conception to completion, aspiring fiber artists are given accessible yet in-depth instructions on hand-manipulating weaving techniques, such as soumak, twining, cut pile, cardweaving, inkle weaving, and plain weave. Containing six easy-to-follow weaving tutorials and projects for eight exquisite hand-woven bags, this manual encourages personal, creative distinctions and promotes understanding and appreciation of the color and textural components of traditional folk weaving style. Designed to instill a sense of creativity and accomplishment through the learned techniques and finished product, this delightful guide is certain to become an essential reference for those starting out in the rewarding and inspirational field of fiber arts.

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"Hand weaving is often perceived as a craft that requires a significant initial investment in equipment. Fiber artist and weaving teacher Lamb's collection of woven bags inspired by folk art demonstrates that this isn't always so." - Library Journal

"A perfect introduction to weaving, combining art and practicality while teaching all the basics." - CraftGossip.com

"Great techniques, clearly taught. Pretty book!" - Knitty.com

"Enables novice weavers to explore basic folk techniques and styles to produce beautiful and evocative handcrafted works of art...Certain to become an essential reference." - Monsters and Critics.com

Library Journal
Hand weaving is often perceived as a craft that requires a significant initial investment in equipment. Fiber artist and weaving teacher Lamb's collection of woven bags inspired by folk art demonstrates that this isn't always so. Using step-by-step directions with corresponding color photographs, she walks weavers through the use of a variety of simple looms and tools, and the finished products are surprisingly complex. While the projects are straightforward enough, this isn't a book for absolute beginners—some knowledge of the terminology and technique of weaving is required.
Knitty.com
Great techniques, clearly taught. Pretty book!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781596681026
Publisher:
Interweave Press
Publication date:
11/01/2009
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Meet the Author

Sara Lamb is a well-known fiber artist and teacher in weaving, dyeing, and spinning. She has written for Handwoven and Spin-Off magazines and contributed to the books All New Homespun Handknit, Colorworks, Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools, and Homespun Handknit. She lives in Grass Valley, California.

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Woven Treasures: One-of-a-Kind Bags with Folk Weaving Techniques 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
kd-did47 More than 1 year ago
Just received my copy and there are some lovely projects i can see doing.  BTW, most projects utilize a rigid heddle loom for the body of the bag and then demonstrate card weaving (or she suggests a inkle loom) for the bands that  make up the bag straps.  I've never done or tried card weaving and while there are many pictures, I'm still  not clear on exactly how the cards are used.  I do know there are many instructional videos out on the web so I'm sure i can muddle through.  Even if if i didn't like the projects as they are, there is a wealth of instruction on ways to use the ridig heddle loom to add color and texture to other projects you may develop on your own as a fiber artist.  Very nice book, very happy to have purchased it!  Look forward to more by Sara Lamb!    
SharonNeth More than 1 year ago
With its richly illustrated images and wonderful how-to hand woven examples Woven Treasures is an excellent book for any person wanting to learn how to weave small projects for themselves.The Author takes you step-by-step on how to develop a design, convert designs into a pattern, she shows you how to execute the weaving pattern into a finished product that looks rich and highly textured. If you have ever wanted to know how to make a flat woven Turkish styled piece but did not know where to begin, she will show you a variety of different traditional Turkish weaving techniques that will move you in the right direction. There are a few different tips and tricks that I personally love that Lamb shares with the reader on how to make gorgeous projects that after the project is completed the reader will learn a new skill. One project that I have learned is how to produce a card weaving band that is used as a accent piece of fabric to frame the hand woven bag that you have just completed. Lamb's step-by-step illustrated examples take the mystery out of the whole process. Personally, I absolutely love this section because I have never been able to understand complex card weaving before when I worked on projects out of my studio. This banding making process is crucial to know how to do because when completed, these bands become the accents needed to make a finished project sparkle. Lamb makes this technique easy to understand and easy to master. Once the reader's fundamental building blocks are mastered the Author provides a fantastic gallery area of examples that the reader will find inspiration from and will have designs that they will want to copy for their own personal use. Lastly, even professional weavers are always looking for different ways on how to finish a project to show interest to their audience.With unique patterns and unusual yarn combinations any advanced weaver can make their finished projects pop. Woven Treasures illustrates that beautifully, with timeless techniques that will add a professional look to any hand woven item that a beginning weaver would accomplish.
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