The Weaving Explorer: Ingenious Techniques, Accessible Tools & Creative Projects with Yarn, Paper, Wire & More

The Weaving Explorer: Ingenious Techniques, Accessible Tools & Creative Projects with Yarn, Paper, Wire & More

by Deborah Jarchow, Gwen W. Steege


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Weaving is a highly accessible craft — over, under is the basic technique — but the stumbling block for many would-be weavers has been the high cost of a commercial loom. The Weaving Explorer removes that barrier, inviting crafters and artists to try out an amazing range of techniques and creative projects that are achievable with a simple homemade loom, or no loom at all! Weavers Deborah Jarchow and Gwen W. Steege take inspiration from the world of folk weaving traditions, adding a contemporary spin by introducing an unexpected range of materials and home dec projects. From sturdy rag fabric grocery bags to freeform wire baskets, delicately woven thread bracelets to colorful woven rugs, crafters will delight in exploring the opportunities to make their own personal variations on these beautiful — and functional — creations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635860283
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 11/26/2019
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 237,188
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Deborah Jarchow is a full-time weaver and artist who teaches and lectures on fiber arts, creates and sells wearable art, and exhibits her work at galleries and museums across the U.S. Her commissioned pieces are held by churches as well as in many private collections. Since 2004, she has been an artist in residence, teacher, and weaver at Studio Channel Islands Art Center in Camarillo, California. 

Gwen W. Steege has been weaving for nearly 35 years and has exhibited her work in western Massachusetts, where she lives. For many years she acquired and edited a line of craft books at Storey Publishing focused on spinning, dyeing, knitting, crochet, and weaving. In addition to editing fiber crafts books, she is the author of a number of knitting books, including The Knitter’s Life List (Storey, 2011).

Table of Contents

It's a Woven World

Part 1: Weaving on Frames
  Weaving in Circles
    God's Eye
    Delicate Dorset Buttons
       Crosswheel Ornaments
    16-Cord Kumihimo Braid
    What a Lot of Hoopla!
    Spotlight: Tammy Kanat
  Pin-Loom Weaving
    Color-Play Pillow
    Patchwork Pin-Loom Scarf
    Spotlight: Deb Essen
    Free-Form Pendants
    Biased Hemp Washcloth
    Woven Wristlets
       Pretty Plain-Weave Bracelet
       Beaded Gap Bracelet
    Twined Parachute-Cord Mat
    Rag-Woven Stool Seat
    Spotlight: Marilyn Moore
    Branching Out
  Tapping into Tapestry
    A Taste of Traditional Tapestry Techniques
       Beginning with Two Colors
       Getting in Shape
       Playing with Texture
       Going Free-Form!
    Spotlight: Rebecca Mezoff
    Spotlight: Michael Rohde
    Spotlight: Sarah Swett
    Spotlight: Rachel Hine

Part 2: Weaving beyond the Frame
Backstrap Weaving
    Leno Scarf
    Card-Woven Bookmarks
    Spotlight: John Mullarkey
  Frameless Weaving
    Lucet-Braid Floor Mat
    Beaced Bracelet
    Spotlight: Stephen Willette
    Knotless Netting Bottles
    Bow-Loom Woven Belt
    Wire Necklaces
       Rainbow Necklace
       Choker Chain
       Freya Chain
  Free and Easy
    Small Treasure Bag with Twisted Draw Cord
    Free-Form Vessels
       Small and Simple
       Free-Form Filigree
    Thoughtful Threads Note Cards
       All in a Row
       Compact Parallels
    Stitched Project Bag
  Rock, Paper, Ribbon!
    Stone-Age Weaving: Paperweights
    Spotlight: Helen Hiebert
    Hold It! Paper or Ribbon Baskets
       Brown Bag Basket
       Studded Brown Paper Basket
       Map Basket
       Ribbon Basket
    Danish Stars and Wreath
    Swedish Stars
    Scents of Summer: Lavender Wand
    Tumbling Blocks Triaxial Table Runner

  How to Build a Simple Frame Loom
  How to Make a Band Lock
  How to Make a Heddle Cradle
  How to Measure a Warp
  Six Knots for Weavers
  Commonly Used Materials
A Glossary of Weaving Terms
Metric Conversion Chart
Spotlight Artists

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The Weaving Explorer: Ingenious Techniques, Accessible Tools & Creative Projects with Yarn, Paper, Wire & More 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
apeape 3 months ago
Beginners and experienced weavers alike will find lots to keep them busy in this book! There's a wide array of projects, materials, and techniques to choose from, and not one expensive loom needed, as the authors even include how to make various looms for the projects. There are lots of photos and illustrations with each project, plus tips from the authors to help you out. Highly recommended! #TheWeavingExplorer #NetGalley
CathyGeha 7 months ago
The Weaving Explorer by Deborah Jarchow; Gwen W. Steege Ingenious Techniques, Accessible Tools & Creative Projects with Yarn, Paper, Wire & More With beautiful photography and some directions to achieve some of the projects this book has ideas for anyone who might like to try their hand at weaving. Some of the projects took me back to art classes in elementary school and others to recent projects including making coasters from old magazines. That said...there are some gorgeous intricate woven items I might be tempted to try making if my vision were better. The ideas were abundant and ranged from Dorset Buttons and God’s Eyes to creating weavings using branches from outside or hoops or paper or ribbons or...well all sorts of things. The first weaving that I remember was probably creating potholders on little looms. I realized that under-over varying the colors and number of threads and placement could make a huge different in the outcome. Later there were nails on boards with thread involved and even later I remember watching young girls weaving carpets in Egypt and Jordan. Weaving is an interesting hobby but also necessary to daily life. All fabrics are woven and thankafully there are now machines that doe that for us but...for the person that wants a hands-on experience they might find some inspiration in this book. Thank you to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars