Item description for Mastering Weave Structures: Transforming Ideas into Great Cloth by Sharon Alderman...
This exploration into the structure of various weaves provides an understanding of how each weave works, guiding weavers to design and weave their own beautiful fabrics. The underlying principles that govern a particular kind of structure are explained, as are modifying the basic draft and choosing fibers and yarns. Comprehensive and detailed, the book covers plain weave, twills, satin, waffle weaves, distortions of the grid, three-element weaves, loom-controlled double weave, Bedford cords and piques, loom-controlled pile weaves, and crepe weaves.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.1" Width: 9.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 2.9 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2004
Publisher Interweave Press
ISBN 1931499322 ISBN13 9781931499323
Availability 0 units.
More About Sharon Alderman
Sharon Alderman lectures, acts as a juror, and leads workshops for guilds, art centers, colleges, and at national conferences in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Her writing and work have appeared in Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Textile Artist's Newsletter, Weavers, and Handwoven magazine. She is the author of Handwoven, Tailormade and A Handweaver's Notebook. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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"Mastering Weave Structures" by Sharon Alderman Dec 3, 2007
As a weaver, this text is helping me understand both the "what" & "why" of such things as warping & designing, as well as the total weaving process.What were before a series of steps to be mechanically followed,as in warping, now make sense in a grand way. This text has allowed me to begin "taking control" of the overall weaving process. It is giveing me the confidence to venture beyond previous limits & repititions of "The Known". The knowledge within the covers of this book is converting "MYSTERIES" into "Aha! So THAT is how it's done!" This new KNOWLEDGE has opened the door to NEW ADVENTURES in weaving for me! And finally,this site's bargain price & free shipping made my purcahase possible.
Mastering Weave Structures Oct 17, 2007
Outstanding study & discussion of weave structure and it's affect such as drape, rigidity, uses. Not only includes study of weave structure but also includes her extensive study of color & fiber and their affects. Highly recommended for even the advanced weaver who weaves complex patterns. Nice reminder of some concepts I've forgotten. Not a pattern book. Sharon has stimulated me to reach beyond the known to the unknown.
Excellent book, essential for really understanding weaves Aug 17, 2007
I was very impressed by this book. I just picked it up a few days ago, and already have a much better understanding of what in a weave structure makes stable cloth, what to expect from different weaves in terms of draping and breathe-ability, working with Z and S-spun yarns, and even a bit about what to expect from different fibers (although this is not the focus of the book.) The construction of this book is also excellent--it's a heavy, hardbound book with coated paper and clear, well-shot photography. I'm excited to have this in my weaving library and highly recommend it.
Great for your reference library Apr 4, 2007
Alderman is one of those rare combinations of artist AND teacher. The photographs grab you first. The charts are clear. The explanations are detailed enough for beginners. The various weave structures are charted for 2-, 3-, 4- 6-, 8-, and more-harnesses, as each structure may allow. Those new to weaving might find the directions less intimidating if they read the first two chapters before skimming the later chapters; the explanations will make more sense. This is a good boost to your creativity as well as a source to better understand weave structures.
Worth every penny - a great weavers book Jan 15, 2007
I bought this book at the same time I purchased Twill Thrills, and couldn't tell you which one I like better. Mastering Weave Structures is a must have for every weaver, especially new weavers, or anyone wanting a better understanding of why things look the way they do, and how to make something look the way you want it to. Loads of beautiful pictures are inspiring. A great book for weavers of all levels.