Nature Abhors a Vacuum

"Nature abhors a vacuum. And so do I." – Anne Gibbons


It's spring cleaning time again, and while I empathize with Anne Gibbons, I also enjoy dusting out the corners. It gives me a chance to revisit beloved things normally taken for granted: my daughter's ceramics, a painted box my mother brought from Russia, and favorite books on my shelves. And who knows? A book or two may just fall open in the process, and the dusting will have to wait!

 

Starting today, Interweave is having a spring cleaning sale. So I've asked our Handwoven editorial team to tell you about their favorite Interweave books, just in case you have some lonely space on your shelves. Because Mother Nature does abhor… well, you get the idea.


Learning to Weave
Learning to Weave is still
Pattie's "go to" resource.
 

Pattie's pick: "Okay. I'm about to date myself and reveal my paradoxical fuddy-duddiness. I'm an aging hippie, a Luddite; too much technology makes my head hurt, yet where would I be without it? I can't remember a dang phone number so I sure am glad the phone can remember how to dial my grandbabies and my husband's cell phone. I rely on computers and the internet every day, and I can't imagine ever again writing with a typewriter. But I'm also thankful for books – especially weaving books. My "go to" resource is the first one I ever purchased: Deborah Chandler's Learning to Weave. If I really need to calculate yardage, I can find the formula. It assists me when I need a refresher on how profile drafts work, and it serves as a quick reference when I need to substitute a reed or need to be reminded of other weaving things that I learned so long ago. I love this book because I know it safely keeps all that I can't remember. (Has anyone seen my iPod?)"

 

   Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns
  This book reminds Madelyn
that eight can be enough.

Madelyn's constant companion: "Because I’m such a structure person, the Interweave book I refer to over and over again, so often that it is always on my desk and not on my shelves, is  A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns. Not only is it a comprehensive compendium of everything you can do on a loom (structure-wise), the contributing weavers pushed the envelopes of treadling variations and interpretations in amazing ways. I had a sort of funny thought about this book just the other day. As a contribution to our literature, it does for the 8-shaft weaver what Marguerite Davison’s A Handweaver’s Pattern Book did for 4-shaft weavers. But every time I look at Davison, I long to see the fabrics in color—I notice that the photos are black and white. But when I leaf through A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns, I never think of that. The structures themselves fill me up. Go figure! I want to weave everything in that book. Not only that, but it always reminds me that in case I ever have to have only one loom, eight shafts are enough for a happy weaving life."

 

Surprise! I can't choose! The Handweaver's Pattern Directory has seen me through many a weaving project. Anne Dixon's book has over 600 weaves for four-shaft looms, making it a treasure trove of ideas, and the drafts and photos ARE in COLOR(!) making it so much easier to visualize the fabric I'm about to create. But I also refer to it often for Anne's clear, practical advice on selvedges, sett, beat, color, and more. I also love to lose myself in The Weaver's Studio: Doubleweave. The photography is beautiful, the projects are inspirational, and I can hear my friend Jennifer Moore in every lucid, enthusiastic word.

 

Mastering Weave Structures  

Linda doesn't play favorites,

but she loves the elegance of

Mastering Weave Structures.
 

Linda loves them all: "What’s my favorite weaving book that Interweave has published? What’s my favorite child! Of course I love Learning to Weave, and I love A Weaver’s Book of 8-Shaft Patterns. I love them all. I love the ones that are long out of print – books by Jean Wilson, Virginia West, Penny Drooker, all the people who have loomed large in my own weaving life.  I love the ones we did for love, not money: The Weaving Roses of Rhode Island, Weaving A Life (the Mary Meigs Atwater memoir.) But for its sheer elegance and clarity, I love Sharon Alderman’s Mastering Weave Structures. Sharon writes like an angel and thinks like an engineer –– a great combination!"

 

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