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Mastering Weave Structures: Transforming Ideas into Great Cloth

A book that teaches you the finer points of weave structure in the same personal way a friend would encourage and inspire you.

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This is the most important new weaving book Interweave Press has published in almost 20 years. Sharon Alderman, one of the finest weavers in America, has written a book that teaches you the finer points of weave structure in the same personal way a friend would encourage and inspire you. Clear explanations, wonderful examples, and color photographs of stunning fabrics introduce you to the fundamental principles of weave structure. Beyond selecting or modifying a draft, Sharon also helps you make decisions about choosing the fibers and yarns you need to produce endlessly inventive fabrics. Comprehensive and detailed, the chapters cover 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. This book is destined to become a new classic and should be on every weaver's bookshelf.
About the Author

Sharon Alderman has been a full-time weaver since 1970. Specializing in fabrics to wear, upholstery and other interior fabrics, and color studies woven of cotton sewing thread, she was awarded the Governor's Award in the Arts, Artist Category, in 1996 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her work has been shown in competitions and invitational exhibitions throughout North America, including the National Museum of Women's Art in Washington, D.C. Her work is in private, corporate, city, county, state, and federal collections. Alderman lectures, gives keynote addresses, acts as a juror, and leads workshops for guilds, art centers, colleges, and at national conferences. She has also taught in Canada and the U.K. Her writing and work have appeared in many weaving magazines: Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot, Textile Artist's Newsletter, Weavers, and Handwoven. She designs and weaves the Swatch Collection series for Handwoven magazine. She has woven prototype fabrics for engineering firms. Among the exotic materials used in these prototypes are nylon monofilament, metal filaments, fusible materials, and nickel-plated carbon fibers. Sharon's background in the sciences has made her uniquely qualified to construct unusual cloth made of unusual materials. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, and studied Basic Design in the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Utah. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah

SKU: 08WV02

Author/Speaker/Editor: Sharon Alderman

Format: Paperback

ISBN 13: 9781596681378

Number Of Pages: 260

Customer Reviews

Brilliant Review by Victoria

Definitely recommended reading. This book clearly explains so much about weave structure and the different weave patterns. For a newbie weaver like me, it is an essential reference.

(Posted on 7/8/14)

Great bedtime reading. Review by Lesley

Book arrived today and so far has given me ideas for the next project that my weaving teacher has proposed. It has answered a few questions already, so I don't have to bother my teacher. The explanations are clear and the photos are inspiring. I'll be taking it to read in bed tonight because I can't wait until tomorrow.

(Posted on 7/4/14)

Best book I have purchased thus far Review by Kathy

I am a beginner that is just starting to weave my first rep, and lace projects. This book is full of four shaft projects then it expands to eight shaft projects. Most have color pictures and great descriptions of the theory of each structure. It also covers yarn selection and best use of the cloth. Well worth the money!

(Posted on 12/16/13)

Great reference book Review by Helen Ting

I am still reading this book but I love it already. A great reference book with practical advice on achieving a good weaving result. I also appreciate the observations about the structure of commercially produced cloth such as poplin which deepen my knowledge of textiles. The photographs are lovely; the only thing I'd say is I wish there were a few more photos of some of a woven product next to some of the descriptions and drafts. Perhaps these can be added to a subsequent edition. But, overall, as a fairly inexperienced weaver, this is just the book I've been after.

(Posted on 10/30/11)