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Weaving Textiles That Shape Themselves

By Ann Richards

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ISBN: 9781847973191
PUBLISHED: 27/02/2012
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Hardback
SIZE: 260x215 mm
INSIDE: 177 colour photographs

Weaving Textiles That Shape Themselves sounds like a contradiction in terms, but this book sets out to show how textiles can do precisely that: shape themselves. Weaving with high-twist yarns and contrasting materials can create fabrics with lively textures and elastic properties. Although these fabrics are flat on the loom, they are transformed by washing - water releases the energy of the different yarns and the fabrics 'organize themselves' into crinkled or pleated textures.

This exciting book, written by a distinguished weaver and lecturer, explains the processes and potential of this approach. With inspirational pieces, practical know-how and advice about building on experience, it gives a broad introduction to designing with high-twist yarns. Techniques range from plain weave to more complex structures, so the book offers ideas for both beginners and experienced weavers.

Yarn twists and weaves can also be varied across the fabric, so that rectangular pieces completely change their shape when washed. 'Loom-to-body' clothing, needing minimal cutting and sewing, can emerge from a simple change of yarn or structure. These textiles can truly shape themselves.

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" This book is for weavers - and spinners too - who want a solid understanding of high twist yarns and desire to make the most of their potential. "
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Reviewed By: Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot

" This is one of those books that will be in high demand for years to come. The design and technical information is classic. I'm looking forward to spending many hours with this book. "
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" It almost goes without saying that this is not a book for beginners but it is essential reading for weavers of intermediate to advanced level who are fascinated by the properties of yarn and its incredibly complex interaction with woven structure. This is a book which will inspire and raise standards. "
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Reviewed By: The Journal For Weavers, Spinners and Dyers

" Beautifully produced, the book is dedicated to all weavers, whether beginners or professionals. It is the most interesting reading on hand-weaving I have encountered in recent years. "
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Reviewed By: Textile Forum

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