Magical Materials to Weave: Blending Traditional & Innovative Yarns (Hardback)Lotte Dalgaard (author)
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Inside you'll find valuable insight on how to handle innovative yarns, including suitable weaves, ideas for finishing, advice for experimenting, and explanations of yarn effects and how they are created. In addition you'll find instructions for six gorgeous projects to wear. For weavers who want to learn innovative techniques that blend traditional and high-tech yarns on multi-shaft looms into unique material, this book from highly respected weaver Lotte Dalgaard is the ultimate resources. Dalgaard worked for more than 10 years developing inventive hand-loomed fabric with attractive pleats, folds, frills, and crinkles, working closely with fashion designer Ann Schmidt who took Dalgaard's pioneering fabrics and shaped them into garments-without cutting. The results are fascinating and set a whole new style of hand-woven fashion. Loom-formed textiles are exciting because the cloth becomes the protagonist, not simply a backdrop for the pattern-cutting design skills. Dalgaard now shares her secrets in this straightforward guidebook that includes a helpful list of yarn suppliers, a shrinkage chart, and dozens of illustrative photographs and diagrams, so all weavers can share in the pleasure and play with magical materials.
Publisher: Trafalgar Square
Number of pages: 80
Weight: 458 g
Dimensions: 247 x 216 x 10 mm
This is a very welcome English edition of the Danish version, beautifully translated by Ann Richards. Although a slim book (Lotte Dalgaard was limited to 80 pages by the publisher) she ingeniously manages to make it a treasure trove that overflows with information, inspiration, minute detail and advice. It is generously illustrated throughout with colourful photographs which show experimental samples, tips, clear explanations of methods along with her exquisite woven garments. The book is aimed at weavers who are interested in working with the growing number of 'magical materials' now available. Lotte's enthusiasm and practical experience draws you through section after section introducing 'active' and 'stable' yarns; describing crepe, metal, elastic, easily fulled and shrinking yarns and suggesting ways of working with them. Further inspirational sections follow giving practical instructions for working with 'active' yarns, suggesting suitable weave structures and advice on finishing. Experimentation by weaving samples is encouraged. The book is rounded off with charts on shrinkage, yarns and suppliers (Unfortunately the address for Handweavers Studio has not been updated, it is now located at 140 Seven Sisters Road, London N7 7NS), a glossary and further reading. As if this was not enough there are six innovative projects included to get you going. This book will be invaluable for anyone interested in 'collapse weave' and Lotte's generosity in sharing the results of her research and experimentation give a wonderful head start for our own exploration. As the introduction says "her curiosity, enthusiasm and perseverance shine out from every page".* Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers *
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