New Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver

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9780025111400: New Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand Weaving for the Beginning Weaver

Dust jacket notes: "Her many years as a weaver and a teacher of weaving have enabled Mary E. Black to write New Key to Weaving, a definitive treatment of the craft and a revision of her previous book, Key to Weaving. Its many new features will be of interest and value to beginners, teachers, and experienced weavers. As an amateur, Miss Black studied weaving as part of an occupational therapy course; later she took an intensive course in Sweden on the theory of advanced weaving. Her book is based on notes gathered during those years. It is designed especially for the beginner, but it is valuable to the teacher as a text for it answers every possible question about the art. Among the new and unique features of this edition are the directions for the Gobelin Tapestry technique. This is perhaps the only book in print which presents detailed instructions and cuts for this and other forms of tapestry weaving. Another noteworthy addition is a chapter devoted exclusively to weaving genuine tartans. The material in New Key to Weaving is arranged according to the various weaves, and the component parts of each weave have been analyzed. The tie-up is explained in its logical relationship to the draft structure. This arrangement is intended to give beginners instruction on a logical basis and, at the same time, to provide an authoritative reference book for the teacher and advanced weaver. The first edition of the book told weavers what to do; this edition tells them not only what to do, but why it is done. An entire chapter is devoted to the theory of weaving, enabling weavers to develop new designs from weaving-book samples or to elaborate on those presented. The tapestry section, the bibliography, and the glossary of weaving terms have been enlarged. A special section lists weaving terms in foreign languages, and 658 accurate and clear original photographs illustrate the text of New Key to Weaving."

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