Textile Terms Dictionary

Weavers and spinners are truly an international audience. I have begun to compile a dictionary of weaving terminology, so that we can all communicate better with each other. Can you help expand our weaving and spinning related definitions? Do you know the correct translation for a weaving term in another language? Please contact me to submit your information to our site.
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How to Warp a Table Loom Front to Back

I find that warping a loom from the Front to the Back, much faster and easier than the traditional method of warping from Back to Front. You don’t need to use a raddle as the reed separates the warp threads evenly across the loom. I use this warping method quite a lot as I […]

Greek Flokati Rugs

A few years ago on a wonderful holiday to Corfu, Greece I purchased a beautiful sample of a Greek Flokati rug. It had been woven by my friend, Agathi the weaver, in Kassiopi, Corfu. She very kindly explained to me how these wonderful rugs are woven. The shaggy weft wool pile was made of […]

Table Mat Rigid Heddle Weaving Project

I recently purchased a rigid heddle loom to add my loom collection (one loom just isn’t enough). I have always woven on floor looms so to return to weaving on a small table loom is a bit of a learning curve. Although the rigid heddle is a simple design, it can produce some wonderful […]

Grene Braided Edge Finish

Grene rugs and blankets were a traditional style of blanket woven by the Saami on warp weighted looms. They were made of hand spun wool. The top edge of the blanket had a braid that was woven using a Saami weaving reed. The weft threads of the braid were the ends of the lengths […]

Eco-Printed Eucalyptus Leaf Dye

Having read India Flint’s wonderful book on eco colour and printing, I discovered that you can get some beautiful natural dyes using Eucalyptus leaves. So during a recent holiday in Corfu, I gathered a bag full of Eucalyptus leaves from the trees that were growing along the roadsides and thought I would give it […]

Paper Yarn Placemats Weaving Pattern

This pattern is woven in tabby but use different types of yarns giving an interesting effect. The placemats and table runner are woven using 22/2 cottolin for warp. This is woven in a thick/thin rep weave, using paper yarn and hemp single ply tow yarn as the weft. You can substitute the hemp with […]

How to Make a Tin Embroidered Key Chain

Tenntrådsbroderi, or embroidering with pewter or tin thread is almost a lost art. The Saami used tin thread since the 1600’s to decorate their clothing. The tin was obtained by melting down old pewter plates and dishes and was spun into thread. The use of pewter thread has recently become fashionable in jewellery items […]

Black Bean Dye Recipe

I had heard that it was possible to dye yarns using black beans but have never tried it before so last week when I went grocery shopping I looked for some. I purchased a 500 gram bag of Turtle Black Beans from my local Waitrose grocery store.

I placed all of the beans into […]

This page last edited on March 11, 2015


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Handweaving Books

Weaving for Beginners: An Illustrated Guide (Peggy Osterkamp's New Guide to Weaving Series) Provides beginners with the information they need to weave in a clear and enjoyable step-by-step way. UK: Weaving for Beginners
The Handweaver's Pattern Directory Introduction to the tools, equipment, fibers, and yarns used with four-shaft looms, this reference features patterns for 600 different weaves, including twill, zigzag, diamond, herringbone, and block UK: Handweavers Pattern Directory
The Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns A thousand different patterns on more than 25 weave structures. UK: 8 Shaft Patterns
The Weaver's Companion (The Companion Series) Information on looms, yarn, methods of warping, drafting, troubleshooting, planning, and fabric finishing. UK: Weavers Companion
A Handweaver's Pattern Book A collection of 377 patterns for four-harness weaving, organized in groups of similar designs. This is one of the first weaving books I bought and it is still one of my favourites. UK: Handweavers Pattern Book
The Magic of Handweaving About the art of hand weaving, including the history and heritage of this timeless art, how looms work, what tools and equipment to use, the basics of good technique. UK: Magic of Handweaving
The Big Book of Weaving: Handweaving in the Swedish Tradition: Techniques, Patterns, Designs and Materials This book covers basic subjects such as warping a loom and making bobbins of weft, as well as more elaborate, highly decorative projects: baby blankets, shawls, table cloths, and linen hand towels. UK: Big Book of Weaving
The Treasure Chest of Swedish Weaving Complete pattern drafts for rugs, curtain, table cloths, towels, bedspreads. UK: Treasure Chest of Swedish Weaving
Hand Weaving Patterns From Finland UK: Handweaving Patterns from Finland
Keep Me Warm One Night: Early Handweaving in Eastern Canada Coverlets & other items, including clothing, primarily of the 19th Century. UK: Keep Me Warm
Manual Of Swedish Handweaving A comprehensive book on handweaving in general which draws on the Swedish handweaving tradition, looms, charts, diagrams, weave composition patterns, technical drawings. UK: Manual Of Swedish Handweaving
Swedish Handweaving 180 handweaving patterns for pillows, curtains, blankets, rugs: 4 harness twills, honeycomb, lace, rosepath, extended point twills, damask. UK: Swedish Handweaving
The Weaver's Book: Fundamentals of Handweaving UK: Fundamentals of Handweaving
Key to Weaving: A Textbook of Hand-Weaving Techniques and Pattern Drafts for the Beginning Weaver A definitive guide to handloom weaving: step-by-step instructions, intricacies of color, fiber and how to use them effectively. UK: Key to Weaving
Weaving For Worship Handweaving for Churches and Synagogues UK: Weaving for Worship
Jacquard's Web: How a Hand-Loom Led to the Birth of the Information Age From the Industrial Age to the Information Age, connecting the loom to thefirst proper computer. UK: Jacquards Web
Mastering Weave Structures How to design threadings, channel the design power of the tie-up, and make the most of threading options, as well as understand fibers, setts, and color interactions. UK: Mastering Weave Structures
Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave: 45 Stylish Designs for the Modern Home A collection of 45 different furnishing textiles: colorful blankets, fanciful table runners, classic curtains, and embroidered hand towels. UK: Favorite Scandinavian Projects to Weave
Rug Weaving Techniques: Beyond the Basics Concise instructions and explanatory diagrams techniques for plain weave, twill and block weaves. UK: Rug Weaving Techniques
Weaving Made Easy: 17 Projects Using a Simple Loom The small, portable rigid heddle loom can be used to easily produce loose, drape-friendly fabric as well as dense, sturdy material. UK: Weaving Made Easy
The Weaver's Idea Book: Creative Cloth on a Rigid Heddle Loom Techniques include leno, Brooks bouquet, soumak, and embroidery on fabric. UK: Weavers Idea Book
Collapse Weave: Creating Three-Dimensional Cloth Collapse cloth when removed from the loom and washed, takes on an entirely different appearance as the threads draw up and create puckers. UK: Collapse Weave
The Weaver's Studio: Doubleweave How to weave a tube, and a tube within a tube. UK: Doubleweave
Hands on Rigid Heddle Weaving Wonderful projects and plain-weave variations, this user-friendly guide covers choosing, setting up, and weaving on a rigid heddle loom. UK: Hands on Rigid Heddle
The Woven Bag: 30+ Projects from Small Looms (Writers Digest Guides) Each bag is created using small looms, such as potholder looms, frame looms and knotted mesh looms. UK: The Woven Bag

Linen Weaving

Linen from flax seed to woven cloth Learn about flax cultivation, processing and spinning, natural and synthetic dyeing, and weaving and finishing linen cloth. UK: Linen from flax seed..
How to weave linens UK: How to Weave Linens
Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving Flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns. UK: Reflections from a Flaxen Past

Rug Weaving Books

Making Rag Rugs: 15 Step-by-Step Projects Step-by-step instructions for 15 rugs that are hooked, prodded, clipped, or braided. UK: Making Rag Rugs
The Rag Rug Handbook Rag rugs from basic information to drafts for 20 traditional two- and four-shaft patterns. UK:Rag Rug Handbook
The Braided Rug Book: Creating Your Own American Folk Art The classic guide to an enduring American craft - Beginners will learn about wools and other materials, how to care for finished rugs, and how to recognize a quality rug. UK: Braided Rug Book
Twined Rag Rugs: Tradition in the Making Twining done with rag strips is an effective technique for making sturdy objects like rugs, bath mats, baskets, and bags. UK: Twined Rag Rugs

Weaving Videos

Warping the Loom Back to Front - A DVD Workshop with Peggy Osterkamp This workshop thoroughly explores the process of dressing a loom by yourself, from back to front. UK: Warping the Loom

Silk Textile Books

The Silk Weavers of Kyoto: Family and Work in a Changing Traditional Industry The makers of obi, the elegant and costly sash worn over kimono in Japan, belong to an endangered species. Tamara Hareven integrates historical research with intensive life history interviews to reveal the relationships among family, work, and community in this highly specialized occupation. UK: Silk Weavers of Kyoto
Silk Paper: A Guide To Making It And Using It In Textile Art the basic methods for creating silk paper in step-by-step detail to create flat and 3D designs, from framed pieces to jewelry. UK: Silk Paper
The Book of Silk Following the Silk Road from China and Japan through Asia into Europe, the story is as variegated as the rich colors, weaves, and embroideries that were used for the ceremonial or everyday accoutrements of the wealthy and powerful. UK:Book of Silk

Weaving and Dye Books

Woven Shibori (The Weaver's Studio series) Unlike traditional shibori, which uses stitches placed by needle on commercial cloth in the dyeing process, the "stitches" used in this new process are woven directly into the cloth, thus becoming part of the cloth's construction. UK: Woven Shibori

Weaving Books: Kindle

Small Loom & Freeform Weaving Kindle version Included are 30 small weaving projects, some of which can easily be completed in an evening or weekend. UK: Small Loom and Freeform Weaving


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