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Persian Carpets: aa040797

Handmade carpets have been made throughout the history of civilization. Some of the oldest carpets discovered date back to the 7th century B.C. Major Persian rug weaving areas were in Turkey, Pakistan and Iran.

Weaving techniques were passed on through families. Regions and villages had their own unique styles and colours of carpets.

Carpets were woven on two types of looms. The horizontal loom was typically used by nomadic people. The vertical looms were primarily used in the larger cities.

Two types of knots are generally used in Persian carpets.
ghiordes
The Ghiordes or Turkish knot is looped around two warp ends. Finger hanks or bobbins of various colours are picked up as needed and passed through the warp thread, over 2 warp threads and back under the second warp thread. The weaver then cuts the thread after each knot is tightened.
seneh
sehna knot
The Seneh (or Sehna) knots loops around one warp thread and protrudes into the next warp thread. Because the knots are tied onto each warp thread, it gives a more even distribution of pile for the rug. Using a finger hank or bobbin of yarn, it is passed under a warp thread, over the same warp thread and then under the next warp thread. The yarn is then cut.

After a row of knots is tied, a weft thread is woven across the width of the rug, securing the knots into place. The number of weft threads woven, can vary depending on depending on the length of pile and thickness desired. Knots are not tied up to the selvage, rather a technique called Argatch is used to strengthen the edges of the carpet. Extra picks of weft thread are woven to fill in the space of the missing knots.

After the rug is completed, it is cut again to produce an even pile. The carpet is then brushed to open up the pile.

Cotton yarn is generally used for the warp. The weft is made of wool, silk or mohair.

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Angora Rabbit Fibre: angorarabbit

Angora bunnies are cuddly and their fluffy fiber is a delight to spin.

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Angora On-line Technical Manual
This site is dedicated to your success and happiness with Angora rabbits. Advice is given
on breeding, feeding, wool block, mites and grooming.

Cornerstone Fibres – Rocky Meadow Rabbits
Rocky Meadow Rabbits has info on rabbit care, bunnies for sale and of course, fluffy fibre
for sale.

The English Angora Resource
A good collection of info about feeding, grooming and showing your rabbits.

Folklore Fibers
Folklore Fibers raise angora rabbits and also provide a fiber processing service.

Little Angora House on the Prairie
Angora rabbits, angora goats, spinning fibre and handgrown items.

Litter Box Training
Yes, you can train your pet rabbit to use the litter box. They do like to chew furniture, though.

Handspinning Books: Angora Rabbits

Angora Q&A
Angora rabbit History, Do Angoras Offer Me An Opportunity?, That Little Animal – The Angora, How Can I Get Started?, What Equipment Do I Require?, How, and What Shall I Feed?,

Angora Rabbits and Their Wool

The Angora Rabbit – Kindle
A complete guide for the amateur and professional rabbit keeper. This guide will give you complete information on hutches, feeding, managing your buck and doe, as well as diseases and their treatment.

Angora A Handbook for Spinners
For those who want to raise an angora rabbit for its wool.

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Navajo Rugs: aa031097

Native American Navajo rugs were influenced by the Pueblo Indians and by the Spanish explorers.

Navajo rugs are handwoven on an upright loom. The wool is handspun and dyed using natural dyestuffs. Black or grey came from the natural colours of the sheep. Yellow was made from turnip roots or sage. Senna gave a rust colour and walnut was used for brown.

Navajo rugs are hand manipulated. Each thread is woven by passing it by hand over and under the warp threads. A few of the techniques, that are also common to other tapestries are described.
slit
In the Slit technique, each colour is woven back and forth, separately. This is generally used in small sections as a slit is created in the rug.
warp interlock
Two colours can also meet by wrapping around the same warp thread. The Warp Interlock creates a jagged edge and is used in diagonal joins.
weft interlocka
In the Weft Interlock, the two adjoining colours wrap around each other between two warp threads. It is used on long vertical joins.


Diagonal (or other) shapes are woven using a combination of interlocking techniques. The steepness of the diagonal determines when to change to the next colour.

D. Y. Begay described the process of weaving a Navajo rug. How the sheep are shorn, the wool is carded and spun on a Navajo spindle and dyed using natural dyes such as mistletoe fungus found on juniper trees, yellow from Chamizo stems and flowers, and rose colours from the prickly pear cactus fruit. She also uses black beans, walnuts, cedar bark, blood roots, onion skins and cochineal for her rich palette of colours.
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Navajo weavers today such asLena Ateneare teaching their craft to their children, hoping to pass their knowledge on before it is lost forever. She describes her life as a weaver and her respect for the loom.
[http://www.math.utah.edu/~clemens/Stories/Lena.html]

Fleecing Navajo Weavers
The popularity of Navajo rug designs has allowed some fair trade businesses to thrive while Navajo weavers suffer. Thousands of Diné (Navajo) weavers face formidable competition as their historic patterns, increasingly reproduced abroad, are imported and sold via sophisticated marketing schemes, including hundreds of websites on the internet.

Navajo Women Artists in Resistance are members of the sovereign Dineh Nation. Their website describes their desire to protect their traditonal lands, language and culture of weaving, silversmithing and agriculture.

Sadie Curtis Navajo Weaver

Navajo Weaving Books

The Goat in the Rug
Geraldine is a goat, and Glenmae, a Navajo weaver. One day, Glenmae decides to weave Geraldine into a rug.

Blanket Weaving in the Southwest
A masterful classification scheme for southwestern textiles—and a book that establishes an essential baseline for understanding craft production.

One Hundred Years of Navajo Rugs
Designed for the general reader, museum goer, or collector, it offers a guide to identifying and dating rugs by means of weaving materials. Wool quality, the author explains, is the single most important clue to the date of a rug’s manufacture. Rodee also provides historical background on the great Navajo weavers and especially on the traders who bought rugs from the Navajo.

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Basketry

Coiled Wool Basket
Instructions for making a coiled basket using Fantti wool yarn.

Basketmakers
About.com’s former Basketry Guide, Susi Nuss has moved her material to a new website.

Holiday Basketry


Natural Baskets features baskets and garden ornaments of barks such as birch and red pine; grasses and leaves such as cattails, cornhusks, yucca, iris, and pine needles; vines such as red-twig dogwood, willow, and honeysuckle; and horsehair.

Handmade Baskets: From Nature’s Colourful Materials
Handmade Baskets emphasizes collecting natural materials for basketry.

The Art of Basketry
This is a guide through basic and progressively more complex basketry techniques illustrated with Lonning’s rattan reed baskets.

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Beadloom Weaving

Free bead weaving patterns and projects you can make with beads. Because beadloom patterns are based on a grid, they can be easily adapted for use in woven beadwork tapestries, inlay designs or transparencies.

Beaded Bag Patterns
Free beadwork patterns for weaving beaded bags and purses.

Bead-covered Mummy
Archaeologists have just discovered a mummy wrapped in beadwork and black linen. The coffins had inscriptions that dated to the 26th Dynasty, and had a statue of a god called Petah Sakar who was the god of artisans.

Sami Weaving Reed
Add beads to your woven braids.

Games

Bead Game
A simple on-line game to make a string of coloured beads.

Virtual Bead Loom
Virtual Bead loom software that allows you to simulate traditional loom designs, and create new virtual designs of your own.

How-to

Sliding Knots
Ruby’s Beadwork shows how to make sliding knots.

How to Become a Stitch Pro
The Beadwork Daily website has a checklist of popular beadweaving techniques:
Peyote stitch, Brick stitch, Right angle weave, Square stitch, Herringbone stitch, Ladder stitch, Triangle weave, Netting, Spirals, Fringe.

Loomwork Basics
Bead and Button provides instructions on how to warp a beadloom, weave a pattern and finishing techniques.

Patterns

Aunt Molly’s Bead Street
Aunt Molly’s has a selection of loomwork bead strip patterns.

Peace and Unity
Patterns of a dove and peace symbol.

Beading My Life Away
A nice collection of patterns you can download for beadwork, or even woven tapestry or inlay design ideas. (swans, cardinals, dogwood, lighthouse, horse, rose)

Hecuba’s Bead Graphics
Free Native American style graphic designs for beadwork.

Amulet Purses
Beautiful beaded purses designed by Kathi Lawson. Her site also has some lovely beadwork graphics and clipart.

Amulet Bag
An off-loom amulet bag from CraftsnLace.

Beadweaving Basics
Simple instructions for using a beadloom.
Beading Samplers
Beadwrangler has excellent instructions for making a wide variety of beading stitches.

Bell Flower
The Native Essence website has free beadwork patterns for the beginner and more advanced beader.

Peyote Stitch Pouch
A lovely bag woven in tubular peyote stitch.

Holiday Beadwork

St. Valentine’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day
Easter
Hallowe’en
Christmas Beadwork

Beadwork Books

Handcrafted Wire Findings: Techniques and Designs for Custom Jewelry Components
Over 30 projects for making custom wire findings from your wire stash, each accompanied by step-by-step photographs and directions.
UK: Handcrafted Wire Findings

Patterns in Polymer: Imprint and Accent Bead Techniques
Covers basics of polymer design, color inspiration and recipes, and needed tools and materials.
UK: Patterns in Polymer

Beaded Allure: Beadweaving Patterns for 25 Romantic Projects
Add a romantic twist to your creative time with 10 beadweaving stitches and 25 projects.
UK: Beaded Allure

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