The Structure of Weaving by Ann Sutton

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During the past few years the popularity of hand weaving has grown at an amazing rate. This book is for those who have mastered the basic skills of making a warp and setting up a loom, and are now ready to see how this structuring can affect the performance as well as the appearance of the cloth.

Ann Sutton explains how "sett" and "balance" can affect any weave and examines the different traditional and basic interlacements (plain and hopsack; twill and herringbone, etc.), including suggestions for developing them with exciting and original materials that complement these structures. From satin and sateen weaves and their strange roles in designing, floats, mock lenos. Bedford cloths and honeycombs lead on to dramatic double cloths.

An understanding of structure is built up gradually throughout the book so that readers are familiarized with an easy and original way of designing weaves; they will also acquire the ability to work out the necessary threading and lifting. From this moment, the weaver will no longer be dependent on existing weave formulas.

The weaves are shown in diagrammatic form and actual size, in specially commissioned photographs, over half of them in color. Some are historic or ethnic examples, others have been woven specially for the book, many of which are hand-woven prototypes. Everything in the book is possible to weave on an 8-shaft loom, most were woven on 4-shaft equipment, or less.

  • Published in 1982
  • Hardback
  • Used in Very Good Condition (dust jacket shows some wear, inside front cover has some small stains, the rest of the book is Like New)