Today, I completed my reading of “Next steps in weaving” by Pattie Graver. I am glad that I picked up this book at my local library because I found it to be filled with a logical step by step process of learning about structures using a 4 shaft table loom. The Book covers Twill, Color-and-Weave, Overshot including Mok’s Belt, Summer and Winter, Lace – both Atwater Bronson and Huck.
In each chapter Pattie explains the new structure in detail and presents both a sampler project and a functional project for the weaver to complete. The samples are going to weave up in an afternoon or evening, the projects will take a bit longer. The goal of the book is to have the weaver get used to making samples that are completed separate from a project warp, and are used to explore the inner workings of pattern design possibilities using only changes in structure.
I became a “weaver”; that is, before I was able to progress from “knowing how” to “knowing why”.
My desire to get weaving was far stronger than any longing to understand weave structures.
You’ll gain experience much faster by working on smaller piece and you’ll have fewer surprises when you do move to full projects.
Scarf of Lucky Colors
Hydrangea Bouquet Scarf
Contemporary Overshot Towels
Summer and Winter Placemats
An Atwater-Bronson Lace Table Runner
The project that I will be completing from this book are the samplers. I have been weaving on 8 shafts or more for a while I have yet to explore all of these structures on a 4 shaft loom.
My favorite project to try will be the shadow weave. In this book Pattie Graver provide a very thorough explanation of how Shadow weaves can be created from twill drafts. I have not seen this type of explanation before.
Link to Next steps in weaving on the weaving resources page: https://historicweaving.com/wordpress/weaving_resources/next-steps-in-weaving-what-you-never-knew-you-needed-to-know