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Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom: Discover the Full Potential of the Rigid-Heddle Loom, for Beginners and Beyond

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Rigid-heddle weaving is simple to learn, is easy to master, and offers a lifetime of possibilities to discover! Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom covers everything rigid-heddle weavers need to know about the craft, from the basics — how to select a loom, set it up, and get started — to a wide variety of fun techniques that yield beautiful results. Begin by exploring a var ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published November 3rd 2015 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published August 25th 2015)
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Steph You're mixing up types of looms. This type of loom weaves flat cloth. You're looking for a knitting loom.…moreYou're mixing up types of looms. This type of loom weaves flat cloth. You're looking for a knitting loom.(less)
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Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
My New FAVORITE!!! Weaving Books - Can we say, "Fix Boo-Boos"? Having just purchased my first loom, a Schacht Cricket Rigid Heddle 15”, I was very pleased when I was asked to review Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom by Syne Mitchell. At its most basic, and historical, weaving is simply pulling fibers in an over and under pattern to create cloth.
 
In 2009, a team led by two Harvard professors working in the Republic of Georgia uncovered the oldest remnant of woven cloth found thus far: a 34,000-y
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Altivo Overo
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: weavers, crafters, knitters
Shelves: weaving, textiles
I began weaving seriously in 1988, on a four harness floor loom. It was a number of years before I discovered the fact that rigid heddle looms can do almost as much, though the approach to some of the weave structures is quite different. A friend gave me a rigid heddle loom, and I looked it over and set it aside for quite a while before actually trying it. I was excited to find how much I could do with such a simple, portable tool. Then I proceeded to read all the reference material I could find ...more
Leyla Johnson
Jun 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a really amazing book. I took weaving as a subject at our technical college and after 6 months I made a number of simple items on 4shaft loom. This was enough for me to want my own loom. Twelve months later I found one a ridge-heddle loom - one problem - I forgot bits that where important and different looms different look. My notes just don't do it. This book is like the course I took only better, there are easy to follow pictures, instructions and explanations and more much more. I wou ...more
Amyde
Jul 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful masterclass on rigid he addle weaving. Confident and conversational. EXCELLENT Illustrations.
Christina
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first crafting book which I have read from cover to cover. It was excellent for beginners, but I skimmed the last third or more of the book because it was full of more creative and challenging ideas to keep me busy later. I was especially impressed with how much useful information was packed into every page. There were so many tips and side notes that have undoubtedly saved me from all sorts of newbie learned-it-the-hard-way scenarios. I found the formatting very pleasant and easy to ...more
Lady Gwen
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Essential Reading for New Weavers

I wish I had discovered this when I first started weaving. This book has so much fabulous information on all sorts of different categories of topics. It is very clear and concise, and to the point. It has wonderful descriptions and illustrations, which clearly explain everything. I think that anyone who wants to take up or experiment with weaving, should definitely purchase this book as a resource. It’s not just for beginners, it explains how to do some very comp
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Laura
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Like other intro books, it covers a lot of ground, opting to try to explore the full range of what's possible on a rigid heddle loom, rather than diving into detail on any one technique. FWIW, I liked this book a little more than "The Weaver's Idea Book", though they are very similar. It covers a bit more (3-heddle weaves; using unexpected materials; duop leno), though it had fewer samples of exploration within each technique.

(I checked this out from my local library on Kindle. Again, the digit
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Kathi
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book called to me in the bookstore and I am happy that it did! I have been wanting to weave but never had the time of money. Retirement was my solution. This book came at the right time. It is a wonderful reference book filled with so much info. It will be my go to book for my weaving projects providing info on the types of rigid heddle looms, warping, heddle sizes, yarns, patterns, finishing projects, fixing problems (wonderfully supportive) and all of the time detail within and throughout ...more
tinyteaplots
I recently bought a Schacht Flip loom and added weaving to my (already very full) fiber arts repertoire. Of course I had no weaving experience at all prior to making this decision, but I like to jump in head-first in all new art endeavors. This book is all I needed to get started, and it stays in my studio by my loom for quick reference. Every time I pick it up I spot a bit of info I may have missed on the previous read, as this is quite comprehensive. So far my projects have been simple Tabby ( ...more
Kerstin
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weaving
This has about everything you need to know about rigid heddle weaving. From how to warp your loom to troubleshooting. Many of the techniques/patterns that are given and their corresponding projects are attractive, even if some of them I don't see myself making. Too often in books like this you get stuff where you wonder how did they come up with this? Lots of clear step-by-step pictures to go along with the descriptions. ...more
Fran R
Nov 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing Book!

This book contains an incredible amount of information. Learn how to translate weave structures from rigid heddle to floor looms, weave with a variety of yarns and experiment with a variety of structures. As an experienced weaver, I was impressed with how much information is provided. This is a book for all weavers whatever your level of experience.
Melody
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am new to weaving and bought this book to go with my first loom (an Ashford 32" Rigid Heddle Loom). The book was extremely informative and laid out in a logical manner. I would encourage anyone who is new to weaving to pick up this book.

I am notorious for picking up craft "how-to" books and just looking at the pertinent information to my current project. I read this book cover to cover.
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Mary Ann
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great book to get you started weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom. I've only done one of the patterns so far - Morse Code scarf that reads "I Love You" and it came out great. I look forward to finishing the book and to do more patterns. ...more
Nina
May 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you are wanting to learn to weave with a rigid heddle loom, this book is the first book you need. Filled with lots of information, patterns, pictures, where to buy looms, and more books on weaving.
Great book.
Ruth
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crafts
What an incredible amount of wonderfully presented weaving knowledge.

There are hundreds of pictures and ideas of how to incorporate what can be learned from this book.

A must-own for any weaver at any level in their journey.
Shawn Michelle
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book has been extremely helpful! It covered ALMOST everything I was looking for. The only thing it was missing in my opinion was instructions to do double wide cloth. (I was really hoping it would cover that.)
Deborah
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crafts-arts
As a novice weaver, this is a really good book.
Rebecca Ann
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love all the fantastic ideas in this book!
Diana Koenig
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book to learn the basics and learn a few advanced patterns. Also has advice on how to correct mistakes and taking care of your loom.
Cass
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Lots of good basics, plenty of project ideas to try them out.
Lora
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A good reference book. Not to be read from cover to cover, but handy for weavers on small looms
Cindy Brothers
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful resource for weavers on a Rigid Heddle loom
Frank Reiter
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: weaving
Rigid heddle looms can do so much more than one might think. This book will give you a taste of many different techniques. Packed with useful information. I recommend this book without reservation.
Emily Wells
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-nf, craft-books
Makes me long for a hobby that I have no time for and is potentially beyond the capabilities of my patience. Beautiful book! Very descriptive and has some neat projects in it!
Annette McIntyre
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: craft, non-fiction
An absolutely amazing reference book for anyone who weaves, regardless if they are a beginner (or even just thinking about it) or an experienced weaver. This is one book that I am going to be adding to my reference collection.

Just flicking through this book gave me the push I needed to get out my loom (I have had it for several months and not even touched it - and it came with some weaving on it, so I didn't even have the excuse of not knowing how to warp it up as an excuse for not having a go)
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Janka H.
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"So if you want to be a better weaver, grab a loom and get on with the mistake making!"

When reading a craft book, you normally get a book with few teoretical pages and lots of "recipes". This is NOT what you get here. This is book about techniques, tips and tricks anyone can use, from beginners to more advance readers (although I would recommend it to those who are attending weaving classes or who have some experience). The authoress both loves weaving and has great teaching skills, obviously -
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penny shima glanz
Jul 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
While the information within Inventive Weaving can be found over several other titles published over the past few years by different authors, it is nice to see a range of weaving information in one volume that could be kept by the loom for quick reference. Syne Mitchell has packed several weaving courses into this book and it deserves a place on every weaver's bookshelf whether they are on their first warp or experienced and looking to take this oft-overlooked loom to new places.

NetGalley gener
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Gina R Mitchell
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This has been my go-to rigid-heddle weaving book for several years. The instructions are clear and concise. The photos are detailed and well-done. Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom covers so many varied topics. It’s not just simple weaving, but includes color theory, troubleshooting, techniques, and more in easy to understand language.

The book is not just for new weavers. While I was definitely a beginner when I first bought this book, I learned so much from reading it. The joy of Inventive Wea
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Debbie
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Lynne Petty
Shelves: art-and-craft
This amazing book fills me with great hope and excitement. As a beginning weaver, I wanted to know what I could do with a loom other than make 749 scarves. (I have enough scarves, thank you.)

The photographs in this volume are not only colorful, but very helpful for the visual learner. Unfortunately, I am not adept at just reading instructions and making it happen. I need to see it.

I can't wait to try some of the more advanced techniques after I have played with the basics ones for awhile.

Disclai
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*Angela*
Dec 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I hoped it would be. I am an avid knitter, but have never used a loom and wanted to know more because I love to play with yarn. With both detailed descriptions and excellent illustrations, this book walked me through the possibilities available on a rigid-heddle loom. I can’t wait to get started!

Disclaimer: I requested this book and was given a free digital copy by NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am not an easy grader when it comes to reviews, but
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