I loved Ms Poff's first book with its gorgeous designs and assumed this would be more of the same. Yes, there are some great patterns in this book, but its so much more: its a book of the skills and techniques that are behind these patterns and how to apply them to your own work! Once again Ms Poff proves that having a rigid heddle loom is no barrier to creating exciting cloth suitable for modern clothing and that both colour and texture can be combined to achieve a level of sophistication usually reserved for the floor loom. Her section on colour theory is well written, and productive and makes what can be a very dry subject interesting, because the accompanying photos are so xplanator in themselves. All her advice is like this, to the point and practical, and there are projects to practice this that are far mor interesting than doing a sampler to show what you have learned. Ms Poff also discusses the comparison of weaving versus knitting yarns and their suitability for making garments. She covers finishing your cloth, shrinkage, and what to do before you put those scissors into it! One thing i think deserves a mention is that this time, instead of relying on knit or crochet to help create shaping and drape on the clothing, there is also an option for those of us who hate using hooks and needles. We can weave these bits instead! The amount of give and stretch from the fabric, and the ease that has to be built in to your sewing,are also covered so any clothing we make for ourselves will fit properly!
There are several references to Ms Poff;s first book, and I should imagine that many people buying this book will have her first one already. Don't let the references to the first book put you off. While its recommended, its not completely necessary if you are already a competent weaver on a rigid huddle loom. with a few projects and several techniques under your belt as basic knowledge is assumed. This book is more technical than the first (which is worth buying for the fabulous patterns in it if nothing else!)and it has been long needed as weavers today push the boundaries of what can be achieved on these smaller looms. This should prove for once and for all that a rigid heddle loom is not a toy, it is a serious piece of weaving equipment and capable of producing fine cloth, and for those short on living space, its a genuine alternative to a floor loom. With weavers like Tammy Poff leading the way, the rigid heddle loom is redefining the craft of weaving, and its role in modern society, and inspiring those people who want to create their own unique clothing.
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