This book is not auite what I expected, though I'm not sure, having read it, why I should have expected anything different. its great! The book starts with an introduction to Krokbragd, as you would expect, and then goes into th cultural heritage and traditional styles of this 3 shat weave, and its fair to say that there are many more interpretations of using the three shafts than the bright figures and patterns we tend to associate with this weave. Just as with 4 shaft weaving there many more different styles than twill that use the manipulation of colour and shaft to create diverse distinct styles using 4 shafts, there is a great variety in 3 shaft weaving through a similar manipulation of shaft and colour.
The book is well illustrated with historical and modern examples, along with their drafts, where appropriate, and there are also instructions for how to weave Krokbragd on a rigid heddle loom, which is not scary at all if you haven't tried it before. In fact, the RH loom is ideal as its so much easier to warp up! That should not put off those who own a 4 harness or more loom as while the basics are simple enough to grasp, its, of course, never just as simple as that!
This is an in depth look at the subject written in a language we can all understand. It is not obscure or full of terms we cannot understand without a dictionary, so this is suitable for those with little as well as a lot of weaving experience. The history and basic designs take up about one third of the book, then projects and samplers follow, before the author gets down to the nitty-gritty of designing our own patterns, and what a choice of styles there are! Double point, warp-faced or turned, 4 shaft, double-faced, there is plenty to choose from, all accompanied by excellent clear photos, and well executed diagrams to show us exactly how the yarns go through the warp so that we can understand what it is we are doing and what will work when we decide to fly solo. Samples of work include many modern designs, definitely not limited to carpets and rugs, and include some pieces that look as if they have come from the Americas rather than Norway.
If you are interested in Krokbragd and intrigued by the possibilities offered by this distinctive style of weaving, and want to learn more, this is a good book to feed your curiosity. This may be enough for most of us as there is so much to try out. However I know that there will be a few weavers who will want to find out just how far this style of weaving can be pushed, and this will set them up for that too. And if your looms are already tied up, its a good excuse to go out and get another!
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