An Illustrated Beginner’s Guide Including Detailed Patterns and Common Mistakes
Carol James presents a 64-page, full-colour guide to fingerweaving. The book includes beginners’ and advanced methods that are fully illustrated with drawings, sketches, and photos. There is also a section on mistakes—how to prevent them and how to fix them. However, the maker may consider that while “a skilled weaver identifies errors quickly and corrects them. A creative weaver sees the potential, repeats the ‘mistake’ several times, and calls it a design element (p. 7).” To complement the guide, there are reproductions of historical sashes from different collections, including that of St Boniface Museum and of the Manitoba Museum. The book is divided in three main sections: Getting Started; Tips, Tricks and Troubles; and Traditional Patterns. In the last section, the author shares instructions for traditional patterns, including the Arrowhead, the Assomption, and the Acadian. In the last few pages, graph patterns are offered as well as a glossary.
Author: Carol James
Illustrators: Carol James and Janet Lafrance
Grade Level: Secondary/Post Secondary/Adult