cover image Innovative Weaving on the Frame Loom

Innovative Weaving on the Frame Loom

Noreen Crone-Findlay. Stackpole, $22.95 trade paper (200p) ISBN 978-0-8117-3872-9

In this comprehensive guide, fiber artist Crone-Findlay (Potholder Loom Weaving) offers 20 projects for new and experienced weavers alike. The author begins by explaining what a frame loom is, followed by an “Equipment and Tools” section that outlines everything needed to get started on any project. Crone-Findlay covers basic gear, such as graph paper (“one of the handiest tools that a weaver can use when designing”) and more specialized instruments, like the Schacht Incredible Rope Machine for making twisted cords. Patterns include a simple woven bookmark, a playful “Storybook Doll,” and a multistep “Coat of Many Colors” that requires nearly 4,000 yards of yarn. She also offers clever hacks; for example, if one doesn’t have the extra-long Tunisian or Afghan crochet hooks needed to navigate the loom, Crone-Findlay suggests fashioning one using wooden chopsticks. Each design is paired with clear step-by-step instructions and photos of the process. This is an excellent place for would-be weavers to begin, or for experienced artists to find something new. (Nov.)