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Tom Knisely, author of bestseller Rag Rug Weaving and Handwoven Baby Blankets, has now turned his attention to one of the most popular categories of weaving: table linens. Placemats, runners, tablecloths, and napkins play a central role in creating the look of a dining room or kitchen table, and this book gives you the tools needed to realize your vision for these special items.
Tom has found inspiration from things as varied as china patterns, a classic Spode Christmas tree, and traditional weaving patterns such as Shadow Weave, Wheel of Fortune, and Star of Bethlehem. For each pattern, he outlines the materials you need, how to set up your loom, and the pattern to weave. Add your own dash of inspiration if you choose different colours, and make each piece your own.
The 27 patterns include simple weaves worked on 2- and 4-harness looms, as well as more complex weaves requiring more harnesses. Because Tom is at heart a teacher, he also chose each project with the thought that it should add to your weaving repertoire in some way. The techniques you learn as you work on the projects in this book are things that you can adapt and use down the road in future weaving.
Tom Knisely is the manager of The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center in East Berlin, PA. He has taught weaving there for more than 30 years-everything from rag rug weaving to complex multi-harness weaving-and was named Teacher of the Year by Handwoven magazine. His work appears regularly in Handwoven and Rug Hooking magazines, and he has design collections and instructional DVDs on looms, weaving rugs, and other weaving matters published by Interweave Press.
By Tom Knisely