Book Review: Weaving Without a Loom

Artist and art educator Dr. Rainey updates her classic 1966 guide to off-loom weaving in this new release that includes plenty of new materials to stimulate the imagination of would-be weavers young and old. At its simplest, weaving is just a matter of interlacing materials although most people immediately think of the industrial style looms that create denim jean fabric. The author quickly dispels the notion that weaving needs complex equipment by diving into the diverse ways of using paper, rug canvas, burlap, fiber or wire mesh, pencils, straws and more can be used to create stunning works of art. 

Close-up photography coupled with clear instructions and plenty of examples demonstrate how easy it is for everyone from kindergarten to seniors to unleash their creativity using ordinary materials in extraordinary ways. Beautiful examples of baskets, belts, purses, wall hangings and jewelry show the many possibilities of off loom weaving techniques that will have you searching for picture frames, straws and window screens.


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