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Tom Knisely operates the Red Stone Glen Fiber Arts Center in York Haven, Pennsylvania. He has taught weaving for more than thirty years--everything from beginners' classes to complex multi-harness weaving--and was named Teacher of the Year by Handwoven magazine. He has design collections and instructional DVDs on looms, weaving, and other weaving matters published by Interweave press. He is the author of the popular Weaving Rag Rugs (978-0-8117-1212-5) and Handwoven Baby Blankets (978-0811714112 ).
For weavers, Handwoven Table Linens is like a sampler of different weave structures. Twenty-seven projects in 4- and 8-shafts encompass techniques such as summer and winter, false satin, overshot, shadow weave, canvas weave and Quigley. For intermediate and experienced weavers who prefer to learn by doing, they provide a simple way to try new things. Anyone weaving for a holiday table will like the Finnish Trees place mats, with their subtle, abstract pine border. Other projects include table runners, napkins, a tablecloth, and mug rugs-everything you need to dress a bare table. Tom points out that, by choosing colors and patterns that complement the dishes on the table, you can create one-of-a-kind, personalized textiles that are exactly right for the people on your gift-giving list! Each project lists the warp and weft yarns, sett, total number of ends, and width. The weaving instructions are provided in the threading, tie-up and treadling charts. (Beginners should be aware that this book does not include warping instructions or information for planning and making calculations for warp length.) As always, Kathleen Eckhaus really delivers on the photographs. Clear, beautifully staged project photos include at least one close-up of each piece, showing both front and back when relevant. Additional photos, such as the one found on the title page, create an inviting and homey atmosphere in which to peruse this book.--Amanda Robinette Whether weaving on a rigid heddle loom, table or floor loom: kitchen linens are rewarding to weave. They are useful, help decorate your room, nice to use and can protect your furnish. Linens are fun to create with patterns, colors and fibers. They also make the perfect gift for an engagement, wedding shower and hostess present. I enjoy putting on yards and yards of neutral warp and thread in a pattern that has many variations. Then it is a matter of sitting down, relaxing and creating. If you need a little prompting on what pattern to weave your towels, place-mats, table runners, napkins, tablecloths and mug rugs, I have just the book. Master weaver Tom Knisely is truly an inspiration with his latest beautiful projects, Handwoven Table Linens: 27 fabulous projects from a master weaver. Though some of the patterns look complex, don't let that stop you. There are simple weaves that are worked on 2 and 4 harness looms. For the more experienced weaver and for those who have looms with more harnesses, there are wonderful patterns for you to explore. The photographs make it difficult to decide what you want to weave first. You will get good use out of this book. Tom gives you great information about the history, materials to use and ideas on different finishes. The weaving drafts are laid out in a clear easy to use (large print) manner. He has a project called Kitchen Sink. Weavers always ask what to do with the waste thread on the loom. Tom and I use them in the same way. Now I have a name for it, "Zanshi." It is a Japanese word for leftover thread weaving. You will like the results and feel good about recycling. I believe you will enjoy this book as much as I have. If so, look for his other bestsellers Weaving Rag Rugs and Handwoven Baby Blankets.--Paula Moliver