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Woven to Wear

Woven to Wear presents more than 20 designs and ideas for designing one's own simple garments. Author Marilyn Murphy and several contributors at the forefront of handwoven wearables will offer straightforward patterns and guidance for weaving scarves, wraps, shawls, capelets and other garments, along with advice for finishing, cutting and sewing the fabric, adding edgings and closures, and possibly combining woven fabrics with other techniques such as knitting and patchwork. The featured designs are influenced by a global melting pot of traditional folkloric costume and ethnic fabric mixes in which silhouettes are roomy, layered, and flowing. All of these elements easily translate to woven wraps that allow the cloth to take center stage. The contributing designers are known for a particular approach, and discuss their work, and offer advice, tips, or patterns. In addition to featuring a variety of finishing techniques, Woven to Wear offers basic sewing techniques for weavers who don't sew, and information on sizing and fit where appropriate. Woven to Wear also discusses yarn types and yarn properties for fabrics, and offers advice and info for substituting yarns. Going beyond offering only patterns, Woven to Wear encourages a mindful approach to the craft. Rather than simply following instructions and using what the loom produces, readers are prompted to produce fabric they want, through yarn selection, weave structure, and deliberate finishing techniques. Expertly woven and constructed, the projects vary from the very simple to more challenging, with very few patterns requiring any additional sewing after they are woven.
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About the Author

A long-time veteran of the fiber world, Marilyn Murphy is the author of The Weaver's Companion and a contributor to Handwoven Magazine. She founded the Textile Arts Centre in Chicago, where she owned the Weaving Workshop and taught hundreds of people how to weave. Marilyn is also a former co-owner of Isis Designs, a women's limited-edition handwoven outerwear and accessories company; she has also designed and woven custom clothing for women and interiors. She currently works as a consultant for Interweave, and is the editorial video director for video workshops and Knitting Daily TV. In 2010 she was awarded the TEN Award by The National Needlework Association. This award is presented annually to those individuals recognized for their outstanding contributions made to the needle art industry. Marilyn lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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