The Eye-pattern Tubular Band and other decorative finishing techniques
Bangles, bracelets, necklaces, fobs for keys and tools, shoe laces, straps and drawstrings for pouches, lanyards and eye-glass holders.... These are just some of the things that can be made using the woven patterned tubular band that I teach in this book. The bands can be as subdued or as colorful as you like using a minimum of two, or up to five and even more colors.
When I was first learning to weave with my indigenous teachers in Bolivia and Peru, I had thought that removing the cloth from the loom was cause for great celebration. I soon realized that this signaled the end of just one part of the process and a whole new beginning of another which involved finishing the pieces with a series of colorful embellishments, such as this eye-pattern tubular band. The band is dotted with multi-color diamond or "eye" shapes, (ñawi, in the Quechua language of the Peruvian and Bolivian highlands).
Dozens of step-by-step photos, diagrams and drawings in this book will take you through the process of weaving the bands as independent tubes for jewelry and accessories, or for using them in the more traditional way in which they are woven and sewn to cloth as a decorative and functional finish.
Traditionally, the warp for these bands is attached to the weaver's waist, or even more simply, suspended between a finger and toe! However, when it is woven as an independent tube, the warp for the band can be easily set up and worked on an inkle loom or any other loom or frame that allows you to adjust tension for take-up. Full instructions for weaving the band as an independent tube on an inkle loom are included in the book.
In the Appendix, I show how the method for weaving the independent tube can be adapted to better suit left-handed weavers.
Instructions show various ways to finish the bands as well as how to use findings to create jewelry pieces and fun accessories. Tutorials are given for the special technique which involves simultaneously weaving and sewing the tube to the edge of bags, pouches and pieces of sturdy cloth.The eye-pattern tubular band makes a unique decorative finish and also serves to protect the edges.
The book includes other traditional ways to embellish the edges of cloth. Both the cross-knit-loop stitch and coil stitch are presented in tutorials that are bursting with step-by-step pictures and drawings.
On checkout, you will be able to view and download the video segments, if you like. They have been designed to supplement and reinforce the thorough explanations in the book and are optional bonus materials. They are best viewed after you have read the tutorials in the book. I hope you enjoy them!
If you would only like to weave the eye-pattern band as an independent tube and are not interested at this time in any of the sewing techniques, a shorter version of the book is available here.
This shorter version also includes bonus supplemental material on video.
I have so enjoyed learning and using these finishing techniques in my work over the years as well as sharing them with other weavers. It has also been fascinating traveling and discovering the various regions in which these techniques are used while observing and trying the different methods that are employed.
I hope that you will find many uses for the tubular band and the decorative stitches in your own projects.
- 8 videos for iPhone 3G/3GS format:
- 1:19 sec (17.1 MB) 1 Weaving a tubular band
- 2:06 sec (25.5 MB) 2 Setting up an inkle loom for the eye-p
- 1:25 sec (16.8 MB) 3 The pick up position and warm up exerc
- 1:57 sec (25 MB) 4 Picking shed R3
- 1:38 sec (24.4 MB) 5 Sewing a tubular band
- 2:13 sec (24.1 MB) 6 Turning a corner
- 1:26 sec (18.3 MB) 7 The cross-knit-loop stitch
- 1:40 sec (23.2 MB) 8 The coil stitch
- no charts
- schematics included
- sewing required
- digital PDF has 98 pages
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