Today, my daughter Maude starts her sophomore year at Berkeley, and the last few weeks have been dotted with conversations about her class schedule. Sociology or Anthropology? Creative Writing or a Drawing Class? The discussions make me wish I was enrolling in a course or two this fall myself. I suppose this time of year never stops feeling like back-to-school, even for those of us who graduated years ago.
My friend Anne Weil of Flax & Twine sent me a copy of her new book, Weaving Within Reach. As I went through page-by-page, I thought: Oh. This can be my class! If I tackle a couple of these projects, it will be like taking a weaving course!
Weaving Within Reach is such a wonderful book. The projects focus on a practical/useable angle — which is really important to me. There are baskets and pillows for your home, accessories like totes and scarves, and beautiful jewelry too.
The book covers a wide variety of techniques and materials, and patiently explains every step. She does an amazing job of making each project seem totally doable and approachable — even if you’re a beginner!
This is Anne’s second book on weaving and knitting. Her first is called Knitting Without Needles, and it’s all about projects you can knit on your arms. This new book on weaving starts with a similar idea — the first section tackles projects that you can do without a loom. Things like a Chunky Basketweave Pillow, a Twined Rope Bowl, and a Twill Tape Bento that I’m kind of obsessed with.
The second section tackles projects that you can create with a “made-loom” — meaning, objects you can transform into a basic loom yourself. Projects like a Twill Cowl, Woven Storage Boxes, and a Stuffed Bunny Rabbit.
The third section covers projects that require a frame loom. Things like the About the Town Tote, Linen Coasters, and a Triangle Tank Top.
And the fourth section is all about weaving skills. It goes into fabric and patterns, how to choose materials, common tools, and basic techniques. The photography throughout is clear, helpful, and easy to follow.
I want to send a huge congrats to Anne on her new book, Weaving Within Reach and I’m so grateful to have such a valuable new resource.
Have you ever tried a weaving project? I think the only real weaving I’ve done was in college. I took a weaving class where we worked on big looms and I made a scarf with the Blair Tartan pattern! The idea of learning some new weaving skills — on or off loom — is super appealing to me. How about you?