Books and Articles

MY ARTICLE ON BACKSTRAP BASICS ON WEAVEZINE includes step-by-step photos and four instructional videos on how to set up, weave on a backstrap loom and create your own backstrap.

Ahora en español en WeaveZine


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My ebook with step-by-step instructions on Andean Pebble Weave can be bought at Patternfish.

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Andean Pebble Weave is available in electronic form in four languages: English, French, German and Italian.

Buy the download at Patternfish.com.

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For experienced Andean Pebble weavers my new latest book has over 100 pattern charts in pebble weave created from textiles of the South American highlands and lowlands and inspired by traditional designs from other cultures around the world.  There are also over 30 charts for other complementary-warp weave structures used in the Americas.

Buy the download at Patternfish.com

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BACKSTRAP WEAVING IN LATIN AMERICA – An article in Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot summer 2010

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The Handwoven team wrote a Spotlight article about my weaving in the November/December issue.

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An excerpt from an article I wrote on Meaning in Cloth in Bolivia appears in the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Handwoven. Read the complete article here.

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An article in the Spring 2015 issue of Handwoven in which I describe the connections I have made in the word of backstrap weaving and their influences on my work.


Responses

  1. This looks amazing! I can’t wait to read this. I tried to purchase it from WeaveZine but the checkout couldn’t handle the lack of a shipping quote with the sale of a PDF ;O)

    May I buy it from yourself or is anywhere else selling it?
    Thanks!
    Zaf

    • Well that is very odd. I will email you and see if we can sort this out.

      • Thanks for the help Laverne, your so quick! ;O)

        I found that once the ebook was in my shopping cart I needed to choose the ‘Checkout’ button instead of the ‘Checkout with PayPal’ button. I could then enter all my details and choose payment by card or PayPal.

        I’m delighted with the PDF and plan to read and absorb it all weekend.
        Thanks again!
        Z

  2. Hi Laverne,
    I would really like to buy your book on Andean Pebble Weave, but every link I click on says: sorry 59.154.42.226 has been banned.
    Also the WeaveZine link does not work. I am from Australia. Is there anywhere I could by the book? Could you send me another link?
    Thank,
    Simone

    • That is weird Simone. I just tried the WeaveZine link here and clicking the book link on the sidebar and both worked for me. Anyway I will email the link to you and let’s see how that goes.

  3. Hello Laverne,
    I would like to buy your book Andean Pebble Weave. However the webzine site doesn’t work. Is there any other good Internet adress I might use – or is the book out-of-print?
    Lots of love,

    Olle-Petter/Knotter

    • Hi Olle-Petter,

      This little problem seems to come up from time to time. Thank you for letting me know. I have forwarded your message and email address to Syne at WeaveZine and I am sure that she will contact you soon.

  4. Hallo,

    I would like to by your wounderful book, but the link over Weazine did not work.

    I would by it as a download.

    I will be very glad, if you could help me.

    Kindest regards

    Svenja Suhr

  5. regards from guatemala !!

  6. Not sure where I should ask this BUT…..
    I bought your ebook Andean P W and just love it. I’ve been making single bands and practicing. Tonight I decided to warp a wider piece using plain black borders and a couple of 4 revolution patterns with a ten rev pattern in the centre separated by 6 black plain weave. I can make the pebble sheds, but not sure what to do in the plain sheds. I made string heddles for the pebble 1 shed and when I got to the plain shed I included all the warps on the bottom cross (D shed in your book). Then in the pebble two shed i put warp from the top cross stick in the heddles for the plain weave part This doesn’t seem to be working. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Sincerely
    Lynda

    • Hi Lynda,

      It’s nice to see that you are trying out wider pieces. Any plain weave sections in the warp will be set up in exactly the same way that you set up the borders. So, both pebble sheds will hold the same warps for border and all other plain weave areas. All the plain weave warps on stick C (the back stick) will go into the heddles with pebble sheds 1 and 2. Both pebble heddles will have the same plain weave warps. So, each time you use pebble heddle you raise the plain weave warps on stick C and then you alternate that with your pattern sheds which include the plain weave warps on stick D.I hope this helps. Just think of the plain weave parts as wide borders!

  7. Thank you so much….you’re awesome! Ill be trying that first thing in the morning. Just love using your book….it has such clearly worded instructions. I’ll keep at it until I get good enough to actually make something! Thanks again!

  8. Hi Laverne,
    Did you get my message?
    Kind regards
    Larissa

    • A message here or elsewhere Larissa? I haven’t seen anything from you here, Larissa. Please re-send.

  9. Hello Laverne,
    Great tutorial on supplementary weft, you made it very clear. I have just come back from Burma where they have backstrap weaving in Shan State – a woman was using part of a plastic seed sack as a backstrap, another had the backstrap made from the hide of a barking deer. They do supplementary weft weaving in Chin State but I didn’t get there. Best wishes, , Robin

    • Hi Robin.Lucky you to have had a chance to travel through Burma. I heard much about it from my student, Emerald. I hope you will try the supplementary weft technique.


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