I love flipping through older weaving publications . . . especially when I consider how much work went into formatting just a single page before the speed and efficiency of computers. These publications often become part of the legacies they leave to share with us. My latest favorite thing is just such a publication . . . Florence House’s Notes on Weaving Techniques.
Many years ago, I came across this publication through a member in my guild. My copy is a sixth revision . . . it was published in May 1949 and priced at $3.50. But, not long ago, I learned an edited version was available on-line . . . this is the ninth revision and published in 1964 . . . and the price had increased to $6.00.
I don’t know very much about Florence House; however, according to the acknowledgments in the front of this edition, she worked out most of the weaves under Berta Frey, who’s studio was in Woodstock, NY . . . long before the likes of performers like Arlo Guthrie, Joan Baez, the Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix entertained the masses in 1969.
What’s in it? Well, a lot of things . . . I think that’s why I like it so much. There are a multitude of loom-controlled topics introduced . . . from twill to M’s & O’s . . . to Bronson lace and crackle. In addition, there are weaver-manipulated techniques, such as open or lace weaves and tapestry techniques briefly covered. The information presented is not in tremendous detail, but it’s as though it’s a nice tasting menu. But what I find endearing are the pattern motifs that were painstakingly sketched on graph paper.
Below are a few images from this publication . . .
A couple of the tapestry weft techniques
Just a few of the pattern motifs
I think many weavers would find more than a few things of interest . . . it’s certainly worthy of a small amount of time to check out. You can find it by clicking on the following link http://www.cs.arizona.edu/patterns/weaving/books/hfe_weav_1.pdf