By Jean Pierre Larochette and Yadin Larochette. This is a wonderful combination of coffee table book and how-to book, with glorious photos to inspire you and clear information to make it possible for you to weave your own tapestry.
The book is organized in the following chapters:
- History and background of weaving, with an emphasis on European tapestry weaving.
- Techniques. Each technique is illustrated with a large-scale illustration of the yarn interlacement, a photo of the technique done in a large, simple swatch, and then a photo of the technique taken from a large finished piece.
- Meta! Musings on tapestry in the form of tapestries woven to interpret tapestry techniques.
- Tapestry looms and how they work, with illustrations of different types of tensioning devices.
- Materials. Properties are given for a number of different natural and synthetic fibers, with explanations of how these properties determine which yarns are appropriate for different applications.
- Finishing and display. These are as important as the weaving itself, as they can determine how a piece looks and how well it lasts. This section includes weaving in ends, lining, constructing supports, and installation.
- Care of tapestries to prevent damage due to environmental issues and conservation and restoration of older pieces.
- Storage techniques to prevent damage
- An introduction to current tapestry artists and their work.
Hardcover over spiral binding, 160 pages