By Mary Zicafoose. While beautiful enough to be a coffee table book, Mary Zicafoose's Ikat is a get-your-hands-dirty how-to book on the art and science of ikat fabrics. Ikat is a marriage of weaving and dyeing techniques where either warp or weft yarns, or both, are dyed prior to weaving to create a specific pattern. In many cases, the pattern is created by areas of undyed yarn spaced between dyed areas. When the yarn is woven, the patterning is built into the fabric. Many examples of traditional and contemporary ikat are shown throughout. The techniques are explained thoroughly in the text and are illustrated in photos and drawings. When you are ready to give it a try, Mary leads you through nine projects, for scarves, stoles, and runners, each building on the last, from simple to complex.
Hardcover, 157 pages