This is it! The day is finally here, and Weaving Within Reach is out in this world! And, to celebrate, we’re kicking off the Weaving Within Reach Blog tour! All the fabulous stop details are below. You can find Weaving Within Reach anywhere books are sold: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indibound.org, and, if you want an autographed copy, my shop.
First, let me give you an overview of the book and what inspired the projects. I wanted a book full of beautiful projects that anyone can learn to make. Regardless of where you start, I walk you through exactly how-to for each project in detailed step-by-step photos.
My approach to this book was to investigate weaving from a crafter’s point of view. I tried to think of projects that could be an easy entree into weaving, that would offer the opportunity to practice different techniques and get comfortable with the art. One chapter is dedicated to simple free-weaving with no-looms, and one chapter to weaving with made looms (think cardboard, matboard, embroidery hoops, ropes, and natural materials). In the last chapter, I explore frame loom projects with an emphasis on fabric-making and the creation of useable projects.
Throughout the book, I employ traditional methods and investigate what happens using surprising materials, like rope, embroidery thread, or twill tape (above).
The book includes projects that utilize different woven fabrics, like twill and herringbone. I wanted to provide projects that explore various techniques, like trellis hemstitch (below) and gradient weaving (as in the tote up above).
Mostly, I wanted the projects to be approachable and lovely. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Weaving Within Reach Blog Tour
I am so thrilled to announce a fabulous Weaving Within Reach blog tour filled with some of my favorite artists, makers, and talents. These lovely ladies create some of the most amazing things! Please follow along as they share some of their favorite projects, things they’re enjoying from the book, or things from the book that they’ve made themselves.
8/21 – Camille Styles
8/22 – Design Mom
8/23 – Hello Hydrangea
8/28 – The Merry Thought
8/31 – The House That Lars Built
9/12 – The Fringe Association
9/13 – Delia Creates
9/18 – All About Ami
9/20 – Noodlehead
9/24 – Very Shannon
10/10 – Poppytalk
10/10 – Shrimp Salad Circus
Of course, if you DO buy the book, I would love for you to rate it on Amazon as that has such a huge effect on who sees it and how they order it etc.
Lastly, here’s a huge thank you to all of YOU! As this book wouldn’t be possible without your love and support. Thank you, thank you for your orders, interest, love from far and wide! I absolutely was beside myself shipping books to Australia, Ireland, Canada, and even the United Arab Emirates! The pre-orders thrilled me!
Weaving Within Reach was published by Clarkson Potter, shot by Rebecca Stumpf, assisted by Jimena Peck, and styled by Natalie Warady. Photo locations include Amigo Motor Lodge (Salida, CO), Bread Bar in Silver Plume, CO, and Tents in Westcliffe, CO.
Ruth Balster says
I am so excited to receive my copy!!!!
Thanks so much Ruth. It should be to you by tomorrow! See you soon!
Paul Powell` says
I’m retired, (71 years old) and I was browsing a local book store when I came across “Weaving Within Reach” . When I saw the bunny, I wanted to make it for my two year old grand daughter – it said “skill level beginner” so I bought the book. The only type of weaving I’ve done before was to cane a wooden framed seat that I made for a canoe.
It seems the directions for the bunny assume a lot. My first try for the woven part showed too much warp thread and my hemstitches didn’t seem like they would hold. I wove a second “blanket” and after finishing the hemstitches I went back and tied a square knot around the closest weft yarn of each hemstitch and then buried the warp threads back into the “blanket”.
Now I was able to finally try to construct the bunny.
No way could I closeup the bottom. The best I could do is a one inch hole with the stuffing sticking out.
The instructions for making the eyes is confusing and incomplete. Page 74, step 17 says to tie a knot in the yarn and bring the needle through the back of the head. It’s not clear (to me) where this knot is supposed to end up, external on the back of the head or internal, just behind the “eye”. Then after I’ve made the French knot, what do I do the yarn so the “bunnies eye” doesn’t easily pull out?
Please let me know if there is a good place to ask these kind of questions. There are other projects in the book that I would like to try.
Hi Paul, Thanks so much for your comment. I emailed you directly with most of this, however, I did do a story yesterday showing the exact steps of the bunny process on Instagram Stories. I saved it to my profile. Go take a look and see if it helps!