Monthly Meetings

The Valley Weavers & Spinners meetings are on the first Tuesday of the month. Social Hour starts at 6:00 pm and the meetings start at 7:00 pm. We meet at the Denkmann-Hauberg house at 1300 24th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.

If you are a gps funster here are the coordinates:
41.4993, -90.567195

N41° 29.958', W090° 34.0317'(precision: address)

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Reviewing The Weaver's Studio: Doubleweave by Jennifer Moore

When I look at fabrics that catch my eye you will always see me do the same thing. Turn it over and look at the back. It’s an automatic thing with me. I always look at the wrong side. Imagine looking at a woven fabric that has no wrong side. That’s the beauty of Doubleweave. You get two gorgeous fabrics in one.

The Weavers Studio: Doubleweave by Jennifer Moore takes you through the history, construction and possibilities of creating this wonder of weaving. I am still very new to weaving and I’ll admit that thinking about weaving two layers of fabric at once is confusing. Ms. Moore takes you through the process in such a way that you understand and start thinking of your own designs quickly. I can weave a fabric twice the width of the loom, at one time? Awesome. I can draw out my own pattern on graph paper and weave it? Incredible.

There is a wonderful amount of color photographs and illustrations to help you understand the concept. The only thing missing is the tactile pleasure of running the fabric through your own fingers. You will have to complete your first project for that. The projects range in size and progress in techniques in logical steps. Also supplied is a list of materials used in each project and sources used by the author.

If you are an advance weaver you will enjoy the history of the technique and the chapter on working with color. Doubleweave can be done on four, eight, or any multiple of four shafts. Imagine what you could do with a sixteen shaft loom!

It dawned on me when I was looking at the instructions for weaving a slit in the fabric was that you could make a tubular body for a dress with no side seams. The slits could be placed where the armhole would be. Using an eight shaft loom you could even weave the dress to be reversible.

The author, Jennifer Moore, a weaver for over 20 years, is well known for her work. You can discover more about her at her website .

Doubleweave is available through Interweave Press (, through your local retailer, or

The Weaver’s Studio: Doubleweave

Jennifer Moore

Interweave, August 1, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-59668-179-8

Retail Price $26.95

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