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Book review: Hex Weave & Mad Weave

Are you familiar with triaxial weaving?  Instead of the 90 degree-cornered warp and weft weaving that most of us know and love (remember making fabric loop pot holders as a child?), Elizabeth Lang-Harris and Charlene St John want to introduce us to the world of triangular 120 degree weaving.  Say what??  Yup, in their new book, Hex Weave & Mad Weave, published by Schiffer Publishing, the duo stretches your view of what weaving can be.

The fabrics or papers woven this way are very strong, but not flexible, so you'll want to consider that carefully when choosing a weaving project.  You're probably not going to be wearing it!  The hex and the made weave are the two simplest, thus the best to start with.  Both can be woven with no loom...great news, huh?

The techniques, patterns, and projects increase in difficulty, so prepare to work your way through the book rather than dip in and out.  In the back of the book, there is an angle guide and graph paper which you can copy and use to help you figure out color patterns you like.  It's pretty amazing the variety of designs that these weaves can achieve just through varying the colors.

Soon you'll be walking around seeing triangles and hexagons everywhere!

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