Inventive Weaving on a Little Loom: Discover the Full Potential of the Rigid-Heddle Loom, for Beginners and Beyond
by Syne Mitchell
Available at Multiple Retailers
Knit Picks: $20.90
Barnes and Noble: $20.50
I am always a little hesitant to purchase a book for a given craft. This trepidation derives itself from many sources. One source is that often I find I like one or two things in a book and the rest does nothing for me. Also, the limited space in my craft room makes me feel claustrophobic on a good day, I do not want to add tombs that I look at once or twice that then become dust collectors on my all too limited shelf space. However, I occasionally will take the plunge and buy a book, especially one for a new craft or interest. There are very worthwhile books out there- books that fill a gap in the internet knowledge, have valuable information all in one place, are worth reading and/or are a go-to wealth of reference material. If a book does a really good job at one of those things, I'm happy. I am okay sacrificing some shelf space to a good book.
This book is not one of those things, it is ALL of those things. I was so pleasantly surprised. This book was written well, had a wealth of information for, as the title indicates, someone who is just starting out all the way to someone with some experience under their belt. It really opened my eyes to the possibilities of my little loom. I had no idea there was so much I could create...I loved my little loom, but I thought of it more as a one trick pony. I am very happy to say I was utterly and completely wrong. I was excited about my loom before, but now I am really pumped. It is rare that I read a tutorial book cover to cover. Usually there is just one section I need or a few projects I'm interested in, but this book had me hooked. Even stuff I knew I enjoyed reading over.
Bottom Line: This book has very clear instructions, lots of photos, a conversational writing style, and projects for each major skill. I would recommend anyone who has recently purchased a rigid-heddle loom, or even someone who maybe has had one for a while but needs some inspiration or a refresh, to purchase this book. It is worth more than the $20 it cost, to be sure.