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Reflections From A Flaxen Past : For Love of Lithuanian Weaving

by Kati Reeder Meek

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Wonderful book full of photos and interesting text. I'd never seen a copy and ordered it cold; when it arrived, I was blown away. I hadn't expected anything of this scope and amount of detail. Many, many historical photos of people, looms, & textile implements - many in use - and of buildings. Also many photos of handwoven clothing & other textiles. Interviews with contemporary weavers, both in Lithuania and elsewhere (some in the States). Detailed pages on processing flax to make linen thread, starting with the field of flax, on weaving with linen, and on finishing the woven cloth. Drawings & description of her "trapeze" method of warping. Various appendices, including a glossary and a list of museums with collections of Lithuanian textiles. Written with warmth and enormous respect for the weavers who have continued this tradition.
  acwbooks | Jan 31, 2014 |
I've seen the author assemble and use her warping trapeze and she did it with ease. She's a little lady, and over 60 years old, to boot. She made it look easy and it certainly was fun whacking those warp threads into compliance. I'm making a trapeze for my own looms. (They can be very adjustable to fit many sizes.) ( )
  ScotDeerie | Dec 10, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0970064802, Hardcover)

Full color, large format 8.5 x 11", 495 photographs, 91 drawings/drafts/charted designs. Nine chapters include maps and regional dress; colorful research adventure; flax tools and faces from archival photographs; textile images and patterns; a gallery of 24 textile people and their work; charted folk designs for weaving and needlework; nine projects beginner to advanced; six contemporary projects; linen workshop: grow it, spin it, weave it. Annotated bibliography, glossary, index.

If you enjoy looking at colorful patterned cloth, if you like adventure-travel stories, if history and old tools and photographs interest you, if you like meeting people who are devoted to their textile heritage, if dolls charm you, if you'd like to learn an ancient and simple way to weave interesting patterns on a narrow band, if you are curious about the process of making cloth to wear yourself or to give as a gift, if you are interested in flax and linen, if you are looking for easy and effective ways to deal with linen's or other fine fiber's orneriness, then you will probably enjoy reading A Flaxen Past. Publication of A Flaxen Past is made possible with assistance from The Lithuanian Foundation, the Lithuanian Folk Art Institute, the Gilmore Foundation and the Upjohn Foundation. All profits from the sale of the book are dedicated to the textile collections in Lithuanian museums.

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