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Advanced Textile Design Book

ThreadKoe | Posted in General Discussion on

Rekha, hope you don’t mind, but I jumped to a new post to separate topics.
Advanced Textile Design by William Watson, is actually the 2nd book in a two part series on textile weaves and figured weaving. The author was a superintendant and lecturer in Textile Manufacture at the Royal Technical College, Glasgow. Plus a whole bunch of other credits as a teacher.
This is a textbook for weavers. It presents the information on backed cloths and double or triple cloths through to tapestry , jacquard, quilted, leno, warp pile, and towelling. It explains construction techniques , weaving patterns, and actually has pattern diagrams and thread paths to demonstrate how the patterns are woven.

It is a technical book and a bit of a hard, dry read, but fascinating.

It was really hard to tell the difference between a lot of the figured fabrics when I first started out. I knew that a lot had to do with how they were woven, how many threads used, the manner in which the floats and filler threads were carried or crossed. What I wanted to understand was what the REAL difference was, and how to determine the real thing. I know, kinda anal, but, there ya go, I just gotta know WHY.

So, this book does just that. It shows the actual weaves. It shows the actual weaving patterns, fabric swatches in good detail. It shows what, not how. It is an up close and personal look at how a figured fabric is constructed, not just an overview.

I am still looking for the first book. Textile Design and Colour, Elementary Weaves and Figured Fabrics. Cathy


  1. rekha | | #1

    Thank you for the description.

    Like you I am always curious about the world around us.

    I have just seen the title of a book on beads and embroidery, Indian Inspiration, but I can't find any description. I won't buy blind because my book cases are already packed with books; any new book has to show something special for me to buy.

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      ThreadKoe | | #2

      Did I answer what you wanted to know Rekha?Who wrote it and published it and when? If it is an Influence book, it may be a modern book that uses the native styles for their inspiration. It could also be a book that showcases modern Native Beadworkers. I have not seen or heard of this one, but I wouldn't mind looking into it further just out of curiosity. I am still trying to get my bookcases put back up. My house is an old farmhouse with no cupboards and no place to build them. space is an issue. I miss my books. Cathy

      1. rekha | | #3

        Did I answer what you wanted to know  Yes you did

        My house is an old farmhouse

        What an idyllic life! Please show us some pictures

        Edited 7/25/2008 1:38 pm ET by rekha

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          ThreadKoe | | #4

          I will one day when the rain quits and the lawn gets mowed ok. Promise. Cathy

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