40th Anniversary Book

Eight Shafts: Beyond the Beginning

Personal Approaches to Design

Edited by Laurie Autio

The book team is hard at work preparing the submissions accepted for Eight Shafts: Beyond the Beginning, CW’s tribute to late member, Wanda Shelp.

More than 70 pieces will be featured in the book, ranging from simple and elegant to intriguing multi-faceted complexity. Ply-splitting, card weaving, painstaking hand-manipulated techniques, commercial and hand-dyed yarns, with shaft, drawloom, and Jacquard weaving in many different structures, provide a mind-stretching bonanza. While weaving information and drafts are provided for all pieces in the book, the emphasis is on the design process. Weavers bring from two to more than 50 years of experience, yet each contributes an individual voice and unique style. They write of their inspirations, how they chose to implement their design, the parts they like, and where they might take it in the future.

Readers of any level will find something that appeals to them and will collect a bouquet of ideas and techniques to extend their weaving in new directions. To give you a taste of what is to come, the slides below provide a sampling of some of the pieces.