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  • Author: Erf, Mary Elva Congleton

Shaker Towels for the 21st Century is an indispensable reference for weaving fine linen and cotton yarns. The author's research and analysis of Shaker Textiles at Pleasant Hill. KY; Canterbury, NH; Sabbathday Lake, Maine; Hancock Shaker Village, MA; Winterthur Museum, Delaware, and many other collections led to methods for reproducing linen and cotton towels of the 19th century using materials available today. Many weavers participated in making these reproduction towels, and in the process they discovered techniques for successful weaving with fine linens and cottons. This book has directions for 40 of these reproduction towels with helpful comments from the many weavers who wove them. Today one may view these reproduction towels at the following Shaker Villages: Canterbury, NH; Hancock, MA; and Pleasant Hill, KY. Webs is the exclusive retailer for this book.

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Pros

  • Informative (8)
  • Well written (7)
  • Deserves multiple readings (6)
  • Inspirational (6)
  • Easy to understand (5)

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4.0

Lots of History

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from Lansing, IL

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    Comments about 49.99 Shaker Towels for the 21st Century:

    This book has lots of history, and it is written for history lovers who just happen to be weavers as well. Making any of the projects in this book would be a work of dedication to replication of the original works and not relaxing creativity.

     
    4.0

    Great for both Historical and Classic weaving

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    from Aurora, OH

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    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Informative
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      Comments about 49.99 Shaker Towels for the 21st Century:

      This is an excellent sourcebook for both those interested in Historical Weaving, as well as those looking for classic patterns. I like that it provides options for finer weaving. There is a great variety of weave structures, and I think this book is also a great source of inspiration for both new and established weavers alike.

       
      4.0

      This is a very unique book. A great addition to my library.

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      from Western Australia

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      • A must for anyone interested in hist. Weaving
      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Informative
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        Comments about 49.99 Shaker Towels for the 21st Century:

        Good reference book.

         
        5.0

        Weaving in History

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        from Spring, Texas

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          Comments about 49.99 Shaker Towels for the 21st Century:

          This is a book for the weaver interested in historic weaving and the place of weaving in our national history. The weave structures are simple yet beautiful in their simplicity. The author gives background and history of both the woven towel and the weaver. The home arts of the Shakers are relevant to all of us who celebrate arts and crafts in America.

           
          5.0

          The next best thing to taking the workshop

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          from Long Island, NY

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            Comments about 49.99 Shaker Towels for the 21st Century:

            Took Mary Elva Erf's Shaker towel workshop many years ago. The book is a nice companion to my own weaving notebook and is spiral bound so lays flat if you're threading directly from the drafts in the book. Diagrams and drafts are very clear and there are beautiful pictures throughout. If you've woven a Shaker towel, you'll want this. If you might not get around to weaving a Shaker towel yourself but have an interest in the subject, you'll want this.

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            5.0

            Shaker Towels for the 21st Century

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            from Cleveland, OH

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            • Deserves Multiple Readings
            • Easy To Understand
            • I Love The Notebook Forma
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              Comments about 49.99 Shaker Towels for the 21st Century:

              Wonderful reference for towel weaving. The notebook format allows you to lay the book flat. This is very convenient for warping etc.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great ref. text and library addition

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              from Wisconsin

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              • A Sample Included
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                Comments about 49.99 Shaker Towels for the 21st Century:

                Great service, quick delivery and happy custormer.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Book

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                from Central Illinois

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                • Deserves Multiple Readings
                • Easy To Understand
                • Informative
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                  • Historical information
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                  • Technical information

                  Comments about 49.99 Shaker Towels for the 21st Century:

                  The content is very interesting and useful but I also really like the structure of the book. The internal ring binder makes it stay flat for easy use but the rings are protected from snagging on things.

                  Service and delivery comments:

                  Webs service was great as always.

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