Book Review – Weaving Shaker Rugs: Traditional Techniques to Create Beautiful Reproduction Rugs and Tapes by Mary Elva Congleton Erf.

Weaving Shaker Rugs

3 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank Schiffer Publishing Ltd. for allowing me an ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an open and honest review.

This book was an interesting read, but really not for me. I had been hoping for something more for a beginner/ novice interested in learning to weave and learning some of the old Shaker styles. This book is far more, and I think that was its saving grace and what still made it interesting while not being what I had hoped for.

It is an insightful look into the history, style and weaving techniques of the Shaker faith. It also includes instructions on how to reproduce some of their styles, but these guides are more suited for your experienced weaver and not someone just starting out, like myself.

The layout is easy to read, the pictures match the instructions and include some simply gorgeous examples… but wasn’t what I had hoped for.

Would I recommend this book to others? Probably not. But only because I don’t know any experienced weavers, or people as interested in the Shaker styles as I am. Though if I was to come across someone who fit this criteria, I’d probably mention it in passing.

Would I buy this book for myself? Sadly no. I’m just taking my first steps into the whole weaving experience and this is way out of my league. This book is much more suited for someone who knows the ins and out, pardon the pun, of weaving and who has an interest in reproducing these magnificent pieces.

In summary: I enjoyed reading about the history and some of the techniques used by the Shakers… but I really didn’t get much out of this book that I found useful right now.

Until next time,

Janis. XXOO

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