Needless to say, we are delighted to have found Fingerweaving Basics. This method of weaving using only dowelling for the initial tye-up and finger dexterity to create weft patterns ranging from very basic to imaginatively complex is a beautiful way to offer students the full experience of genuine weaving with very simple tools. The book is fully illustrated with clear and lovely drawings that demonstrate each technique in a step-by-step way; there is a full discussion of materials and methods, including making a warping board for measuring lengths of weft.
Part of the charm of this exhaustive tutorial is the Native American history and cultural notes that appear throughout the book – there are inspiring photos of many Osage belts, along with brief notes as to their use and a bits about traditional fingerweaving in the tribal context. To me, all this history makes the craft even more inviting.
Highly recommended for eager students in 6th grade and up; for everyone grade 10 and up.