About Peggy Osterkamp

Weaver Peggy Osterkamp is seen in her studio Larkspur, Calif. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. (IJ photo/Alan Dep)
Weaver Peggy Osterkamp is seen in her studio Larkspur, Calif. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. (IJ photo/Alan Dep)

Peggy Osterkamp’s special skill is making the richness of her training and experience accessible to students. In the series, Peggy Osterkamp’s New Guide to Weaving, she presents a wealth of weaving knowledge and research, much of it never available before in the United States.

Once an apprentice to Jim Ahrens in a production studio, Osterkamp has introduced hundreds of students to weaving theory and production weaving. She is also a textile scholar, and offers individual and group weaving programs throughout the country.

Her newest book, Weaving for Beginners, was published in 2010. It is all the beginner needs to know–for both Back-to-Front and Front-to-Back warping the loom. Plus chapters on computers, drafting, sett, selvedges–everything! It has received rave reviews from the weaving magazines, beginning weavers, as well as professionals.

The first book, How to Wind a Warp and Use a Paddle, explains how to make warps that will weave smoothly and easily. The second book in the series, Warping Your Loom and Tying On New Warps guides you through every step of beaming your warp and threading the loom. Book #3, Weaving and Drafting Your Own Cloth, explains thoroughly how to weave efficiently, use shuttles, make good selvedges, finishing your cloth, and much more.

Having her books at your loom is like having a patient, knowledgeable teacher at your side.

Find Peggy at peggyosterkamp.com.

More information about Peggy’s books (and DVD) can be found HERE.

About Vera Totos


Vera Totos is interested in bringing personal relationships and families in all their formations to the forefront of how we make art and how we think about art others made. She believes those closest to us shape our vision in fundamental ways and we can’t make art without them. She weaves, felts, paints, dyes and spins natural and man made fibers that make up the fabric of our lives.

Vera lives and works in the Bay Area, California.

Find her at  veratotos.com