The Practical Spinner S Guide Wool

Author: Kate Larson
Publisher: Interweave Press
ISBN: 9781632500281
Size: 56.67 MB
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For centuries, fiber artists have been using wool at their spinning wheels to create beautiful yarns. Despite this fiber's long history of use, spinners still have many unanswered questions about it. How does one choose a fleece when at a fiber festival? What's the best way to wash and prep wool fibers for spinning? When should one send fibers to a mill vs. processing it by hand? What's available to the spinner purchasing prepared fibers? For the answers to these questions, and so many others, fiber artist and shepherdess Kate Larson presents The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool. Kate is a well-loved contributor and respected instructor in the spinning community. Selecting fleece, understanding types of fleeces, and making the best use of the fleece one has is an art form. There are various and often conflicting approaches to nearly every aspect of the journey a fleece will make from sheep to finished textile. All of the various methods of fleece preparation and spinning have a place in a spinner's repertoire of skills. Knowing when and how to make use of these skills is the foundation of Kate's approach to teaching. The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool is a must-have resource, in which she shares her years of experience in a way that readers of all skill levels, from those working from fleeces sheered from their own flocks to those spinning indie dyed fibers, will find useful and valuable.

The Practical Spinners Guide

Author: Judith MacKenzie
Publisher: Interweave Press
ISBN: 9781620337721
Size: 67.91 MB
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It's time to look beyond wool, with The Practical Spinner's Guide: Rare Luxury Fibers! The go-to expert for fiber artists, Judith MacKenzie shares insights into working with uncommon (but readily available) luxury downs in this comprehensive, yet practical, guide for today's spinners. With her natural voice for story telling that is both engaging and informative, she discusses the history of each of these downs, how they are used today, characteristics unique to each, and where to find them. She also dives deep into the specific spinning techniques for each fiber, knitting and weaving rare fibers, and dying them once spun. From angora to bison, camel to cashmere, there's a whole world of rare luxury fibers just waiting to be spun!

The Spinner S Book Of Yarn Designs

Author: Sarah Anderson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603429026
Size: 67.75 MB
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Discover the satisfying fun of spinning your own yarn! This step-by-step guide shows you how to create 80 distinctive yarn types, from classics like mohair bouclé to novelties like supercoils. Covering the entire spinning process, Sarah Anderson describes the unique architecture of each type of yarn and shares expert techniques for manipulating and combining fibers. Take your crafting to a new level and ensure that you have the best yarn available by spinning it yourself.

The Practical Spinner S Guide Silk

Author: Sara Lamb
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 9781596686809
Size: 69.10 MB
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Explore silk--an alluring and exotic fiber for spinners! The Practical Spinner's Guide: Silk teaches spinners how to create smooth lustrous yarns from a gorgeous but tricky and sometimes intimidating fiber in this second installment in a series of fiber specific books. Author Sara Lamb discusses the various forms in which silk is available--combed top, bricks, noils, hankies, and bells--and how best to card, prep, and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns--cleaning and degumming, setting twist, and plying--and even touches on what dye processes are best for adding color, as well as how to blend silk into other spinning fibers. Sara includes brief discussions on spinning for both knitting and weaving, the properties of woven and knitted fabric, and what the spinner needs to take into account while creating yarn for a subsequent project.

The Practical Spinner S Guide Cotton Flax Hemp

Author: Stephenie Gaustad
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 9781596686694
Size: 25.73 MB
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Offers an overview of spinning cotton, flax, and hemp, looking at the characteristics of the plants and their fibers, and giving detailed instructions on how to properly card, prep, spin, and finish yarns made from them.

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning

Author: Judith MacKenzie McCuin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118153103
Size: 59.56 MB
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With its soothing, meditative effect, handspinning is a relaxing hobby, and the beautiful yarns you create are an even better reward. This visual guide shows you the basics, beginning with the tools and fibers, and takes you through spinning, plying, making novelty yarns, using exotic fibers, dyeing, and more. Whether you use an inexpensive hand spindle or splurge on a spinning wheel, stick with wool or try alpaca, cashmere, or cotton, you'll learn how to create fun, original, one-of-a-kind yarns that you can knit or weave into truly unique, handmade, and all-natural creations. Concise two-page lessons show you all the steps to a skill and are ideal for quick review The skill demonstrated is defined and described Detailed color photos demonstrate each step Step-by-step instructions accompany each photo Helpful tips provide additional guidance

Yarn Works

Author: Wendy J. Johnson
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
ISBN: 1589237889
Size: 19.12 MB
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Yarn Works is a comprehensive guide to the techniques of spinning and dying yarn and includes ten projects knitted with the various types of handspun yarn featured throughout the book.

The Field Guide To Fleece

Author: Deborah Robson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612121780
Size: 28.70 MB
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Provides different breeds of sheep and explains the best way to prepare their fleece for spinning, the natural colors of the fleece and how well it dyes, the best use for the wool, and fleece weights, staple lengths, and fiber diameters.

Spin To Weave

Author: Sara Lamb
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 1596686480
Size: 65.74 MB
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Spin to Weave is not simply a How-to-Spin book, but a How-to Spin-Exactly-What-You-Want book, featuring in-depth information on fiber properties, color choices and options, and lots of spun samples.Because weaving is a two-element technique (warp and weft) as opposed to a single element (as in knitting and crochet), there is a much greater variety and range of possible yarns that can be used, either together or separately. Spin to Weave focuses on the process of spinning for specific results, with variations that spinners can use to their advantage, a sampling of projects, and a gallery of projects by other spinners. The book begins with text, photos, and samples on how weaving can be affected by fiber choice, fiber preparation, twist insertion, twist direction, and twist amount. Author Sara Lamb spins single and plied yarns in several types of wools with different twists, and then uses these yarns in samples with several simple weave structures. Yarns will be finished in various ways, and the samples will be finished to produce truly custom effects. A short section of simple woven projects follows, demonstrating the fabrics in action, and also showing the effects of customized color treatments, including Sara's signature warp-painting technique. A gallery of other weavers' projects rounds out the book.Even slight variations from yarn to yarn can change woven fabric dramatically. Weavers who spin their own yarns have the ability to choose fiber type, method of twist insertion (woolen, worsted), twist amount and/or direction, finishing methods, and grist. All these factors are limited in commercial yarns, but accessible to the spinner, and offer a nuance in finished fabric otherwise impossible to achieve.Sara takes reader to the very beginnings of woven fabric--introducing the thought processes and concepts related to choosing fibers and how to spin them with the finished fabric in mind.