The Practical Spinner S Guide Wool

Author: Kate Larson
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 1632500302
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All you need to know about spinning wool--from sheep to knits! Spinners have been creating beautiful yarns from wool for thousands of years, but we still have unanswered questions. How do you choose a fleece? Should you process your fleece by hand or send it to a mill? What kind of prepared fibers are available, and what should you do with them? Fiber artist and shepherdess Kate Larson answers these and many other questions in The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool. Topics include: An overview of sheep breeds and the characteristics of their fleece Washing, carding, combing, and blending fibers Purchasing and working with prepared fibers Techniques for spinning and plying wool to achieve the right yarn for your projects Advice on caring for fibers to protect them from unwanted pests and other problems Whether you're working with fleeces sheared from your own flock or spinning indie dyed fibers, you'll find a wealth of useful, valuable, and practical information in The Practical Spinner's Guide: Wool.

The Practical Spinner S Guide Wool

Author: Kate Larson
Publisher: "F+W Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1632500280
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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 Spinner S Guide Rare Luxury Fibers

Author: Judith Mackenzie
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 1620337746
Size: 73.89 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 Practical Spinner S Guide Silk

Author: Sara Lamb
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 1620335204
Size: 58.42 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: 1620335158
Size: 77.53 MB
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A one-stop guide to preparing and spinning cotton, flax, and hemp! Over the last few years, focusing on specific types of fiber or spinning techniques has become more and more popular. In The Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp, author Stephenie Gaustad offers a detailed overview of each plant, the fiber it produces, and how to properly prepare, spin, and finish yarns made from each fiber. Cotton, flax, and hemp behave very differently from wool, and special handling is required. Stephenie discusses how each fiber behaves and how best to work with them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns–cleaning, setting twist, and plying--as well as what dye processes are best for adding color. Finally, she includes a discussion of spinning for both knitting and weaving, covering fabric properties of each fiber, and what spinners need to take into account when using the yarn in a subsequent project.

Pure Wool

Author: Susan Blacker
Publisher: Stackpole Books
ISBN: 0811760952
Size: 77.54 MB
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How to select and wisely use single-breed wool yarn for knitting, crocheting, and other needlecrafts.

Spin To Weave

Author: Sara Lamb
Publisher: "F+W Media, Inc."
ISBN: 1596686480
Size: 10.52 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.

In Sheep S Clothing

Author: Nola Fournier
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781883010119
Size: 18.17 MB
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This highly readable, authoritative reference provides a comprehensive look at the characteristics of wool of 100 breeds of sheep. Essential reading for handspinners, wool growers, and other fiber craft enthusiasts, this guide gives special attention to fleece characteristics, methods of preparation and spinning, and best end use. Everything from baby-soft merino to silky lincoln to sturdy karakul--the full range of nature's miracle fiber--is represented here with expert advice on selecting top-quality fleeces; cleaning wool efficiently and thoroughly; teasing, flicking, combing, carding, and other preparation methods; and spinning and plying a variety of yarn styles. Actual fleece locks are shown in full-size photographs. Knitting, crochet, weaving, and other techniques illustrate the importance of matching wool type to end use. This replaces 188301011X.

The Spinner S Book Of Yarn Designs

Author: Sarah Anderson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603429026
Size: 10.81 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 Spinner S Book Of Fleece

Author: Beth Smith
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612120393
Size: 30.54 MB
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Explains the crucial factors that spinners, knitters and weavers need to know in order to create yarn, describing 21 different breeds of sheep, their characteristics and history and the structure, grease content and fiber diameter of each one's fleece.