From soft, bulky single yarns to serviceable three-ply for heavy use, this guide to handspun yarns combines the positive traits of commercial yarns with personal touches. Focusing at first on the spinning wheel, emphasis is placed on the importance of adjusting and customizing the wheel for best results. Instructions on core spinning and less traditional techniques lead off the beaten path to novelty yarns. Each type of yarn is explored in detail with instructions on how to make them.
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This book is great! It's got fabulous photos-and jam packed with great tips. I had been spinning for a year and a half when I bought it. I wasn't a newbie-and there was alot to learn from it. I still refer to it!. It's a great little primer for anyone who spins yarn.I loved the "Properties Of Fiber" section-really handy! There's many knitted swatch examples-which is brilliant. The pre-drafting section shows six swatches! Also examples of yarn spun.It explains the basics, and expands from there...bias, energized yarns, low twist, it even covers self striping (a technique I love). There's oodles of great tips, stuff I didn't know about dyeing (and I've been dyeing fiber for 20 years!). Great book for your spinning library :)
Amy King has a class on Craftsy that launched me into spinning, and this book is just as clear and concise as her class. I recommend purchasing both and using them in tandem if you're just starting. I also recommend buying a double treadle model with the option of both single and double drive. I ended up with the classic Saxony style wheel, made by Kromski. It's the Symphony in mahogany finish. I named her Twyla, old Saxon for evening star (my name is Eve Starr so it's perfect! It also means twined or twisted).
I also recommend YouTube for lots of reviews of wheels and spinning. Think twice before buying an antique wheel, by the way. You want precision, easily replaceable parts, and support.
Like many spinners, I really looked forward to this book, and so far I have enjoyed the eye-candy, and read the text with interest. Fortunately, I'm not a newbie spinner, because some of the basic editing and proof-reading errors can only confuse the inexperienced, who will not recognise the errors as such at all. This is embarrassing for the publishing house concerned, as well as the author, and dooms the book to be one of those you read, then return to the local library or put up for resale on ebay. This is a pity as its written in a friendly and enjoyable style, and is thorough in setting out basic procedures, something we often forget about. The pictures are great, and I appreciated the section on sitting correctly at the wheel, as well as the illustrated detail on the great debate about woolen and worsted. The best feature of the book? The knitted samples from the different drafting and spinning techniques used, particularly as I am not an experienced knitter...
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