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Spinning wool : beyond the basics / Anne Field.

By: Field, Anne, 1940-.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: North Pomfret, Vt. : Trafalgar Square, 2010Edition: Revised edition.Description: 160 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781570764646(pbk).Subject(s): Hand spinningDDC classification:
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Spinning has changed hugely since its upsurge in popularity in the 1970s. These days spinners want to know more than just how to spin an adequate yarn: they want to extend the range of yarns they can produce, to understand what is happening as they spin, and to learn about the raw materials they are working with. The first edition of this book gave spinners, for the first time, a fully illustrated manual that provided straightforward, authoritative advice and information on their craft, while spinning wheel manufacturers developed wheels to meet the changing needs of spinners. This revised and updated edition, now in full color, is intended for spinners who have mastered the basic spinning techniques explored in the author's The Ashford Book of Spinning . It builds on those basics to encourage spinners to extend their skills and to teach them how to analyze fleeces with their end purpose in mind, and to help them get the best out of their spinning wheels. Part One covers what spinners need to know about wool and types of wool, analysis of a fleece, and how to store and prepare it for spinning. The chapter on wool types has been updated, with completely new samples and photographs. Part Two includes information on many of the new spinning wheels currently available. The yarn design section continues to provide thorough coverage with step-by-step instructions and photographs of the process of spinning yarns to a predetermined size and twist count, as well as detailed explanations of spinning methods, relating this information back to the properties of the chosen fleece. Finally, there are many new projects, all illustrated with full instructions, suggesting interesting and innovative ways to weave, knit or crochet your beautiful, newly spun yarn. Spinning Wool--Beyond the Basics is intended for spinners who have mastered the basic spinning techniques and will build on those basics to further expand their spinning skills. This new edition is organized in four sections--wool, spinning wheels (with up-to-date information), yarn designs featuring new color photos, and seven new projects.

Originally published in New Zealand by Shoal Bay Press, 1995.

Includes bibliography and index.


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Is 15 years a long enough time period to warrant a revision-update of a classic how-to-spin-part-two book? Though sheep don't change much in a decade and a half, equipment does, as do clothing styles and trends. So New Zealand weaver-spinner Field (The Ashford Book of Spinning, 1987) builds on her initial book, adding color photographs (especially important when differentiating between and among Romneys or Merinos or Lincolns), updating equipment types, and featuring 10 projects with flair enough for contemporary stitchers. What doesn't change? The wealth of information packed into the narrative and sidebars, from an enumeration of the properties of wool and the advantages and disadvantages of sheep coats to clear notes about the appropriate uses of various fleeces. Best yet is Field's sense of humor. Who could argue with Analyzing a fleece is rather like following the clues in a detective novel? Classification of New Zealand wools, wool analysis chart, drive ratio and twists per inches, and spinning to match the crimp are appended.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist