The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook

More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn
Author: Carol Ekarius,Deborah Robson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603427112
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 448
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This one-of-a-kind encyclopedia shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one.

The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook

More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn
Author: Carol Ekarius,Deborah Robson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603427643
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 448
View: 4833
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This one-of-a-kind encyclopedia shines a spotlight on more than 200 animals and their wondrous fleece. Profiling a worldwide array of fiber-producers that includes northern Africa’s dromedary camel, the Navajo churro, and the Tasmanian merino, Carol Ekarius and Deborah Robson include photographs of each animal’s fleece at every stage of the handcrafting process, from raw to cleaned, spun, and woven. The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook is an artist’s handbook, travel guide, and spinning enthusiast’s ultimate reference source all in one.

The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn
Author: Deborah Robson,Carol Ekarius
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603427112
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 438
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Examines different animals and the unique characteristics of their fibers and discusses which type of yarn is ideal for projects, including baby garments and stadium blankets.

The Field Guide to Fleece

100 Sheep Breeds & How to Use Their Fibers
Author: Carol Ekarius,Deborah Robson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612121780
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 232
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With this compact portable reference in hand, crafters can quickly and easily look up any of 100 different sheep breeds, the characteristics of their fleece, and the kinds of projects for which their fleece is best suited. Each breed profile includes a photograph of the animal and information about its origin and conservation status, as well as the weight, staple length, fiber diameter, and natural colors of its fleece. This is a great primer for beginners, and a handy guide for anyone who loves working with fleece.

Teach Yourself VISUALLY Handspinning


Author: Judith MacKenzie McCuin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118153103
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 224
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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

Adventures in Yarn Farming

Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm
Author: Barbara Parry
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 1590308239
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 310
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Provides instructions for thirteen projects with accompanying essays detailing life on the farm, including spinning and dying wool, sheep sheering, and knitting.

The Spinner's Book of Fleece


Author: Beth Smith
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612120393
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 245
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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.

The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs

Techniques for Creating 80 Yarns
Author: Sarah Anderson
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603429026
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 256
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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.

Learn to Spin with Anne Field


Author: Anne Field
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
ISBN: 9781570764929
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 207
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Offers step-by-step directions to guide the novice spinner through the essentials of getting started, including preparation of fleeces, techniques and spinning methods, plying, treadling, skeining, drafting, and blending.

Spinning for softness & speed


Author: Paula Simmons
Publisher: Madrona Pub
ISBN: N.A
Category: Art
Page: 91
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Discusses how to prepare wool for spinning, describes a one-handed method for quickly spinning wool, and suggests projects for knitting and weaving softly spun wool

Respect the Spindle


Author: Abby Franquemont
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 159668514X
Category: Hand spinning
Page: 137
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Enjoying a resurgence in popularity thanks to the current trend of DIY crafts, the hand spindle remains one of the most productive, versatile, and convenient tools for creating stunning fiber arts from home, as this beautifully illustrated guide from a veteran spinner and spindle aficionado demonstrates. With step-by-step instructions, this essential manual details the basic steps of spinning and then advances to the more complicated spinning wheel, showing how to use the spindle to make specific types of yarn, explaining traditional spindle spinning techniques, and detailing five simple proje.

Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry


Author: Paula Simmons
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9780882666853
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 188
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Tells how to breed and raise sheep, buy, prepare, and sell raw wool, do carding, and spin yarn, describes the necessary tools and equipment, and explains how to make money with wool

Intertwined

The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning
Author: Lexi Boeger
Publisher: Quarry Books
ISBN: 1616734663
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 304
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This book is a delight to the enthusiastic fiber crowd that is growing by leaps and bounds. It captures all the excitement of experimental, handspun yarns, and includes recipes for handspun yarns, project ideas for knitters and crocheters, tips on how to use one-of-a-kind handspun yarns (whether you spin them or buy them at yarn boutiques), and a gallery of handmade creations. The book also features profiles, anecdotes, essays, and thoughts on fiber arts and the creative process. Contributors range from Alpaca farmers and cutting-edge spinners to well-known knitwear designers.

Dyeing to Spin and Knit

Techniques and Tips to Make Custom Hand-Dyed Yarns
Author: Felicia Lo
Publisher: Interweave Press
ISBN: 9781632504104
Category: Dyes and dyeing
Page: 160
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Inspire and unleash a passion for hand-crafted color! Unapologetic is how Felicia Lo always describes her obsession with color and craft. This book provides clear and accessible guidance for creating gorgeous hand-dyed fibers and understanding how dyeing affects knitted yarn and knitted handspun. Fiber artists will learn the fundamentals of how color works, what to expect when working with color, and how to control the results when dyeing wool and silk yarns and fibers. Spinners will learn how to subdue overly bright colorways or prevent muddiness in handspun, for example. Knitters will have the knowledge to avoid pooling, if desired. Includes 10 patterns that use hand-dyed (and handspun) yarns and fibers to their most exciting advantage in knitting projects. Full of detailed photographs this book offers a master class in preparing hand-dyed fiber--

Color in Spinning


Author: Deb Menz
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 9781931499828
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 240
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Written expressly for the hand spinner seeking new adventures in color, this manual presents in-depth discussions and step-by-step photographed demonstrations of immersion dyeing, painting rovings, blending colors and fibers, and spinning and plying multicolored preparations. A chapter on understanding color principles offers novice spinners the skills needed to easily work with color while providing advanced spinning techniques for the expert dyer. A gallery of finished pieces as well as appendixes on dye workshops and metric conversions are included.

Start Spinning


Author: Maggie Casey
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: 1620330229
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 121
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For knitters, crocheters, and weavers ready to make their own yarn, this handy guide provides detailed instructions for spinning both on a spindle and a wheel, and offers a special section devoted to troubleshooting and wheel maintenance that keeps projects on track. It offers a comprehensive look at the various available fiber options, choosing and preparing each type of fiber for use, and crafting these materials into ready-to-work pieces. A final chapter on the various uses of spun yarn focuses on project planning, with definitions and context for measuring wraps per inch, determining yards.

Handspun Treasures from Rare Wools


Author: Deborah Robson
Publisher: Interweave
ISBN: N.A
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 96
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This volume chronicles not only the splendid woven and knitted pieces included in the Save the Sheep exhibit but also the 21 endangered breeds whose fleece was used in their creation. Provided is information on the exhibit's history, peculiarities, and cultural contribution.

The Practical Spinner's Guide - Wool


Author: Kate Larson
Publisher: Interweave Press
ISBN: 9781632500281
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 160
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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.

Yarnitecture

A Knitter's Guide to Spinning: Building Exactly the Yarn You Want
Author: Jillian Moreno
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612125212
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 240
View: 1046
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Create your dream yarn! Discover the pleasures of designing and building custom-made yarn by spinning it yourself, choosing everything from color to feel and gauge. Jillian Moreno leads you through every step of yarn construction, with detailed instructions and step-by-step photos showing you how to select the fiber you want (wool, cotton, silk, synthetic), establish a foundation, and spin a beautiful yarn with the structure, texture, and color pattern that you want. In addition to teaching you the techniques you need for success, Moreno also offers 12 delicious original patterns from prominent designers, each one showcasing hand-spun yarns.

Knitting in the Old Way

Designs and Techniques from Ethnic Sweaters
Author: Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts,Deborah Robson
Publisher: Nomad Press (VT)
ISBN: 9780966828962
Category: Crafts & Hobbies
Page: 312
View: 9866
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A clear and comprehensive guide to ethnic and traditional knitting skills, this book presents fifteen timeless sweater shapes in the order of their historic development and then provides a world tour of techniques for embellishing with texture and color. Instead of specific patterns and prescribed designs, it offers a way of thinking about knitting that empowers the reader to design unique garments based on centuries of knitting know-how.