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31  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Books on Spinning - The Comprehensive Thread on: August 25, 2009 04:50:04 PM
So I'm hunting all over the place to see if any libraries in my area are carrying spinning books, and naturally there's only one that I can find. So I'm planning to run out to the library in a few minutes and pick up Spin It, but before I do, I thought I'd make a quick post. The book I'm hunting for is Intertwined. Normally I'd just buy it, but the ones I've found are upwards of thirty bucks. I may wind up having my dad buy a $15 copy off Amazon anyway.

And now to the main reason for the thread! While peeking around on the forum, I found quite a few threads about spinning books, and I thought I'd consolidate them for easy reference. So, a list.

Book suggestions?
"Spin it" and other book resources
The complete spinning book by Candace Crockett.
What books are MUST HAVES if you want to spin creatively?
books on spinning
books on spinning?
re: spinning is hard

A lot of these cover the same books, so I thought I'd list the books mentioned in the posts in this thread as well. UPDATE: Added some more books and comments on them from people. I'll keep updating the first post for ease of access.

Spin to Knit - Shannon Okey

The Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning: Being a Compendium of Information, Advice, and Opinion on the Noble Art and Craft - Alden Amos (This book still intimidates me! -mullerslanefarm)

Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning - Judith MacKenzie McCuin

Spinning Designer Yarns - Diane Varney

Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns and Creative Spinning - Lexi Boeger (I've only gotten to flip through this one, but what I saw was the most useful and helpful stuff I've seen in a spinning book thus far. -SpecialKRJ)

Spin It: Making Yarn from Scratch - Lee Raven

Color In Spinning - Deb Menz (IMHO, the best book about carding for rovings -mullerslanefarm)

The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook: Dyeing, Painting, Spinning, Designing, Knitting - Lynne Vogel

Hands On Spinning - Lee Raven

The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn - Carol Kroll

Handspun Revolution - Lexi Boeger

In Sheep's Clothing: A Handspinner's Guide to Wool - Nola Fournier and Jane Fournier

The Spinner's Companion - Bobby Irwin

Spinning in the Old Way: How (and Why) To Make Your Own Yarn With A High-Whorl Handspindle - Priscilla A. Gibson-Roberts

Start Spinning:  Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn, by Maggie Casey (super place to start, for both spindle & wheel...I took classes with Maggie, and this book is her Beginning Spinning class in book form.  AWESOME! -nicolassa)

The Encyclopedia of Handspinning, by Mabel Ross (talk about thorough!! -nicolassa)

Productive Spindling, by Amelia Garropoli (this one's new, and wonderfully exhaustive on the topic of using a drop spindle -nicolassa)

The Intentional Spinner: A Holistic Approach to Making Yarn, by Judith MacKenzie McCuin (geared toward the intermediate spinner...read this one after you've read Start Spinning -nicolassa)

Spin Control by Amy King

Respect The Spindle by Abby Franquemont
32  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday 08/21/2009 on: August 21, 2009 01:55:39 AM
It's almost 4AM here, and I'm way too excited to wait for someone else to start the fiber friday thread!

This's a yarn I started ages ago and only recently finished. It was inspired by my favorite shampoo. Because my shampoo smells good and it says it's pomegranate and green tea. So that's what this is. Pomegranate & Green Tea.





And this's some roving I dyed ages ago. The colors are more pronounced in real life.






Let's see your stuff!
33  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Dyed my first roving on: July 25, 2009 10:27:22 PM
I just dyed my first two rovings, and now that they're dry, they're all flat and compressed. I don't think it's felted...  But it's definitely not going to be easy to spin as it is. I don't have carders or combs, even though I've been asking my dad to pick up some doggy slicker brushes. I thought about making that homemade hackle, but I don't really have anything onto which I could clamp it. Is there a way I could comb it with regular hair combs? And for that matter, I sort of wanted to blend the two colors a bit. Any suggestions?
34  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / STEEL wool? on: June 13, 2009 02:53:29 AM
>_> Okay. I have never spun anything ever in my entire life. But I'm going nuts wanting to start, and yet I'm broke. I can't afford to get any wool or anything, and my dogs, unfortunately, don't shed, though I'm tempted to take some clippers to one of 'em.

My question.

How insane am I for wanting to spin steel wool? I mean, hey, if it works, you could make something even cooler than chain mail, right? >_>

...Right?
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