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« 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
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« Reply #1 on: August 25, 2009 05:11:03 PM »

Awesome! I'll have to come back and edit in some of the really weird textbook links I've found. Lots of fun technical information only the true fiber freaks would be interested in. lol
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« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2009 05:55:31 PM »

Hehe, there was a book at the library that looked like it might be all scientific-y about spinning, but it didn't really say much at all. Had a couple pictures of ladies spinning and diagrams of spinning wheels, and that was about all. Sad

Also, "Spin It" was way smaller than I'd thought. But I did find a cute book that had a little bit of yarn info. Dyeing with kool aid and spindle spinning, but not much. It was a cool book, though, lots of DIY stuff. I wish I could remember the name! I knew I should've written it down.

Ah well. I also picked up a couple of Rumpelstiltskin retelling novels. Tongue I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings, and I figured a spinning fairy tale would be fun. Tongue
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2009 05:45:10 AM »

The books I started with were:

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

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

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!

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

I have a lot of the others, but if I had to get rid of all but 3 books, I'd go with the last 3 I listed
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« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2009 09:54:14 AM »

I love love love:

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!)

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

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

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)
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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2009 02:58:55 PM »

Start Spinning:  Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn, by Maggie Casey

How on earth did I forget that one? That's the first book I got! I'm also very disappointed to find that none of the libraries in the area, even the Dallas Public Library, carry very many spinning books. Sad

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« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2009 09:56:57 PM »

I too am a bit intimidated by Alden Amos's book, but I will say from what I have read of it, he's got a quirky sense of humor, that man. ;]
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« Reply #7 on: August 27, 2009 09:58:04 AM »

Spin Control by Amy King and Respect The Spindle by Abby Franquemont are new books to add to the list.
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« Reply #8 on: August 27, 2009 11:44:47 AM »

Oh My!  How did I forget about this one??

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

I'd keep Mabel Ross' book over Carol Kroll's
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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2009 07:04:11 AM »

Spin Control by Amy King and Respect The Spindle by Abby Franquemont are new books to add to the list.

I'll second this!

Spin Control by Amy King is a wonderful book! I recommend it
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