The Field Guide to Fleece

The Field Guide to Fleece Author Carol Ekarius
ISBN-10 9781603429269
Release 2013-08-27
Pages 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.



The Fleece Fiber Sourcebook

The Fleece   Fiber Sourcebook Author Carol Ekarius
ISBN-10 9781603427647
Release 2011-06-30
Pages 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 Spinner s Book of Fleece

The Spinner s Book of Fleece Author Beth Smith
ISBN-10 9781603428750
Release 2014-08-23
Pages 256
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The characteristics of fleece — its structure, grease content, and fiber diameter — vary widely depending on the breed of sheep the fleece comes from. In this comprehensive guide, Beth Smith profiles 21 types of fleece, from bouncy and pliant to lacy and lightweight. A sheep-by-sheep reference describes the best way to wash and spin each fleece into rich, soft yarn. You’ll soon be confidently choosing the right fleece, spinning it to perfection, and enjoying the perfect yarn for your next fiber creation.



Beautiful Sheep

Beautiful Sheep Author Ivy Press
ISBN-10 1908005025
Release 2012-08-30
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This boxed set containing 20 notecards and envelopes gives you the pick of gorgeously photographed sheep. With 5 cards each of 4 different portraits in every box, you can send your favourite several times over.



British Sheep Breeds

British Sheep Breeds Author Susannah Robin Parkin
ISBN-10 9781784420819
Release 2015-06-10
Pages 72
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Sheep have been farmed in Britain for hundreds of years and more than thirty million sheep now inhabit these islands. The many breeds developed over this time have been carefully matched to their surroundings ? from the hardy, seaweed-eating North Ronaldsay to the tough hill-dwelling Swaledale and the docile Dorset Down of the lowlands. Susannah Robin Parkin here explains the main differences between the various breeds and the qualities of their appearance, temperament, meat and wool, and also outlines the history of sheep farming and the way the industry works. Illustrated with beautiful colour photographs throughout, this is an essential introduction and guide to the main breeds and their classification into upland, hill and lowland varieties.



The Spinner s Book of Yarn Designs

The Spinner s Book of Yarn Designs Author Sarah Anderson
ISBN-10 9781603429023
Release 2013-06-24
Pages 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.



Adventures in Yarn Farming

Adventures in Yarn Farming Author Barbara Parry
ISBN-10 1590308239
Release 2013
Pages 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.



British Sheep Breeds

British Sheep Breeds Author Elizabeth Henson
ISBN-10 0852637799
Release 2009-06-23
Pages 32
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There are over thirty million sheep in Britain belonging to more than sixty different breeds. They are almost as varied in shape, color and size as the many breeds of dog, but are far less well-known. The sheep industry in Britain is based on a stratified system which makes the best use of the harsh mountains of Scotland, Wales and northern England, as well as of the more fertile and mild regions of southern Britain. It has helped to develop a rich range of specialist regional breed types. This book places the breeds into intelligible groups by outlining the way the national industry works, classifying their different roles and determining where each breed fits into an overall picture. Each breed and its wool is featured and illustrated with an extensive collection of pictures.



The Practical Spinner s Guide Wool

The Practical Spinner s Guide   Wool Author Kate Larson
ISBN-10 9781632500281
Release 2015-11-02
Pages 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.



Sheepish

Sheepish Author Catherine Friend
ISBN-10 9780738214092
Release 2011-04-26
Pages 280
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What do you do when you love your farm . . . but it doesn’t love you? After fifteen years of farming, Catherine Friend is tired. After all, while shepherding is one of the oldest professions, it’s not getting any easier. The number of sheep in America has fallen by 90 percent in the last ninety years. But just as Catherine thinks it’s time to hang up her shepherd’s crook, she discovers that sheep might be too valuable to give up. What ensues is a funny, thoughtful romp through the history of our woolly friends, why small farms are important, and how each one of us—and the planet—would benefit from being very sheepish, indeed.



Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry

Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry Author Paula Simmons
ISBN-10 0882666851
Release 1991
Pages 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



The Practical Spinner s Guide Cotton Flax Hemp

The Practical Spinner s Guide   Cotton  Flax  Hemp Author Stephenie Gaustad
ISBN-10 9781620335154
Release 2014-02-27
Pages 160
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A one-stop guide to preparing and spinning cotton, flax, and hemp! Over the last few years, focusing on specific types of fiber or spinning techniques has become more and more popular. In The Practical Spinner's Guide: Cotton, Flax, Hemp, author Stephenie Gaustad offers a detailed overview of each plant, the fiber it produces, and how to properly prepare, spin, and finish yarns made from each fiber. Cotton, flax, and hemp behave very differently from wool, and special handling is required. Stephenie discusses how each fiber behaves and how best to work with them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns–cleaning, setting twist, and plying--as well as what dye processes are best for adding color. Finally, she includes a discussion of spinning for both knitting and weaving, covering fabric properties of each fiber, and what spinners need to take into account when using the yarn in a subsequent project.



Respect the Spindle

Respect the Spindle Author Abby Franquemont
ISBN-10 9781620331965
Release 2013-02-15
Pages 136
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Portable and productive, the hand spindle has been responsible for creating the world's yarn for millennia. In Respect the Spindle, veteran spinner and spindle aficionado Abby Franquemont teaches spinners old and new how to create incredible yarn with this amazing, yet simple tool. Many contemporary spinners view the hand spindle as a beginner's tool, suited to learn the basic steps of spinning before moving on to a spinning wheel. In Respect the Spindle, Abby emphasizes the spindle's importance and its use in making yarn in advanced ways for high-end to novelty cloth. The perfect how-to book for any spinner with a growing collection of spindles or even just a dowel, Respect the Spindle includes: Step-by-step photography with detailed illustrations, making the spindle spinning techniques clear to even the novice spinner. Techniques from the basics, such as getting started on the spindle, to more specialized techniques, such as using the spindle to make specific kinds of yarn faster than imagined. Profiles of spindle spinners from various traditions are presented in sidebars throughout the book, which introduce heartwarming and historical fiber stories from around the world. Five simple projects give spinners practice in creating a variety of yarns and patterns. And more!



Sheep

Sheep Author Sue Weaver
ISBN-10 9781935484820
Release 2011-05-17
Pages 160
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These Hobby Farms livestock care manuals will help both experienced and novice hobby farmers realize their own dreams of life on the farm - for pleasure and profit.



Woven to Wear

Woven to Wear Author Marilyn Murphy
ISBN-10 9781620333860
Release 2013-08-26
Pages 243
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Handwoven wearables are hot! More than just patterns-discover 17 designs and plenty of ideas for unique fabric and garments you'll want to wear again and again. Author Marilyn Murphy and several contributors at the forefront of handwoven wearables offer guidance for weaving scarves, wraps, shawls, capelets, and other garments, along with advice for finishing, cutting and sewing the fabric, adding edgings and closures, and combining woven fabrics with other techniques such as knitting and patchwork. The Woven to Wear designs are influenced by a global melting pot of traditional folkloric costume and ethnic fabric mixes in which silhouettes are roomy, layered, and flowing, and the cloth takes center stage.



Shearing day

Shearing day Author Kevin Ford
ISBN-10 WISC:89065109498
Release 1999-04-01
Pages 145
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Shearing day has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Shearing day also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Shearing day book for free.



Storey s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds

Storey s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds Author Carol Ekarius
ISBN-10 9781612128436
Release 2016-07-18
Pages 288
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More than 128 birds strut their stuff across the pages of this definitive primer for intrepid poultry farmers and feather fanciers alike. From the Manx Rumpy to the Redcap and the Ancona duck to his Aylesbury cousin, each breed is profiled with a brief history, detailed descriptions of identifying characteristics, and colorful photography. Comprehensive and fun, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds celebrates the personalities and charming good looks of North America’s quirkiest barnyard birds and waterfowl.