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 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 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.



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.



Yarnitecture

Yarnitecture Author Jillian Moreno
ISBN-10 9781612125220
Release 2016-08-23
Pages 256
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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.



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.



Start Spinning

Start Spinning Author Maggie Casey
ISBN-10 9781620332009
Release 2013-02-01
Pages 120
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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 for specific projects, and choosing a yarn size.



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.



Fiber Gathering

Fiber Gathering Author Joanne Seiff
ISBN-10 9780470406410
Release 2009-02-23
Pages 176
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Meet the people, sample the flavor, and experience the kinship through 11 unique events and more than 25 inspiring projects Throughout history, we've gathered together in the market square. We're there to buy and sell, to get good deals on fibers, fabrics, fruits, vegetables, and bread, but we're also there to see friends, gossip, trade recipes, and admire new clothes. We've got an eye on each other's animals, and we're going to keep them from getting into any trouble. It's our chance to hold someone else's baby or to congratulate a new grandmother. It's a chance to connect, to touch, and to bond with others. These days, it's easy to feel like we live in scary times, and sometimes we're less neighborly than we used to be. Our lives are filled with long distances and technology. We're more likely to make cyberfriends than visit with someone down the street. Our lives are full of work, school, and caretaking, but how many of us still live near our families? Our hometowns? How do we reach out to one another? —From the Introduction



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.



Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece

Hand Dyeing Yarn and Fleece Author Gail Callahan
ISBN-10 9781603426718
Release 2010-02-27
Pages 168
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Discover the colorful joys of hand dyeing your own yarn and fleece. It’s easy, fun, and can be done right in your own kitchen! Self-taught dyer Gail Callahan shows you a variety of simple techniques to turn plain, outdated, or leftover yarn into vibrant “new” fibers using ovens, crockpots, frying pans, and other standard kitchen equipment. Detailed advice on color theory, self-striping, “grocery store” dyes, and handmade multicolor skeins make successful dyeing a cinch, even for complete beginners.



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!



Angora

Angora Author Erica Lynne
ISBN-10 0934026750
Release 1992
Pages 134
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Angora has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Angora also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Angora book for free.



Spin Art

Spin Art Author Jacey Boggs
ISBN-10 9781620333266
Release 2013-06-01
Pages 158
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Push your spinning skills to new heights and get adventurous with textured yarn with Spin Art! Jacey Boggs helps you bring textured yarns to the next level in Spin Art. Inside you'll learn all the secrets behind her exciting new fusion of traditional spinning and envelope-pushing creativity. The yarn styles explored in this comprehensive spinning guide are as well made as they are inventive. Jacey walks you through each of her techniques, with a refreshing mixture of quirky, fanciful, and unexpected designs that are always skillfully constructed. Inside you'll discover: How to create innovative, eye-catching single and plied spun yarn styles, including wraps, beehives, bumps, racing stripes, loops, bubblewrap, multiplied, and more. Detailed technical instruction with step-by-step photos with finished spun yarn and swatch close-ups. Jacey's bright personality and motivational tips to inspire all spinning enthusiasts to unleash their creative spirit. Jacey has bottled the energy and expertise of her highly sought after workshops into a personal, at-home textured yarn workshop experience for you. Spin Art is an irresistible adventure for spinners who are interested in creating delightful and durable textured yarns.



The Practical Spinner s Guide Silk

The Practical Spinner s Guide   Silk Author Sara Lamb
ISBN-10 9781620335208
Release 2014-05-31
Pages 136
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Explore silk--an alluring and exotic fiber for spinners! The Practical Spinner's Guide: Silk teaches spinners how to create smooth lustrous yarns from a gorgeous but tricky and sometimes intimidating fiber in this second installment in a series of fiber specific books. Author Sara Lamb discusses the various forms in which silk is available--combed top, bricks, noils, hankies, and bells--and how best to card, prep, and spin them, specifically touching on trouble spots such as drafting and adding twist. She also covers finishing yarns--cleaning and degumming, setting twist, and plying--and even touches on what dye processes are best for adding color, as well as how to blend silk into other spinning fibers. Sara includes brief discussions on spinning for both knitting and weaving, the properties of woven and knitted fabric, and what the spinner needs to take into account while creating yarn for a subsequent project.



The Braided Rug Book

The Braided Rug Book Author Norma M. Sturges
ISBN-10 1579908802
Release 2006
Pages 128
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The classic guide to an enduring American craft gets an eye-catching revision. Fantastic to look at and easy to follow, this expanded version of The Braided Rug Book will win a new audience and also appeal to those who own the previous edition. It features thoroughly updated information, brand-new gallery images, two additional rug techniques to try and a comprehensive primer on planning a project. Beginners will learn about wools and other materials, how to care for finished rugs and how to recognize a quality rug. Plus, there are several new colour plans and entirely new directions and illustrations for building a rug-braiding stand, complete with a finished photo. "One would need no other book than this to complete a really beautiful one-of-a-kind braided rug."--RAGS Magazine



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.