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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press; First edition (December 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934026270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934026277
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are new to spinning this is a wonderful book to begin with.
Ruth Henriquez Lyon
It has good photographs, clear text, and very nice projects for novice spinners and knitters intersperced in the text.
Martha E. Nelson
It explains every aspect of spinning that the beginner will ever need.
JoAnn

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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Henriquez Lyon VINE VOICE on July 3, 2000
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I've been spinning on and off for a few years now, and I still refer back to Hands On Spinning as my primary source. This book originally taught me to spin on a spindle, all by myself, with no teacher. Ms. Raven's instructions allowed me to pick it up quite quickly, and after working a couple of hours with some rough wool, I soon found myself making some very nice silk singles yarn. Later, I had two hours of instruction on a wheel, and used the book at home to help me through those awkward first hours of wheel spinning.

Ms. Raven assumes you know nothing, and provides enough information to cover each topic thoroughly without giving you too much to ponder. Thus the book is not too big, but just big enough. She starts you out by having you roll wool on your lap to twist it into a short length of yarn, which is probably how the first threads were made.

Then she proceeds into the chapter on spindle spinning, which is clearly written and well organized. Moving along, she explains the parts of the spinning wheel, what they do, and how to tension them properly. Her chapter on learning to spin on the wheel is as good a verbal description of how to do this as any I've read. Other chapters include: Fiber Preparation; Drafting and Spinning Techniques; Plying; Finishing, and more. There are numerous diagrams and color photos in this book, plus many simple but attractive projects to start you off. If you are new to spinning this is a wonderful book to begin with.
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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1998
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After reading the chapters in this book on how to use a drop spindle, I was literally able to produce yarn in 10 minutes after purchasing a spindle & wool. Very clear and easy to understand and follow.
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56 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Martha E. Nelson on January 8, 2001
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I had not spun in about 25 years prior to this fall, so I knew that I needed a refresher book to get me going again when I got my spinning wheel. This is an excellent book. It has good photographs, clear text, and very nice projects for novice spinners and knitters intersperced in the text. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in spinning and needs information and confidence building.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Ziegelbauer on July 9, 2006
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The book is very educational. I learned alot about different methods of spinning. I also learned how to process yarn and storing it. The book also has many different projects you can do after you are done spinning the yarn. It is a good book to have around the house. Glad I purchased it.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By True Spinster on May 29, 2006
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I should've bought this book about a year ago or so when I first became interested in spinning. Don't know why I didn't but it really is a good starter book. It touches on a good variety of subjects and had I bought it previously, might not've made some of the choices I did.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Denise Murray on January 11, 2007
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This is an excellent book for learning to spin yarn. A lot is covered in this book, but it is not cumbersome. While taking spinning classes, I found it very helpful as added explanations to what I was learning - like my own personal tutor. This book was recommended to me and I, too, would recommend this to anyone wanting to learn to spin wool into yarn. It would also make a great reference source to someone who has learned to spin. Patterns are included to knit items with the yarn you spin.
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