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Handspinning Rare Wools: How to Spin Them, Why We Should Care

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  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: Interweave Product
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 159668464X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In Handspinning Rare Wools , Deborah Robson explores fiber from 38 rare and endangered breeds of sheep from Great Britain and North America. Her knowledge of their history and characteristics is deep, her stories are intriguing, and her passion for saving and savoring the basic materials of our craft is palpable. In Handspinning Rare Wools , Robson covers the most interesting and vulnerable of: Northern European shorttailed sheep (plus an intriguing mystery breed) Old British breeds introduced in Roman times Rare English longwools Classic English Down breeds Welsh and Border breeds American originals American feral and semiferals. YouaTMll learn that washing, carding, combing, spinning, and finishing these fibers is a neverending experiment filled with surprises. YouaTMll see the unexpected variety a" from wool that feels like jute to wool that stretches and bounces back like tiny bungees. YouaTMll hear stories about specific sheep breeders who have made a difference a" a hundred or three hundred years ago. YouaTMll have your ideas of fineness and softness and staple length turned on end.

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5.0 out of 5 stars There is a place for rare sheep breeds in our lives November 26, 2011
Love it, love it, love it!

I might have learned through experience the differences between spinning one sheep and another and even thought I was knowledgeable about the different varieties of sheep, but this book knocked me down a peg or two and opened my eyes to the numerous rare breeds of sheep and the equally numerous qualities of fibre. I'm hooked.

There's no doubt in my mind that our new Fibre Arts in BC Centre ( will be looking at maintaining herds of different heritage breeds of fibre producing animals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why learn about rare breeds of sheep June 8, 2011
Are you a spinner? Do you want to go beyond just the common breeds? Learn not only about the different breeds that the UK and USA conservatives are trying to protect, but how the author prepares and spin each breed. Seeing this DVD will encourage you to want to know more about the different breeds of sheep.
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