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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Ask The Bellwether; First edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982438109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982438107
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reading Productive Spindling is like having some quality spinning time with a great teacher. For beginners and experts alike, Productive Spindling is an excellent reference compiled from years of spindling and teaching spindling. Thank you, Amelia! --Sheila Bosworth, maker of Bosworth Spindles

There is a new book available for the spindlers among us. Productive Spindling, by Amelia Garripoli takes a look at top and bottom whorl as well as Turkish spindle spinning methods. The goal: to boost productivity while keeping spindling fun. --IdaW on The Lime & Violet Daily Chum

A useful little book for all spindle spinners. An especially good book for beginning 'I could never spin on a spindle' spinners.

This book is packed with tips for spindle spinning in general and how to spin a quantity of yarn on a spindle in particular. I especially liked the discussion about consistency in spinning and winding on leading to a more packed spindle, as well as the very helpful section on plying with spindles. --Jillian Moreno on Knitty Spin, Fall '09 Cool Stuff

About the Author

Amelia grew up knitting, sewing, and doing a variety of crafts, but didn't learn to spin until 2001, when she purchased a home that came with two llamas. Since then, she's been spinning up a storm, learning, teaching, and writing on her blog Ask The Bellwether as well as articles for KnittySpin, Spin-Off, Yarn Magazine, and other publications.

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Amelia Garripoli (1966-) was born in England but left soon thereafter when her parents emigrated to America in 1968. She had the typical east-coast American childhood of public school, PB&J's, the Bicentennial (1976), and all that, along with the occasional trip to grandparents in England. Amelia grew up knitting, sewing, and doing a variety of crafts, but didn't learn to spin until 2001, when she purchased a home that came with two llamas. Since then, she's been spinning up a storm, learning, teaching, and writing on her blog http://askthebellwether.blogspot.com/ as well as articles for KnittySpin, Spin-Off, Yarn Magazine, and other publications.

The small print run of Amelia's first book, British Tea Cosies (2001, written as Amelia Carlson), was quickly sold out; once out of print, Fiber Trends picked up two of the patterns for their knitting pattern line, Nanny Meier's Tea Cosy and The Braided Cable Tea Cosy. Her second book, Spindling: The Basics (2003, four printings) is now a cult classic with over a thousand copies sold in her own Learn to Spin Kits. Productive Spindling (2009) is Amelia's first full-length book with its own ISBN and everything. Amelia looks forward to a bright future as a teacher and writer, and continuing to enjoy the accolades of her students and readers.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Cidrolin on November 1, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I started to spin a few months ago, and have read and used some of the usually recommended beginner's books, but this one is far more useful to a learner than the other ones I own because it really covers everything you need to understand in a clear and logical way. It is really like having an experienced spinner right in the room with you, and the self-published features make it an even more personal presence.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MicheleB on October 14, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
I'm a new spindler; I bought a Turkish Delight from Jenkins Woodworking in August 2009. Then I had to figure out what to do with it! A friend taught me how to use it, but I wanted more info. Most spinning books treat spindling like an intro to a wheel. I don't want a wheel. But I wanted to know more about spinning and plying and twist. This book is perfect for all of that. Thank you to the author!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Annalea on October 13, 2010
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First, let me say that I agree wholeheartedly with previous happy reviewers: the info in this book is excellent. There's a lot of info, from basic to more advanced, on how to really use a spindle well, and really produce with it.

However.

For the price, I must admit I expected more. This is a spiral-bound booklet that is very clearly made at an office supply store. The cover is alright, with a beautiful color photograph, but that's where the color and beauty ends. There are small diagrams and small photos sprinkled throughout the text, but a fair number of photos are hard to look at because they're low-resolution & grainy black and white, and some of them just too dark (or dark & overexposed with flash). I'm a big fan of black and white photography . . . so the lack of color really isn't the problem for me. It's the lack of quality.

There are 50 pages (i.e. 25 sheets) between the covers, and the simple, small, shallowly-punched cerlox binding won't last long with regular use. I'm considering keeping it, because the info is good, but I'm feeling disappointed due to the fact that the photos are low quality--especially when I've read so many great reviews of this book. I'll be adding customer photos so future buyers can really see what they're buying.

If you do decide to buy this book, I recommend ordering from Knit Picks, where the price is much more in line with the quality of the finished product.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Jackson on March 7, 2010
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So much information is presented. Different fibers are talked about as well as a very thorough discussion about different spindles.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Doll Artist on September 10, 2010
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I wish I had bought this book first when learning to hand spin...because it is the only book I would have needed! It covers the subject of hand spinning thoropughly and does not leave anything out. Most spinning books cover hand spinning very little and assume that most spinners will be using a spinning wheel...I never plan on owning a spinning wheel, as I love to hand spin...it is very relaxing and portable! Finding a book or instructions on the subject can discourage a new hand-spinner if they do not know where to look...well look no further if you are a hand spinner (or want to learn)...you will LOVE this book! I do!
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