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"One of the things I love about Jacey Boggs as a teacher is that she doesn't mess around by saying what she's teaching is quick or easy. She firmly states that you have to be able to spin to make textured yarns, and the better spinner you are the better texture yarns you will make and the more the process will make sense. There are 8 different types of yarn to make with this book, each building on the skill set of the one before it. She starts the book with a basic wrap technique and ends with a three layered yarn that is the spinning equivalent of rubbing your stomach, patting your head and dancing a jig all at the same time. In between she teaches about loop, coils, corespinning, beehives and all of the combinations of skills that make up the yarns that Jacey is known for and has been teaching around the world. There are typically 4-6 photos for each technique in this book and 2 of those are (really gorgeous) beauty shots. The remaining photos exactly illustrate the crux of making each yarn. These process shots were clearly chosen by Jacey herself. Each yarn technique is broken down into numbered written steps and explained in mechanical detail: set your wheel up this way, your fiber hand does this and your drafting hand does this. There is no magic. With this book, you learn yarn making in a way that is a repeatable, intentional yarn. You can look at the pictures and read the words and watch the DVD to have the lessons soak into your spinning mind through a variety of learning styles. The DVD follows each of the yarn lessons in the book -- it's very straightforward. It's great to see Jacey spin at her regular pace and also slowed down, so you can see the steps. I found myself rewinding to watch parts over and over. I will repeat that you have to know how to spin already to use this book; it's not for beginners. Even the most determined beginner might find themselves in a puddle of tears and cusswords if you try to leap straight into this type of yarn making. If you do know how to spin the basics, this book and DVD are an excellent learning experience." - Knitty.com
"The production quality of the DVD is great, providing a high level of detail and material that coordinates nicely with the book." - Knitcircus
Jacey Boggs runs the popular spinning website insubordiknit.com. Spinners around the world have explored new yarn techniques from her DVD Sit & Spin and her spinning workshops. She teaches through guilds, yarn shops, and at national and international events. She is a regular contributor to Spin-Off magazine. She lives in Missouri.
If you want to spin 'art yarn' or 'textured yarn' or 'crazy yarn' this is your book!
Just got my copy of the book this past weekend and looked through the book right away and finally got to sit down and watch the video that comes along with the book.
There is a lot to learn here and this book would make a great addition to any spinner's library.
Fantastic book coupled with the CD is a terrific way to take your spinning to the next level.Published 15 days ago by Wendy Robertson
The DVD makes it so easy to understand what she is writing in the book.Published 16 days ago by Soozie
Very good information and great pictures, but what is makes to get the 5 stars from me is the included DVD in which Jacey puts in action and alive everything is in the book.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I like the book but the CD was not good it kept stopping and acted like it was scratched, that was disappointing, as that was what I wanted most.Published 1 month ago by Susan S.
This is a fantastic instructional book on many levels. The text is packed with useful, technical information regarding how yarns are constructed, and the photographs very clearly... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amanda L. Anganes
After spinning even textured yarns for over 30 years, I'm ready to try something new. Spin Art: Mastering the Craft of Spinning Textured Yarn is what I've been looking for to teach... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claire Ottman (Cherry Valley Memorial Library, NY))
Super creative and if I ever get back to spinning this will be helpfulPublished 3 months ago by Tucson Tricia