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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." -

"The production quality of the DVD is great, providing a high level of detail and material that coordinates nicely with the book." - Knitcircus

About the Author

Jacey Boggs runs the popular spinning website 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.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; Pap/DVD edition (January 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596683627
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596683624
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #298,222 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By ILoveAmazon on December 22, 2011
Format: Paperback
Flawlessly photographed...expertly presented. The definitive bible on textured/art yarns. Jacey shows you how to craft spectacular yarns, that are made to last. You won't find anything slap dash, fly by the seat of your pants here. This book is chock filled with techniques you want to know now! The book dives into the hardcore techniques that some spinnners crave. Even if you're and experienced spinner, you will find valuable little tidbits throughout.

The book is very technical, it goes the extra mile where other spinning books don't. I broke the rules and started spinning 4 years ago, before I had a clue. I wish this book had come out 4 years ago! It covers equipment, orifice styles, guides, tensioning. There's a handy chapter on "tips" which is a good reminder to seasoned spinners as how to construct yarn, and I assume will be a revelation to new spinners. Jacey leaves no stone unturned. The book covers a myriad of spinning styles. From corespinning, to wild tailspinning...even faux boucle...and something called "bubblewrapping" which I can't wait to try. The book is perfectly couched with excellent illustrations, and how-to numbered snapshots that walk you through each technique. Did I mention the colorful awesome photos? The yarns are juicy with color, they make you want to run to your spinning wheel and get spinning! I have many spinning books, they are all really good. This one is one of my new favorites...I am super excited to get to attend one of Jacey's workshops coming up next year.

12/25 Follow up, I watched the accompanying DVD.

It was very well thought out, and presented. I have to note the lighting wasn't as good as I would have liked. I found it a little distracting.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By CJ on December 31, 2011
Format: Paperback
I must admit, the first time I saw Jacey Boggs' yarns I wasn't impressed. As a knitter and a spinner, what use did I have for yarn with felted eyeballs in it? I figured she was a fad and that she'd blow over and disappear, leaving the field for "serious" spinners. I can't tell you how wrong I was and how happy I am to have been so wrong.

This last summer I took a 3-day class with Jacey at the prodding of a fiber friend. My mind was blown. Apparently, when she takes on a challenge, Jacey jumps in head first and completely immerses herself in the task. When she started spinning, she spent 4-6 hours a day making yarn. That's pretty incredible for a new spinner. I've been spinning for almost 20 years (off and on) and she said things that made me re-evaluate what I was doing and actually do it better.

What does that have to do with this book? Let me tell you. Boggs spent so much time spinning in order to figure out what the fiber will do so that she could then make it do what SHE wanted (know the rules so you know which ones you can break). If you understand the structure of fiber and the effects of the work you're doing, you'll understand the resulting yarn and be able to incorporate it into your own work very precisely.

Spin Art is essentially a multi-day workshop with Jacey sitting next to you and showing you what to do. She starts you off with easily do-able yarns. Even if you've never tried "art yarn", you can make these first few. Once you conquer those, you will be able to work your way through the book trying everything. The pictures are wonderful and while her descriptions may seem strange, do exactly what she says the first time through. It will all become clear, I promise.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By DebPardee on December 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is the follow up to Jacey Boggs'first, wildly successful DVD on spinning art yarn. This book builds on the techniques shown last DVD by going into step by step detail on everything from how to set up your spinning wheel to how to hold your hands with gorgeous pictures to illustrate. This book is a must have and not just for art yarn spinners. It teaches fiber control and wheel set ups that benefit even the most vanilla of yarn spinners.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Kinzie on February 15, 2012
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I've been spinning for years and didn't have much use for novelty yarns. What do you do with them? And why waste all that time for a yarn that in the end wasn't all that useful? Then I saw this book. It's not really that the novelty yarns presented are better than they've ever been, but the explanations of how to make them--and why are beyond wonderful and the yarns themselves are fantastic eye candy. There are no finished projects in the book (unless the yarn itself counts, and that's just fine by me), but the beauty of the yarns and the clarity of the presentation made me start looking for the possibilities. And don't overlook the included DVD. I'm not much on instructional videos, but this one is very good AND shows knitted swatches. Best spinning money I ever spent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Delphine on January 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I bought Jacey Boogs DVD a while ago (all spinners needs it I thing, fun and easy to follow) and liked it so much I pre-ordered her book as soon as it was announced. I waited for it patiently...for 2 months... I finally received it a few days ago and am in love with it. I can't wait to have more time to read it properly. I bought a few books about spinnings, fibbers, yarns... but this one is by far the most incredible book I have. The pictures are amazing (and yes it is very important!!!!). The subdivisions are clear and easy to follow and there is tons of explanations to make the most amazing yarns you could imagine. Not mentioning the DVD that came with! It unfortunately does not make yarn for you and I anticipate a lot of bad words certainly to make something not even close to what it should be. You'll still need to practice...over and over ;)
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