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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books; Second Edition, Second edition edition (November 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570764646
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570764646
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,465 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Is 15 years a long enough time period to warrant a revision-update of a classic how-to-spin-part-two book? Though sheep don�t change much in a decade and a half, equipment does, as do clothing styles and trends. So New Zealand weaver-spinner Field (The Ashford Book of Spinning, 1987) builds on her initial book, adding color photographs (especially important when differentiating between and among Romneys or Merinos or Lincolns), updating equipment types, and featuring 10 projects with flair enough for contemporary stitchers. What doesn�t change? The wealth of information packed into the narrative and sidebars, from an enumeration of the properties of wool and the advantages and disadvantages of sheep coats to clear notes about the appropriate uses of various fleeces. Best yet is Field�s sense of humor. Who could argue with �Analyzing a fleece is rather like following the clues in a detective novel?� Classification of New Zealand wools, wool analysis chart, drive ratio and twists per inches, and spinning to match the crimp are appended. --Barbara Jacobs

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Thoroughly researched and written from experience - concise, clear and informative. This is just what I'd expect and would want to offer for the benefit of a new spinner moving on "beyond the basics" ... There is a great deal in this one book - I thought it rather expensive until I realised how much is included, and how well written it is. Yarn Maker Well presented throughout with clear colour photos ... the book will make a great addition to any spinner's library Journal for Weavers, Spinners and Dyers --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

The writing is clear and concise, the author feels approachable through the text.
Webgecko
If I could recommend one book to every spinner, no matter what the skill level, it would be Spinning Wool, Beyond the Basics.
Teresa Hubbard
This is something I feel the need to do every night when I curl up in bed with this book.
Wooly Bully

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on December 2, 2010
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This is the book that first got me interested in all of the sheep breeds and how their wools differ from each other. I was a knitter who thought wool was wool was wool except for Merino. Then I took up spinning and read this book and I was off and running. I now collect wool from every sheep I can and spin the in as many ways as I can. This book was my jumping off point for my 10 year obsession. Out of print for a long time, now it's back. if this book isn't in your spinning library it needs to get there pronto even if you never have any intention of touching a raw fleece.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Teresa Hubbard on June 7, 2011
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Spinning Wool Beyond the Basics is the best spinning reference I have ever seen. I am not a novice, but having this book when I first began to spin would have been a God send. Even now, I seem to learn something from nearly every page. If I could recommend one book to every spinner, no matter what the skill level, it would be Spinning Wool, Beyond the Basics. This book is worth much more than the cost.
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Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics appears in a fine revised guide to all spinners who want to move to the next level in their work. It's now in full color and goes beyond basics in teaching spinner how to analyze fleeces and get the most out of a spinning wheel. Yarn design is presented with step-by-step instructions and photos of the spinning process as a whole.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By CPS on August 8, 2011
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My go-to spinning book has always been Judith McCuin's Intentional Spinner and I thought it couldn't be more comprehensive. But I was pleasantly delighted by Anne Field's book. Interesting information on spinning various types of wool (although perhaps not many spinners would have access to many of the wools included)and the information on spinning to the number of crimps per inch in the fleece and to the various drive ratios on your wheel is very helpful. The book is heavily illustrated with useful step-by-step photos including how to use hand carders, combs, drum carders and spinning woolen and worsted yarn techniques. The projects at the end of the book are probably the only disappointment in an otherwise outstanding book. Many look kind of dumpy or are a retread of things you can find in other books. Still, it's worth five stars or more for all that the book offers. It will definitely make you a better spinner if you experiment with some of the techniques offered. Bravo!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Wooly Bully on March 13, 2012
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I don't do reviews. This is something I feel the need to do every night when I curl up in bed with this book. Finally I understand the relationship between wool breeds, whorl size, twist and yarn size. Until I read this book everything was a guessing game. I finally can plan to spin the right yarn from a particular fiber and with this knowledge, feel that there is a logical approach to my favorite craft. This is what was missing from my library of dozens of spinning books. I'll keep it short-just make sure, after you have the basics down, you get this and read it until it all makes sense.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By WisJim on February 6, 2011
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This book has lots of good information about wool that is a step beyond the bare-boned basics, including information about different breeds of sheep and how the wool varies among breeds. This should give more understanding about why some techniques work well on some wool and not on others, and give a less experienced spinner some basic knowledge that will enhance their experience of spinning.
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