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Product Details

  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680654
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,612 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The techniques are shown clearly, which makes this the best of all publications in this review for communicating spinning technique... Maggie Casey has more 'troubleshooting' help... and I think this is very important for new spinners struggling to resolve problems." - Dorothy Lumb, YarnMarket

"Well, hallelujah! A wonderful, inspiring new introductory overview of spinning. This is a FANTASTIC book." - Deb Robson, former editor, Spin-Off magazine

"[An] excellent introduction to the craft...highly recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal

"The brilliant thing about this book are Maggie's hands. They are everywhere. On nearly every page is a close-up photo of Maggie demonstrating every aspect of spinning." - knitty.com

"This book is one of the best beginner books on spinning I have ever read...even the experienced spinner will learn quite a lot by reading it." - Spindle and Wheel online magazine

"This is the sort of instruction book I wish was available when I struggled to teach myself how to spin...the next best thing to taking private spinning lessons." - Monsters and Critics.com

"5 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking about learning to spin or who already has a spindle or wheel." - Knitting News

About the Author

Maggie Casey is the co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, where she also teaches the art of spinning to classes of all skill levels. She has contributed articles to Spin Off and Knitters Review and has served as judge at various spinning competitions. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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This book is full of good information and is well illustrated with clear photos.
wendy k b
I love this book and would recommend it to anyone curious about the craft of spinning and wanting a good reference guide.
Judith Donovan
I learned to Spin from Maggie herself, and this book was like her classes - outstanding.
Cheryl Riniker

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81 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Donna on April 23, 2008
Format: Paperback
Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn is by the owner of our local yarn shop, Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, Colorado, one of the best spinning teachers on the planet.

As the title says, this book is an encyclopedia for spinning. It's perfect for beginners, and also has information for intermediate to advanced spinners. I consider myself an intermediate spinner. I don't have a ton of experience, but I can spin an even yarn to the approximate girth that I am shooting for. I don't know how to spin any novelty yarns (yet, see Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns and Creative Spinning (Handspun Revolution)), and I have never spun enough of one yarn to make anything bigger than a vest. There is a lot of information in this book that is new to me and that I intend to use to enhance my own spinning skills.

Maggie's book includes instructions for spinning on a drop spindle and on a wheel, as well as lots of great material on preparing fiber for spinning. Color photos throughout illustrate all of the techniques, and Maggie is the model in the photos, which means that they all accurately depict the way she holds her hands and the fiber. The book is also infused with Maggie's personality and lots of humor, which makes it fun just to read even if you're not quite ready to get the fiber into your hands. If you've been thinking about learning to spin, this book truly is the right place to start. If you're a seasoned spinner, you'll find some advice and tips that will help you improve your skill.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Riniker on March 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I learned to Spin from Maggie herself, and this book was like her classes - outstanding. Her years of experience teaching others to spin are evident in the tips and descriptions of the book. She walks through various aspects of spinning from fiber selection and preparation to drafting techniques, plying, and finishing. The photos of the techniques in the book are especially well done. She references several types of spinning wheels so regardless of the spinning wheel you have or might choose, you have seen enough varieties of a flyer or drive band adjustment knob to make the connection.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By sfknitter on March 18, 2008
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I'm familiar with the author through her articles on spinning. I happily pre-ordered this book and am very happy that I did. As the previous comment indicates, it is like a class. It has the small and big details (like exactly where to place wheel cords) I need to know to start spinning. The book is written in very encouraging terms and me too, I love the very good photos. Of course nothing is better than a class with Maggie Casey but this book is sure helping!! (I've only had it a day too.)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Judith Donovan on June 16, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm a new spinner and felt overwhelmed with the technical aspects of it when I decided to learn. What I needed was a "just the facts" kind of guide that would let me get started and not overwhelm me with nerdy technical stuff that passionate and experienced practitioners love to talk about. Start Spinning is definitely it!

Based on the reviews here, I bought a copy and agree completely with the 5-stars that most of the reviewers gave it.

It's like a teacher in a box. Great illustrations. Clear definitions of terms that you really need to know Does not overwhelm you with jargon that you will pick up later if you get seduced by the craft. Covers everything from basic spinning, plying and using your handspun to choosing a wheel, planning a project, buying and evaluating fleece for spinning. SIMPLE and CLEAR. And not too much information.

I love this book and would recommend it to anyone curious about the craft of spinning and wanting a good reference guide.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amy (Boogie) King on March 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is a fantastic beginner's book. It has the basics of spinning (spindles and wheels) with many clear pictures. It also has a section on carding. It's full of great tips and hints. It's a must have book if you are starting on your journey into spinning.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Audrey C. Friedman on January 26, 2010
Format: DVD
I am astounded at the quality of this instructional tool!

Maggie, in a calm, soft voice, gently instructs Eunny Jang about everything from fiber prep, wheel mechanics, several methods of drafting, and included everything that a new spinner might need to know. Eunny is a smart student, asking the intelligent questions that any knitter/spinner might wonder about.

I've already watched twice. Still learning to refine my techniques after learning to spin last April. Maggie fills the gaps. She reminds me of what my local teacher taught me last Spring and I either forgot or didn't understand initially.

This is a must have for any new spinner!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JAK in WDC on September 4, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Interweave in certainly a major presence in the fiber community and may of us look forward to the latest issue of Interweave Knits to arrive. I am just starting to spin and was looking for a basic guide and this sounded like the perfect solution. I'm glad I got the disk, but I was a bit disappointed with the disk. Maggie takes Eunny through all the steps in starting to spin, gives you several ways to draft, goes over fiber prep, and gives tips on wheel care. While the information is good, the production of the video was lacking. It seems the director was unfamiliar with spinning and didn't know what to include in the shots. This is understandable, but there should have someone in the process to be sure that the proper information was being captured. There are some basic mistakes. When Maggie is showing one drafting technique she is using a dark fiber and she is wearing dark pants. The result is the fiber disappears against her pants and it's difficult to see what is going on. Someone should have caught that. There are several sections where Maggie is explaining how to hold the fiber or draw out the fiber while you are spinning, but the shot stay on the front of her instead of going to her hands. There is one instance where she is specifically telling you and demonstrating the incorrect hand position on the fiber that causes slubs, but the shot doesn't go to her hands until after she has finished demonstrating the incorrect hand position. The same goes for when Eunny is changing the bobbin on the wheel. The shot stays on the front while she is removing the bobbin and adjusting the drive bands, so we can't see what she is doing. They never show Eunny spinning at all.Read more ›
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