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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Visual; 1 edition (April 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470098457
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470098455
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #260,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

JUDITH MACKENZIE McCUIN is a nationally known master weaver, spinner, and fiber artist. She teaches handspinning, weaving, knitting, and dyeing around the country, and has led textile tours in Europe and Asia. Her articles are regularly featured in Spin-Off magazine.

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Excellent book purchased for my wife's birthday.
I D GASTON
I love all the "Teach Yourself Visually" books, and look for them first whenever I want to learn about something.
Vrisi1
The pictures help to illustrate the text in the book.
akasha_in_nyc

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156 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Klara Decker on September 7, 2007
Format: Paperback
This book had a lot of potential - great spinning teacher, big publisher, professional layout and photographer - but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The overall impression I had was that of a spinning class for beginners where the teacher says "Spinning is a great hobby, you can do this, and this, and this, and this, it's really great - well, sorry, I don't have the time to explain HOW you do it, but you'll figure it out". There's supposedly a little bit of everything, but for a beginner the explanations are just not detailed enough (and even for me, with some years of experience, the "rainbow pot" didn't work out). Now, that's just the general impression, but there's also a number of specific points to criticize.

First of all, pictures are not very good. The "closeup" shots of yarn and fibre are not close enough and the pictures don't always go very well with the text: The different types of spinning wheel (bobbin-lead, scotch tension, double drive) are illustrated with full frontal shots of the wheels - you can see pedals and drivewheel, but not even guess how drive band and brake band are running - which is the only important thing. The only picture (in this chapter) that does show the drive/brake band arrangement is that of a scotch tension wheel right next to the headline "bobbin-driven wheels". Page 77: "The hooks on most flyers are offset, which makes it easier to fill the bobbins evenly. You move the yarn from the hood on the right side to the hook on the left side, from one end of the flyer to the other" - for that to work the hooks need to be on opposite sides of the flyer arms (so that both rows of hooks are visible - or invisible - at the same time when the flyer is horizontal) and this is NOT the case on the wheel that's shown on this page.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By akasha_in_nyc on June 20, 2008
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I found this is a great book for the beginning spinner. It covers both wheel & spindle spinning which is very helpful. It allows you to get a feeling for the basics.

The pictures help to illustrate the text in the book. Though as always, I wish there were more images as I find I learn best visually.

It certainly can't replace having someone to help you learn. But if you can't find a spinning group in your area, this is a great way to start.

I also found that because it goes over different fibers and how to spin them, it will be useful beyond just the beginner.

Given the amount of space devoted to pictures, do not expect this to cover everything. But I found that is was the best purchase I could have made as a beginner. I reference it again and again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Anderson on September 15, 2008
Format: Paperback
I think the "Teach Yourself Visually" series isn't well-named. I have "Teach Yourself Knitting" and couldn't learn knitting from the book. I think it's because knitting is a great solo hobby, but it's also fun to share.

It's fairly tough to learn handspinning without a teacher. I started with a drop spindle and roving. I was able to spin a bit, but it was hard to troubleshoot the process. Am I using too much roving? Why is my yarn falling apart? Am I twisting it enough? Not enough?

As with the "visual knitting" book, I think it's a great resource for the intermediate beginner to advance his/her skills, but it's too difficult to use to learn from scratch.

Ultimately, I decided to pass on handspinning and develop my knitting skills.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Lynn A. Parker on June 1, 2007
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I've been a spinner for a couple of years now and yet learned quite a bit from Judith MacKenzie's book. It is as complete an introduction and review of handspinning as you can get in the written/photograhed medium. She ought to do a DVD as an accompaniment. Thanks Ms. MacKenzie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 14, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book has been touted as a good hit the deck running book for spinners and potential spinners. That is true; however it is also very useful for people that have quite a bit of spinning under their belt.

It really is the visual that make a difference. The only thing better are the now available DVD's. The descriptions at first may seem a little superficial or curt. However you cannot explain what it takes a book's worth of knowledge in one paragraph.

One may look at page 15 and wonder want a bobbin driven wheel is but this is not a place to go into detail; it is just a preview of what will be explained later in the book.

I can see where it would be easy to learn to spin one way and become an expert, yet still miss some of the finer points and even useful equipment. This is why you may want to read the book from cover to cover before investing time and money. I was glad to see that most of the pictures were of Ashford equipment as that is what I am most used to using.

This is a must for your library. Also even when you know something is nice to have a different view on the subject. Be sure to supplement this book with articles from the author in "Spinoff" magazine.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Unbiased&ImpartialReader on January 18, 2013
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I used this book along with some others to teach myself to spin. Very nice and handy book but I needed a couple other books to go with it to help clarify what I needed to do as I learned to spin. I gave it 4 stars because of the amount of great info. Its a favorite and a great reference book but I couldn't learn to spin from this book alone. Now that I know how to spin, I frequently look back at this book for fiber info and diferent tips and techniques.
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