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The Complete Guide to Spinning Yarn: Techniques, Projects, and Recipes Paperback – January 31, 2012


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin; 1 edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312591381
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312591380
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Whether you need help distinguishing a niddy-noddy from a nostepinne or are able to give Rumpelstiltskin a run for his money, you'll find something of itnerest in this impressive reference. Spinning is covered soup to nuts in ways expected...and with a new twist (specifically, the "recipe" chapter, discussing the raw "ingredients" needed to create a host of interesting blends, weights, and colorways....) [N]ewbies are given introductory advice; and experts are challenged to stretch their skills." ---Yarn Market News
 
"Calling anything a complete guide sets reader expectations high, but happily this book really covers a lot and does it well.... Overall, this is a very good book for beginning spinners, especially for those interested in using a spinning wheel, and its technique and recipe sections have lots of ideas for inttermediate spinners like myself to explore." ---Cindy K., Knitcircus

"[Y]ou will increase your knowledge and understanding of the ins and outs of spinning.... If you have wanted to learn to make your own hand spun or increase your skills, pick this book up and give it a spin." ---Paula Moliver, examiner.com

About the Author

BRENDA GIBSON has been spinning for over twenty years. She is an active member and past chair of the London Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers, having won awards for her spinning and weaving, and now teaches both subjects. She is a past winner of the Fashion and Textiles Award from  London's Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Customer Reviews

Very clear instructions and helpful hints for projects.
LKimmel
The descriptions of the types of fiber, crimp, staple length and suggested drafting techniques for each fiber is extremely helpful.
B. Love
A must have for beginning spinners and experienced spinners alike.
Sue Archbold

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By B. Love on May 29, 2012
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The spinning techniques, and in depth fiber information is very useful. The descriptions of the types of fiber, crimp, staple length and suggested drafting techniques for each fiber is extremely helpful. I have tried prepping both roving and top as suggested and the spinning was effortless. I would recommend this book to other beginner spinners. I use an eSpinner and prefer BFL, Corriedale and Polworth.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca L Kelley on August 15, 2013
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Incredible helpful and useful for the beginning spinner. I got it from the library and kept checking it out. Finally decided, I needed my own copy!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BeckyL on March 5, 2014
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Not a total novice, but I learned some things from this book. Great for beginner to intermediate spinners alike. It was recommended online by a member of a group I belong to. Not an in depth teaching manual, but enough concise information to learn the basic techniques. Very good pictorials and instructions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LKimmel on April 16, 2014
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For anyone who is learning to spin, this book is very helpful. Very clear instructions and helpful hints for projects.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amanda on April 4, 2014
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If you learn from lots of pictures, this book is for you. It is very organized and shows you exactly what you need to know. It is thorough without being boring.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 9, 2014
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This book is want everyone needs when looking up terms and techniques.

If you need in-depth explanations then it is time to buy a book on the particular topic. I find the DVD's from Interweave to be much better than any book.

The strength of this book is that no matter how yarn savvy one me be there is always something new or old that is missing from one's repertoire.

For anyone that really has no intention of spinning or dying, you are still bound to run across the occasional term in your reading. Do not gloss over the term look it up in this book and add to your reading pleasure.

If you do not want anyone touching your Niddy noddy you better know where it is.

The pictures and diagrams are worth the purchase alone.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LuckyNugget on July 25, 2014
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I really like this book and will enjoy it. I am a beginner to fiber prep/spinning and feel it can teach me the art and inspire me to go beyond it. Lovely pictures, good explanations, worthy addition to my spinning and fiber reference. I appreciate her explanations, she writes in a manner I can understand. Not deeply detailed, but a nice introduction. It does offer suggestions for the more experienced, but is truly geared as an introductory. It misses a fundamental or two in fiber prep for spinning, but really it touches on quite a bit. I will pour over this book many times.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Susan on January 9, 2013
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Good techniques--can't wait to try them all! Great pictures and sample yarns with detailed instructions given for each yarn. This will be a good go to book.
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