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The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook: More Than 200 Fibers, from Animal to Spun Yarn Hardcover – June 1, 2011
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The sheer complexity of the subject made clear, useful and not just interesting, but fascinating. More than 200 animal fibers and breeds laid out and dissected by an animal expert and a spinning expert jump off of the page in concise prose that speaks to the history of the breed; fleece, fiber and lock characteristics; using the fiber in dyeing, spinning, knitting and weaving. The photography is crisp enough to count crimps and shows fiber as washed and unwashed; prepped and spun, and sometimes knit or woven. The authors manage to do all of this using 2-4 pages per breed.
Spinners (and knitters) this is the book you’ve been asking for: more photos and breeds than In Sheep’s Clothing and more sheepy and animal goodness than The Knitter's Book of Wool. A labor of sheepy love and a stellar book."
About the Author
Carol Ekarius is the co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook, The Field Guide to Fleece, and Storey’s Guide to Raising Sheep, and she is the author of several books, including Small-Scale Livestock Farming, Storey’s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds, and Storey’s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs. She lives in the mountains of Colorado, where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy.
Deborah Robson is co-author of The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook and Knitting in the Old Way. She is a former editor of both Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot and Spin-Off magazine, and she is currently the editor and publisher of Nomad Press, which publishes books on traditional and ethnic knitting and spinning. Robson is also an artist, working in textiles, printmaking, and oils. She lives in Colorado with her daughter.
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The British Wool Board's British Sheep and Wool was my wish book until now, but this book goes way, way, way beyond that. The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook is 448 lavishly color-illustrated pages simply jam-packed with information. Every breed of sheep you can possibly think of (and more) is covered, along with goats, rabbits, horses, camelids, bison, yaks, musk oxen, dogs and cats, and even wild animals such as wolves.
Each breed section incorporates wonderful color pictures of the breed in question, of raw and washed staples of its wool (in several colors, where applicable), and of several types of yarn spun from its fiber along with information about the tools used in its creation. Breed sections range from two to ten pages; Shetland people, you are going to love the Shetland section!
As I write this I'm reviewing the three-page section about Rough Fells, a breed I would keep if they were available in North America. Material includes a comprehensive description of Rough Fells illustrated by a gorgeous picture of a group of five sheep (love those guys!), a big color picture of Rough Fell staples and yarn, and a page with "Rough Fell Facts" (fleece weight, staple length, fiber diameter, lock characteristics, and natural colors) along with a half page write-up on "Using Rough Fell Fiber" including dying, fiber preparation and spinning tips, and knitting, crocheting, and weaving.Read more ›
This is an outstanding piece of research and compilation of over 200 fiber producing animals whose fiber is available to the fiber arts community. The authors have provided descriptions, history and photos of the animals, and photos of the raw and cleaned fiber, colors, yarns, and knitted and woven swatches. Special note is made of breeds that are rare and endangered, allowing fiber users the opportunity to choose fiber and thus support the farmers who breed these animals. Potential uses of each fiber are also mentioned. All that's missing is the actual fiber sample, which is not doable in a work of this magnitude at a price anyone could afford. It's amazing that the authors were able to acquire samples of so many different fibers that they could work with and evaluate themselves.
This book is an essential reference for anyone using animal fibers for any purpose. Breeds and species represented cover most of the world, though some sheep and goats specific to some parts of Asia and Africa are not included. Better known fiber animals from the Americas and Europe are discussed and described. It's not likely that fiber from the animals omitted would be available to many spinners, knitters and weavers in Western countries.
The photos in the book are superb, but unfortunately the photos in the Kindle edition are mostly low resolution and poor quality, especially the fiber and yarn photos. They're very small, and the labels on fiber and yarns in the Kindle version are not even readable in many cases, a real shame given the work that went into them and the valuable information they provide.Read more ›
I was prepared to be impressed by this book. Just knowing the amount of work that went into it, I was ready to like it. (How much work? Just for starters, the bibliography is five pages long. The index ix nine pages.) But "like" is too mild a word. I was floored by how exceptional this book is. Though it's true-there are no patterns in this book. There are no instructions on spinning. No step-by-step guides on how to prepare a fleece for spinning. There are plenty of books that do those things. But this? This is a love letter to sheep, to wool, and to the history of human beings and natural fiber.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're looking for a true source type book on different fibers and wools this is the one. can't get much better than this. It's worth the price. You'll be using it forever.Published 2 months ago by Julia Hollingsworth
No designs... just information.. but beautifully put together book about Fleece and Fiber. Details
are very nice and pictures are great
This is a simply delightful book. I have enjoyed learning of al kinds of breeds and their origins...so many I have never seen before. This is the bible on the subject.Published 2 months ago by Vickie
Got this for a friend and had it shipped to her. She was sooo happy to get it, and really fast shipping. Thanks!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you have this book and "The Field Guide to Fleece," you are pretty much covered in anything you need to know about an animal fiber you are considering working with. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Julie T. Perry
I highly recommend this book if you want to learn about fiber. It's amazing in its detail.Published 4 months ago by S-DKS
This is definitely the ultimate source for information on spinning fibers. I love the detailed descriptions of the various breeds of sheep, not just from a spinner's viewpoint, but... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ueberlaut
This has become my absolute favorite fiber book to date. It covers it all from breeding to samples of it worked up knitted and woven samples.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer