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The Intentional Spinner w/DVD: A Holistic Approach to Making Yarn Paperback – October 12, 2010
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"Of course it's good! What did you expect? Judith MacKenzie-McCuin + Interweave = spinny goodness." - Knitty.com
"In this complete overview of the art and science of creating hand-spun yarn, McCuin covers characteristics of different types of fiber, techniques for spinning yarns, and caring for hand-spun yarn and includes a few basic projects." - Library Journal
"5 out of 5 stars. Fascinating reading. This is an excellent, detailed book with lots of technical information." - Knitting News
"If the words 'warp' and 'weft' spark off a dream of sitting by a spinning wheel on a wintry afternoon, this book can make your dreams come true. It explains everything you need to know about fibre types and how to spin, and includes several start-to-finish spin-and-knit projects." - AllAboutYou.com
When I first picked up [this book] I would never have guessed that this relatively small, slim volume held so much information. But then, to design and produce a yarn with the properties you intended, a holistic approach, considering all the factors contributing to a yarn's properties, is desirable. And that's a lot of information. Before moving on to yarn design, this book covers the qualities of many protein, cellulose and manufactured fibres (spider silk, anyone?), methods for analysing existing yarns, and spinning techniques from fibre preparation to singles creation, plying and cabling. The spinning techniques covered in the second part of the book are simply inspirational. The drafting methods alone will keep an improving spinner happily practising for hours, and the wheel adjustment flowchart is definitely a go-to reference. The plying, cabling an rich, so detailed, th
"If you're a wheel spinner with some experience who wants to take a more intellectual and scientific approach to yarn making, The Intentional Spinner is full of information that can help you take your spinning to the next level." - Sarah E. White, About.com Guide
"If you're interested in the history and theory of spinning as well as the practice, there's plenty of in-depth information to be absorbed." - Inside Crochet
"The Intentional Spinner has a lot to offer spinners wanting to make their yarns more consistent, more like what they envision, or just more fun, you won't want to pass by this book." -- Cindy K, Knitcircus
"Novices will appreciate the easy-to-follow directions, while content on fiber preparation and novelty yarns will attract intermediate and advanced spinners." - Library Journal
"Not just a collection of information, but to a large extent a collection of wisdom. It has taken me 2 years of self taught spinning to gather just a fraction of the wisdom that she has jotted down in her book." - CastOn.com Podcast
"Judith MacKenzie McCuin is practically a legend in spinning circles. As in, she spins circles around everyone else. If you spin even a little, run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore or library to take a look at this book." - KnittingScholar.com
"Fascinating reading. This is an excellent, detailed book with lots of technical information." - Knitting News
"If there's any reason to criticize Judith MacKenzie McCuin's The Intentional Spinner, it would be because there's so much detail in t
About the Author
Judith MacKenzie McCuin is a textile artist with more than twenty years of experience. She is the author of Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and has contributed to a variety of industry publications, including Handwoven, Interweave Knits, PieceWork, and Spin-Off. She lives in Forks, Washington.
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Her real weakness is anything to do with wheel mechanics. She either has only a tenuous grasp of the physics involved, or is very careless in her speech and writing. Either way, I find it extremely detrimental to beginners, and irritating beyond belief to anyone with a technical background. Interweave really needs to get a good technical editor for her books, and especially her videos.
The DVD is just clips from "The Gentle Art of Plying". If you thought you were going to get video of the spinning techniques in the book, you'll be disappointed.