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Linen: Hand Spinning and Weaving Hardcover – April, 1990

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Pr (April 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0934026521
  • ISBN-13: 978-0934026529
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,899,728 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Linen: Hand Spinning and Weaving

by Patricia Baines


"All hand spinners and weavers, whether or not experienced in this aspect of the craft, will welcome a detailed description of the spinning and weaving of linen. Patricia Baines covers all stages of the process in great detail, from the unique properties of the flax fibre right through to finishing and caring for linen. She passes on a vast amount of detailed knowledge, gained through practical experience, with many alternative approaches which readers will appreciate as they develop their own skills. The result is a book, which is both authoritative and accessible.

Spinning techniques are described with detailed coverage of dressing distaffs and the most suitable tools to use. Every aspect of preparing the yarn is covered: bleaching and dyeing with suitable natural dyes as well as modern reactive dyes.

The section on weaving is specifically for the use of hand-spun yarns, although it will be helpful in connection with machine-spun yarns: there are detailed descriptions of warping, dressing the loom, sizing and the actual weaving process. Basic drafts of traditional patterns are given, with guidance on analyzing patterned linen as a starting point for the weaver's own work. A description of the shaft draw loom opens up the possibilities of designing diaper block patterns and damask motifs. The author ends with background information on flax and its processing; related fibres such as hemp, ramie and nettle; and spinning for lace, knitting and crochet. All readers, both novice and expert, will welcome the particularly detailed glossary.

No other single volume covers this subject in such detail: this book is likely to be the standard source of information for a long time to come."
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