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Productive Spindling Spiral-bound – July 15, 2009

4.4 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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Reading Productive Spindling is like having some quality spinning time with a great teacher. For beginners and experts alike, Productive Spindling is an excellent reference compiled from years of spindling and teaching spindling. Thank you, Amelia! --Sheila Bosworth, maker of Bosworth Spindles

There is a new book available for the spindlers among us. Productive Spindling, by Amelia Garripoli takes a look at top and bottom whorl as well as Turkish spindle spinning methods. The goal: to boost productivity while keeping spindling fun. --IdaW on The Lime & Violet Daily Chum

A useful little book for all spindle spinners. An especially good book for beginning 'I could never spin on a spindle' spinners.

This book is packed with tips for spindle spinning in general and how to spin a quantity of yarn on a spindle in particular. I especially liked the discussion about consistency in spinning and winding on leading to a more packed spindle, as well as the very helpful section on plying with spindles. --Jillian Moreno on Knitty Spin, Fall '09 Cool Stuff

About the Author

Amelia grew up knitting, sewing, and doing a variety of crafts, but didn't learn to spin until 2001, when she purchased a home that came with two llamas. Since then, she's been spinning up a storm, learning, teaching, and writing on her blog Ask The Bellwether as well as articles for KnittySpin, Spin-Off, Yarn Magazine, and other publications.
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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Ask The Bellwether; First edition (July 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982438109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982438107
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 7.6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,705,721 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First, let me say that I agree wholeheartedly with previous happy reviewers: the info in this book is excellent. There's a lot of info, from basic to more advanced, on how to really use a spindle well, and really produce with it.

However.

For the price, I must admit I expected more. This is a spiral-bound booklet that is very clearly made at an office supply store. The cover is alright, with a beautiful color photograph, but that's where the color and beauty ends. There are small diagrams and small photos sprinkled throughout the text, but a fair number of photos are hard to look at because they're low-resolution & grainy black and white, and some of them just too dark (or dark & overexposed with flash). I'm a big fan of black and white photography . . . so the lack of color really isn't the problem for me. It's the lack of quality.

There are 50 pages (i.e. 25 sheets) between the covers, and the simple, small, shallowly-punched cerlox binding won't last long with regular use. I'm considering keeping it, because the info is good, but I'm feeling disappointed due to the fact that the photos are low quality--especially when I've read so many great reviews of this book. I'll be adding customer photos so future buyers can really see what they're buying.

If you do decide to buy this book, I recommend ordering from Knit Picks, where the price is much more in line with the quality of the finished product.
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I started to spin a few months ago, and have read and used some of the usually recommended beginner's books, but this one is far more useful to a learner than the other ones I own because it really covers everything you need to understand in a clear and logical way. It is really like having an experienced spinner right in the room with you, and the self-published features make it an even more personal presence.
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I'm a new spindler; I bought a Turkish Delight from Jenkins Woodworking in August 2009. Then I had to figure out what to do with it! A friend taught me how to use it, but I wanted more info. Most spinning books treat spindling like an intro to a wheel. I don't want a wheel. But I wanted to know more about spinning and plying and twist. This book is perfect for all of that. Thank you to the author!
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So much information is presented. Different fibers are talked about as well as a very thorough discussion about different spindles.
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I wish I had bought this book first when learning to hand spin...because it is the only book I would have needed! It covers the subject of hand spinning thoropughly and does not leave anything out. Most spinning books cover hand spinning very little and assume that most spinners will be using a spinning wheel...I never plan on owning a spinning wheel, as I love to hand spin...it is very relaxing and portable! Finding a book or instructions on the subject can discourage a new hand-spinner if they do not know where to look...well look no further if you are a hand spinner (or want to learn)...you will LOVE this book! I do!
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this seems to be a great book for those whom would like to start to use a spindle.
it has been a great source to me
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As I just got a new handspindler, of a different type. I was a bit lost. But this book gives you all the ins and outs of different spindlingtools. Good graphs. Properly explained for both the beginning spindler and the more advanced one.
It is a good problemsolver and pleasant reading on top of that.
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