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Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn Paperback – March 1, 2008
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"The techniques are shown clearly, which makes this the best of all publications in this review for communicating spinning technique... Maggie Casey has more 'troubleshooting' help... and I think this is very important for new spinners struggling to resolve problems." - Dorothy Lumb, YarnMarket
"Well, hallelujah! A wonderful, inspiring new introductory overview of spinning. This is a FANTASTIC book." - Deb Robson, former editor, Spin-Off magazine
"[An] excellent introduction to the craft...highly recommended for public libraries." - Library Journal
"The brilliant thing about this book are Maggie's hands. They are everywhere. On nearly every page is a close-up photo of Maggie demonstrating every aspect of spinning." - knitty.com
"This book is one of the best beginner books on spinning I have ever read...even the experienced spinner will learn quite a lot by reading it." - Spindle and Wheel online magazine
"This is the sort of instruction book I wish was available when I struggled to teach myself how to spin...the next best thing to taking private spinning lessons." - Monsters and Critics.com
"5 out of 5 stars. This is an excellent book for anyone who is thinking about learning to spin or who already has a spindle or wheel." - Knitting News
About the Author
Maggie Casey is the co-owner of Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, where she also teaches the art of spinning to classes of all skill levels. She has contributed articles to Spin Off and Knitters Review and has served as judge at various spinning competitions. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.
Top Customer Reviews
As the title says, this book is an encyclopedia for spinning. It's perfect for beginners, and also has information for intermediate to advanced spinners. I consider myself an intermediate spinner. I don't have a ton of experience, but I can spin an even yarn to the approximate girth that I am shooting for. I don't know how to spin any novelty yarns (yet, see Intertwined: The Art of Handspun Yarn, Modern Patterns and Creative Spinning (Handspun Revolution)), and I have never spun enough of one yarn to make anything bigger than a vest. There is a lot of information in this book that is new to me and that I intend to use to enhance my own spinning skills.
Maggie's book includes instructions for spinning on a drop spindle and on a wheel, as well as lots of great material on preparing fiber for spinning. Color photos throughout illustrate all of the techniques, and Maggie is the model in the photos, which means that they all accurately depict the way she holds her hands and the fiber. The book is also infused with Maggie's personality and lots of humor, which makes it fun just to read even if you're not quite ready to get the fiber into your hands. If you've been thinking about learning to spin, this book truly is the right place to start. If you're a seasoned spinner, you'll find some advice and tips that will help you improve your skill.
Based on the reviews here, I bought a copy and agree completely with the 5-stars that most of the reviewers gave it.
It's like a teacher in a box. Great illustrations. Clear definitions of terms that you really need to know Does not overwhelm you with jargon that you will pick up later if you get seduced by the craft. Covers everything from basic spinning, plying and using your handspun to choosing a wheel, planning a project, buying and evaluating fleece for spinning. SIMPLE and CLEAR. And not too much information.
I love this book and would recommend it to anyone curious about the craft of spinning and wanting a good reference guide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is an excellent introduction for those wanting to learn how to spin, covering techniques for preperation, spinning techniques on both spindle and spinning wheel, plying and... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rebekka K. Steg
this is a great book, lots of info and pictures - just took a spinning class and teacher recommended it - it is for wheel spinning more than hand spinners -Published 4 months ago by Georgine Podhorszky
The book is good, but could be fantastic. The topics are all there, from working with a raw fleece to knitting with your self-spun yarn and wheel maintenance. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Karen