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Turning Wool into a Cottage Industry Paperback – January 9, 1991

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A cottage industry involving wool offers the pleasure of working with basic materials, combined with the satisfaction of operating a profitable business at home. Turning Wool into a Cottage Industry is the book for anyone who has ever thought about converting an interest in wool crafts into home-based income. Whether you purchase wool for your business or you need information about managing a flock of sheep, here is complete, no-nonsense, up-to-date information on home processing and selling raw and washed wool; carding, dyeing, handspinning, weaving, knitting, and felting wool, as well as preparing pelts; and the best equipment. Business and merchandising tips and descriptions of nineteen entrepreneurs who have proved it can be done will inspire you to expand your own wool-based income.

About the Author

A respected authority on sheep raising for over three decades, author Paula Simmons has written many books and magazines articles on spinning wool. She has authored three Storey books for children and adults, including Turning Wool Into a Cottage Industry and Raising Sheep the Modern Way, which many readers call their sheep "bible" and The Mother Earth News has dubbed it, "A fine shepherd's textbook." Paula is also a lecturer and conducts workshops in the United States and Canada on raising sheep and spinning wool for a living. Together with her husband, Ross, Paula has been raising and sheering sheep, and spinning and weaving wool for over 20 years on their farm in Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Rev Upd edition (January 9, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882666851
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882666853
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A little disappointing! Some good information but too much sheep care (not the subject of this book) and far too much space extolling the virtures of Cottage Industry carders and Patrick Green's other carders. I'm not used to having to pay to receive advertising!
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There is some good information in this book and it is worth a read. The reason for the three stars is that it is very dated...most of the material is nearly 30 years old! So... talking of business development, marketing, strategy, etc...there is NO internet, no Etsy, Ebay or any social media. The tools and chemical-based processing methods are outdated as well. Therefore I find it is largely irrelevant to helping one develop today's cottage industry/home business...but still glad I read it.
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This is a book I recommend for anyone thinking about starting a fiber business on their farm. Although some information is a little dated (none of the bibliography entries have websites), it's full of helpful advise and important things to consider before jumping into this business.
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I skimmed through it when it first showed up, and am now reading carefully. Ms. Simmons has a wealth of information here. The book itself was in NEW condition (some pages were folded down ) but otherwise there were no marks. Added bonus was to find the book had been signed by the author.
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This is an older edition than the one I made the mistake of lending. Still the same information. good to have it back in my library.
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