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Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook [Hardcover]

Deborah Robson and Carol Ekarius
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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Book Description

6 Jun 2011
This visual guide to more than 200 breeds and the fibres they produce for knitting, spinning, and weaving is the ultimate browsing book for crafters and animal raisers. It offers an unusual combination of information on the characteristics of each fibre-producing breed, as well as the unique qualities of each fibre, its history, and its potential uses. It covers almost every sheep breed in the world - the longwool breeds of the United Kingdom, the Tasmanian merino, the Navajo churro, the northern European Faroese and dozens and dozens more. It also includes goats (mohair and cashmere of course); camelids, such as alpacas, llamas, and vicunas; bison; horses; musk oxen; rabbits; and, even dogs. Readers will find everything they want to know about each animal and its fibre, including the fibre's colour, density, strength, and staple length, and recommendations for processing and using it. They'll also find expert information on breed conservation and heritage breed propagation; easy-to-use charts and boxes for quick reference; and, a comprehensive resource section.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Storey (6 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603427112
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603427111
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 21.9 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,975 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A comprehensive manual for the wool aficionado. Packed with photos and detailed fiber properties, it covers every breed of sheep you are likely to encounter and then some.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much more than a spinners book about wool 11 July 2011
Format:Hardcover
Essential reference book, beautifully presented and bound, delightful and fascinating to read from cover to cover. If you are interested in sheep and wool, this is a 'must-have' book.

Clear index makes using it as a reference book very easy.

I took it to a big county show with me and everyone, from farmers to knitters, who looked through the book loved it and wanted their own copy.

This is a book that I would classify as an essential resource for any spinner, but also has a great deal to offer knitters and weavers. Deb and Carol set out to try and source as many spun yarns as possible for the breeds in the book and they found many more than I had thought existed - very good news for those who don't spin. This time last year I was a non-spinning sheep and breed-specific wool enthusiast so I know what this book would have been able to offer me then.

It also has a lot of fascinating information for people interested in the sheep and sheep-breed side of things - it is obvious that superb and exhaustive research lies behind this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Fiber and Fleece Sourcebook 24 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
Robson, Deborah & Ekarius, Carol 2011 THE FLEECE AND FIBER SOURCE BOOK Storey Publishing

Pre-publication praise for this book excited me enough to pre-order a copy . I have hardly stopped looking at it. Aesthetically it is a beautifully illustrated volume inviting you to share with the authors their hands-on knowledge and experience of sheep. To open the covers is to be introduced to the world-wide map of `fiber animals' so that the reader becomes part of the wider community that is promoting wool particularly. Three-quarters of the book is given to sheep and the last 100 pages to other animal fibres such as Alpaca, Camel and the hair of rabbits and dogs. Each breed is introduced with a concise historical background. The photographs clearly place the sheep in their own specific environment and the accompanying sketch-book style of presentation of fleece to yarn is an inspiration for textile students at every level. All the information given is clear and well organised. It enhances the reader's experience and understanding of sheep, fibers and techniques required for producing yarn for knitting and weaving. The joint authors' personal experience of raising sheep and publishing books on livestock farming adds a depth to the volume of facts they have elected to include. This will inevitably widen the number of readers. I was thrilled to find how thoroughly they have researched British Rare Breeds at this time when we have a national campaign for the promotion of British wool .
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable resource 17 Jun 2011
By crafty
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This is a truly invaluable resource book. As a spinner/knitter/weaver this is the book I have been waiting for. It covers all sorts of animal fibres including our local favourite the ouessant sheep, giving the characteristics and uses for all.
Not not a dumbed down book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sheep and yarny goodness 29 May 2012
By dmaxi
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This is a beautifully produced and photographed book that is a must for the coffee table of any spinner and yarn enthusiast. If you already have Clara Parkes "The Knitter's Book of Wool" this may not give you any additional knowledge but my! what cute pictures of sheep! You will swoon!
There are no projects here but great info, great photos and great breadth of knowledge.
I thought about taking away a star because the text of this book is - literally - textbook-ish but the production quality of the book leads you to expect something more such as project patterns. Then I realised what a fantastic thing it is that a textbook looks so beautifully produced. Who needs token-gestures towards patterns & photos of people wearing knitted or woven goods would distract. All credit to the authors and publishers they have created the very best book they could imagine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleece & Fibre Sourcebook 4 Feb 2012
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This is an excellent reference book for spinners, felters or anyone else interested in fleece and other animal fibres. It covers many different breeds of sheep and other animals such as alpacas, goat, camels etc. Each type of fibre has been tested by the authors and there are clear photos of the fibres before and after spinning, knitting, weaving etc and in both it's raw and washed state, along with pictures of the particular breed of animal. The text for each fibre type contains a short history of the breed/animal concerned and plenty of information about how to process and use that particular fibre and it's most suitable applications.
The authors are based in America and the book is written from that perspective, but they have taken the trouble to research and include plenty of information about sheep and fibre from other parts of the globe, including the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand & South America.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yarn Lovers must have 12 Oct 2011
Format:Hardcover
This book is a must have for all wool/yarn lovers, spinners and weavers. The book contains information about every type of wool and other fibre producing animals from around the world. The animals are shown plus their fleece and the end product, with an extensive description to aid in the use of each type of fibre. Well written and beautifully illustrated.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good for the beginner spinner 23 Sep 2013
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Fantastic book that was recommended to me by The Arkwright Spinsters group as I was a new spinner. I was not disappointed! What a joy to find such a beautiful book. Very informative nicely presented and a practical size to hold. I could even read the print without struggling with my reading glasses. You won't want to put this book down and do your spinning. This is one to keep using on a permanent basis for reference so will earn its keep.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource
What an excellent book this is; there are so many kinds of sheep (as well as other fibre animals) covered here that you're sure to come back to it over and over again. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Luddite Writer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for fibre info
Does what it says on the cover, giving lots of info on every type of fibre that can be spun, woven or felted. An essential for fibre nuts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by dinah
5.0 out of 5 stars love it
all i wanted to know and more is in this book, very useful reference for a life! also reads easily,mreally interesting, modern and up to date information.
Published 2 months ago by allexja
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent reference book
Being new to spinning I have discovered that I can spin some fibres better than others. If like me - the vast array of breeds of sheep leave you wondering what you've let yourself... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs. Lynn M. Massey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fleece & Fibre
Yes I am pleased with this purchase its got all the fibres illustrated very well with lots of information on each one
Published 12 months ago by Kathleen Hogg
5.0 out of 5 stars Full of fascinating information
This book is packed full of information. It's well-researched and presented in a very digestible format. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Dawn Waterman
4.0 out of 5 stars Fleece and Fibre Sourcebook
This book, although it does not always have as much technical information as I would like, has beautifully presented pages on all sorts of different fibres. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jeanandbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have companion for fibre lovers!
I love this book! I have enjoyed reading it and just dipping into it, or looking up something specific. Definitely a book you can't be without if you enjoy working with fibre. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Z. Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding resource
I received this book for Christmas and it is great. It has a wealth of information regarding different types of fibre (mostly wool, but there are small sections on fibre from other... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Jess
4.0 out of 5 stars good descriptions
I am very pleased with this book it is very informative , also helpful when choosing different fleeces to use when spinning
Published 18 months ago by MRS MAREE J MC MANN
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