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Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool

Respect the Spindle: Spin Infinite Yarns with One Amazing Tool [Kindle Edition]

Abby Franquemont
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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This is much more than a technique book. There are 50 pages about spindles and the history of spinning, before you get to "Starting to Spin". The instructions are very well done, nothing is rushed and there are good photos of everything you need. I'd happily recommend this to a beginner. It is a very readable book. We have tales of Abby's own experiences as a spinner, a chapter on how spindles work (it does get a bit technical, but she does explain it all clearly), all spindle spinning and plying techniques well covered, and even a few pages on looking after your spindles and repairing them. A good read, excellent spinning instructions, helpful photos.-Yarn Maker

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Portable and productive, the hand spindle has been responsible for creating the world's yarn for millennia. In Respect the Spindle, veteran spinner and spindle aficionado Abby Franquemont teaches spinners old and new how to create incredible yarn with this amazing, yet simple tool.

Many contemporary spinners view the hand spindle as a beginner's tool, suited to learn the basic steps of spinning before moving on to a spinning wheel. In Respect the Spindle, Abby emphasizes the spindle's importance and its use in making yarn in advanced ways for high-end to novelty cloth.

The perfect how-to book for any spinner with a growing collection of spindles or even just a dowel, Respect the Spindle includes:

  • Step-by-step photography with detailed illustrations, making the spindle spinning techniques clear to even the novice spinner.
  • Techniques from the basics, such as getting started on the spindle, to more specialized techniques, such as using the spindle to make specific kinds of yarn faster than imagined.
  • Profiles of spindle spinners from various traditions are presented in sidebars throughout the book, which introduce heartwarming and historical fiber stories from around the world.
  • Five simple projects give spinners practice in creating a variety of yarns and patterns.
  • And more!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5006 KB
  • Print Length: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (15 Feb 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DH40QZ0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,946 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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I went to a craft fair and became interested in spinning wool with a hand spindle. Someone showed me how to do it, but it's not as easy as it looks! I asked for a book that could help me, and Respect The Spindle was recommended to me as the best book on the market. I went home and ordered the book from Amazon, and I can only say that this book has been very very helpful. Not only is the book packed with lots of photographs of different types of spindles and spinning wheels, but it also demonstrates very clearly in words and pictures how to use the various spindles, with lots of tips and tricks of how to get good results. This book has been a great help in choosing the right type of hand spindle for me and also to understand how to use it correctly.
I cannot recommend the book highly enough - it really is a 'must have' if you are interested in spinning!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn to spin using a spindle 4 Jun 2010
Spinning on a spindle is thousands of years old. It has its origins in the mists of time and was how our ancestors produced thread for the first garments and blankets made by mankind. The spindle predates the spinning wheel and any other technology invented in the last 2000 years.
However there is one other reason that working with a spindle has made a huge difference in my life. Learning to spin on a spindle has provided me with enhanced mobility due to the sedate movements required in order to form yarn. The physiotherapy I have got has been tremendous. My shoulders now have more movement than they have had in years.
The movements involved in using a spindle to make yarn, look very much like Ti Chi. The added benefit to this light form of exercise and rhythmic movement is yarn as a bi-product to use for your knitting, crochet and weaving.
The author uses numerous photos to demonstrate the technique to using a spindle and how to then ply your yarn ready for final use in garment production. This author has a number of Youtube videos demonstrating how to use a spindle. Within the spinning and crafting community this book represents a real solution to a gap in the market that has frustrated would be spindlers for a number of years who wish to learn but didn't have access to a wonderful book like this before.
The author learned to spin as a child aged five and her wealth of experience at spinning shows in her teaching technique.
It's well worth buying this book if you wish to learn this ancient technique.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well explained and interesting 8 Oct 2010
By A J J
This is a very thorough introduction to the techniques of the drop spindle. There is just enough history and cultural commentary to keep the reader interested and perhaps spark a quest for more information. The meat of the book however is a step by step (chapter by chapter) introduction to spindles, including how to choose different spindles and different techniques for different fibres and finished yarns. Each of the major principles, such as drafting and plying are concisely explained and illustrated with photographs. Potential problems are addressed as they are likely to occur, not before, so as not to discourage you; and not buried at the end of the book so that you have to flick back and forth. There is also a useful chapter on the storage, care and repair of spindles. The three free knitting/crochet patterns at the end of the book showcase three very different yarns that can be created using a drop spindle.

I also purchased the video of the same name from the publisher which really aided my understanding of this book - not essential, but valuable if you can get both together. Overall the tone of both are very encouraging, very clear and beautifully presented.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book 5 Aug 2010
By beejayh
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This was one of two books I bought about drop spindling. This was by far the best of the two. The author is obviously very enthusiastic about this craft and is very talented having learnt to spin as a young girl in the Peruvian Andes. A much more informed book than others, one I can thoroughly recommend
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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I was silly enough to go to a knitting and fibre fair back in February and was taken by the hand spinning people. I'm now hooked! I bought the book because I had bought a spindle and some wool at the fair and just had a go and made some rope thick strands! I then looked on the net and tried again and got a better finish. I then wanted to see what else I needed to know about in order to make a better and varying thread. This is where this book comes into its own. It goes through everything in an informative and interesting way and doesn't wizz straight onto spinning wheels. I dont want a wheel, I want to be able to spin in the garden, at festivals, in the kitchen and whilst watching TV. This book tells you everything you need to know and I really enjoyed reading it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ready to spin.... 21 Mar 2011
I have the book, I'm waiting for the spindles to arrive - then I'm good to go! This is a good book, and well recommended in the spinning community. Although I have no idea what I am doing, after reading this book cover to cover I am ready to give it ago, knowing that I have a great reference book to refer to when things go wrong.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Respect the spindle 9 Sep 2010
By nettie
This is a great book for the beginner to spinning good text and easy to follow
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 25 July 2011
By ruby
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Happened across video of spinning with a spindle, this book is a brilliant starter point. Instructions are clear and the author's enthusiasm for spinning is infectious. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to start spinning with a drop spindle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
very interesting read nicely presented recommend it to anyone.
Published 8 days ago by Mr Sydney Stephenson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Just enough history and background to be interesting before tackling, in depth, the subject of spinning. Clear descriptions with images. Read more
Published 1 month ago by noel nugent
5.0 out of 5 stars A great grounding
I bought this book as I was wanting to start spinning but had no idea of what to buy or how it worked. I found it had all the detail I needed (in addition to youtube videos). Read more
Published 1 month ago by ladydetemps
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and informative
Everything you could ever want to know about spinning with a spindle, different spindles and spinning styles, given in an interesting and easily read way with lots of photos. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dinah
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for learning the how, when, where, what and even the physics...
I wanted to learn to hand-spin, but have no interest in a wheel - I already have a machine I can sit at and treadle, my sewing machine - and wanted a portable craft to complement... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Lizzie Burgess
5.0 out of 5 stars Present
This was a present fro my wife who seems very happy with it. (I made a real mess with my order but this company sorted it most efficiently - thank them!)
Published 5 months ago by allan
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for Beginning Drop Spindlers
I've just started teaching myself how to use a drop spindle and this book tells me absolutely everything I need to know. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Margaret Goodson
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful and interesting.
What a delightful book !!
Gorgeous pictures and a wealth of information. It was actually a very interesting read even if you weren't wanting to learn anything. Read more
Published 11 months ago by -::- Cozy Cat Crochet -::-
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This was brilliant - I was able to teach myself to spin alpaca fibre with a spindle from this book and then I found it easier to progress onto a spinning wheel.
Published 11 months ago by Ann Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars Getting You Started
Having bought some fleece and a spindle on a whim, with no other equipment, this book told me everything I needed to get some pretty decent yarn spun. Read more
Published 15 months ago by What I Think
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