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Self-sufficiency Spinning, Dyeing and Weaving [Paperback]

Penny Walsh
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4 Sep 2009 Self Sufficiency
With the textile industry able to make cloth more quickly and cheaply than ever before, why make your own? The answer is simple: nothing could be more different and unique than hand-made textiles. Weaving your own textiles for use in clothing or furnishings is a rewarding and satisfying activity - with the added benefit of knowing that the whole process can be done just as well by hand, using almost no energy but your own! This book looks at where different fibres come from, how to grow and harvest your own vegetable fibres, and how to prepare them for spinning. The principles of spindle and spinning wheel spinning are covered, along with home dyeing using natural dyestuffs, and hand weaving with or without a loom. Finally, there are a number of simple projects, such as a rug, shoulder bag, bed cover, and jumper and mitts to put your newly learnt skills to the test.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd (4 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847734596
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847734594
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 151,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Penny Walsh teaches and researches traditional techniques of dyeing and spinning, adapting them in the light of contemporary advances whilst retaining the quality of colour and texture. She uses as ecologically sound ingredients as possible and renewable sources, and endeavours to source animal fibres from breeds that are becoming rare because they are not commercial.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By anne
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable little book which is very accessible and easy to get into for the complete beginner to all things yarn. If you have always wanted to know how to go about making your own yarn but not known where to start, then this book is most definately the book for you. Straight to the point and also smaller than most other books of this type on the market (size wise) it is very portable and pops into your bag (or pocket) to go with you and be read anywhere.
Beautifully and clearly illustrated in full colour, all explanations are accompanied by highly informative pictures. Penny Walsh (the author) sets the scene by starting her discourse on the animals that provide the wonderful fibres, and unusually in books of this type, relates all to the natural world by combining both sources of yarn and sources of natural colouration as well as dyeing techniques. It is all related easily and with great clarity. So you end up with the whole picture from possibly keeping the animal yourself to processing its wool by collecting, carding, spinning, plying, and growing plants in your own garden, using them to dye your wool and ultimately producing the yarn you always wanted at your disposal at virtually no cost. And then what do you do with all that lovely yarn after you have had the intense fun of making it?. Penny shows you clearly how you can knit and weave with it and what it is possible to make (patterns and projects included!). I Love, Love, Love this book and cannot recommend it highly enough, especially to the textile student, beginner yarn enthusiast or even just to avid and curious knitters who are fed up with being ripped off for the very high prices of commercial yarn today. This book is a liberation and a triumph!!! Thank you Penny Walsh.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal 17 Feb 2010
By Angela
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Great book, not I think for the very new spinner/weaver, that said it is very much about getting information that is useable and understandable, I found it very interesting and will keep this as a brilliant reference book for future work. Nice set out, and great everyday information that will improve my spinning. I would say a very useful book for all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good 16 Jan 2013
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Very easy to understand, very helpfull.. as a beginner, was informative,from the fleece purchase to the final spinning. The section on which wheel is which, and how to look at what to look for in purchasing wheel, and fleece invaluable. Will purchase from seller again
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5.0 out of 5 stars spinning,dyeing & weaving,self sufficiency 15 Sep 2010
By sps0112
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This book was fun whilst concise. It covers all aspects of each subject,along with recommending suitable breeds of sheep fleece for beginners & beyond. Written in a down-to-earth manner,easy to understand & follow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 9 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spinning, Dyeing and Weaving book 4 July 2014
By SJ
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Lovely little useful book. Tells you all one needs to know on how to start in the arts of spinning, dyeing your newly spun yarn, and then how to weave it. Helps one in everything woolly. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book 7 Feb 2014
By Sigrid
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This is an excellent book with good descriptions and all-encompassing. I did not need any further instructions and with experience one thrives and developes one's own techniques.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Spinning
A good book. I am new to spinning, dying and weaving and refer to this book all the time. It is very informative.
Published 9 months ago by Christopher Hull
5.0 out of 5 stars this book
this book only arrived today so not had time to look at it properly but know its what I have been looking for for a while thank you
Published 10 months ago by pandaeyes39
3.0 out of 5 stars Basic but well written
This book gives a good basic overview, but does not go into any depth. If I wanted to actually spin, weave or dye, I would definitely be buying another book to supplement it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by jinx
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for the beginner
There is so much information in this book with easy to follow instruction and diagrams. It enthuses the spinner to try new ways of working their crafts.
Published 11 months ago by Karen Warren-Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little book
A really good guide for a beginner, easy to understand with great layouts and diagrams. Would recommend to anyone starting out.
Published 19 months ago by Sophie Rowe
3.0 out of 5 stars new to spinning
We found this had a lot of useful tips and information, especially as we are new to the art of spinning, but feel we need an actual lesson before we start.
Published on 20 Jun 2012 by Valhar
5.0 out of 5 stars Spinning, Dyeing and Weaving. Penny Walsh
A useful book for both beginners and practiced weavers. Various fibres are sugested, various dyeing materials and various ways to spin and then to weave. Very interesting.
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Mrs. P. Lawrenson
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