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Spin To Weave: The Weaver's Guide to Making Yarn [Paperback]

Sara Lamb
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Book Description

25 Jun 2013
Spin to Weave is not simply a How-to-Spin book, but a How-to Spin-Exactly-What-You-Want book, featuring in-depth information on fiber properties, color choices and options, and lots of spun samples. Because weaving is a two-element technique (warp and weft) as opposed to a single element (as in knitting and crochet), there is a much greater variety and range of possible yarns that can be used, either together or separately. Spin to Weave focuses on the process of spinning for specific results, with variations that spinners can use to their advantage, a sampling of projects, and a gallery of projects by other spinners. The book begins with text, photos, and samples on how weaving can be affected by fiber choice, fiber preparation, twist insertion, twist direction, and twist amount. Author Sara Lamb spins single and plied yarns in several types of wools with different twists, and then uses these yarns in samples with several simple weave structures. Yarns will be finished in various ways, and the samples will be finished to produce truly custom effects. A short section of simple woven projects follows, demonstrating the fabrics in action, and also showing the effects of customized color treatments, including Sara’s signature warp-painting technique. A gallery of other weavers’ projects rounds out the book. Even slight variations from yarn to yarn can change woven fabric dramatically. Weavers who spin their own yarns have the ability to choose fiber type, method of twist insertion (woolen, worsted), twist amount and/or direction, finishing methods, and grist. All these factors are limited in commercial yarns, but accessible to the spinner, and offer a nuance in finished fabric otherwise impossible to achieve. Sara takes reader to the very beginnings of woven fabric--introducing the thought processes and concepts related to choosing fibers and how to spin them with the finished fabric in mind.

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (25 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596686480
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596686489
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 21.6 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,471 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sara Lamb is a longtime hand spinner, weaver and dyer, with 30 years of experience working with handspun yarns. The author of Woven Treasures, Sara has also published in Handwoven, Spin-Off, Weaver’s Magazine, Shuttle Spindle and Dyepot. She has been the keynote speaker for several conferences in demand as a workshop instructor and speaker.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not what it says on the tin 26 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback
As a spinner who weaves I was very disappointed by this book (though to be fair I had been able to see inside it before I bought it). Because the author usually weaves a warp-faced cloth she buys in most of her weft. This is no use to those of us who spin our own weft. There was very little on twist and nothing on different plies and how well they weave up and the effects you can get. We needed much more on energised yarns, leno and other techniques.
It seems that there is still a book to be written on this theme.
I found that "The Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs" by Sarah Anderson so very much more useful and fun to use, even though she is not specifically writing about spinning for weaving as this book claims to be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 18 Dec 2013
By artrace
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Really great book, am enjoying working my way through it, have just started to spin and weave so it is a really good reference book to have. Many thanks for quick delivery
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 1 Oct 2013
By Izzy
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If you spin, and weave, then this is the book for you, it gives so much useful information on producing the yarn for your project, the best book on this subject I've read yet. It will be referred to a lot, giving advice on different fibres to use, how to spin for the effect you want, etc. etc. Clearly illustrated too.
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2.0 out of 5 stars The cover looks promising 29 Sep 2013
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I was Very disappointied when I received this book.
There are just a lot of pictures without the explanation how the garments are woven.
The things told about spinning could be said in a few pages instead of a whole book
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiration! Information! 15 Jun 2013
By Luv 2 Reed - Published on Amazon.com
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Just so you know...I'm a 30+ year spinnner who is very confident in my yarnmaking. I weave as well but have more experience knitting with my handspun than weaving with it. I hate to follow recipes in spinning and weaving books and love inspiration and the story of how things are made. Sara Lamb's book is just what I ordered and lots more.

The pictures in the book are very clear as to what I'm looking at. The photos will add to my weaving knowledge because I can use the photo to see what I'm aiming for in my weave. The fiber and yarn are shown with the fabric they have produced. I'm still learning how to read the yarn and predict what fabric it will produce when woven and this book will help me.

I am excited to see the various objects produced and happy to see that they are not all multi-shaft loomed pieces. It's important for people to realize that weaving takes place on many types of looms and it's important to show the fabric from different looms. This book does this.

Chapters Two and Three make up half the book and this is where I am inspired to run to my wheel and start spinning. The two pieces in the book that show diagrams are timeless and the instructions are easily understood. There is a proviso-if you are a person who buys kits and needs to follow a pattern every step of the way or if you want to make the exact same thing you see this book is not for you. If you can weave a long rectangle and do a bit of sewing you'll be happy with the pieces.

It's the stories of how the pieces were conceived and the thought process that excites me about the book. I'll refer often to Spin to Weave when I want to start something new.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!! 24 Jun 2013
By S. Howell - Published on Amazon.com
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I watched the DVD before the book came out (and I highly endorse it as well!). The book arrived on Monday - I have already read it cover to cover and have re-read a few chapters. I have been spinning and weaving for many years, but I have never used my handspun in my weaving as warp - always too afraid about breaking my precious handspun. And NEVER considered using singles either. No longer - this book has given me the courage to spin for my warp. I just finished washing and combing some Wensleydale that I plan to spin as singles and use as warp (yes, I am cheating a bit by using a long wool...baby steps!). I also love how she combines her painted warp with solids to create those beautiful patterns that are so typical for her. There are some patterns in the book to make some clothing and accesories. One thing the book has the DVD doesn't (and they could have so easily included it as a pdf) are instructions for making a PVC swift and niddy-noddy. Great project for setting wet yarn. For those who spin and weave this would make a great addition to your library!
5.0 out of 5 stars Great way to combine your hand spun yarn into fabric for anything 5 Dec 2013
By Benita Story - Published on Amazon.com
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As a weaving and spinning instructor, this book is great for helping students go one step farther and combine the two. The fabric I have been getting and seeing from hand spun yarns are simply wonderful.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sara is an artist. 15 Sep 2013
By Ms. S. - Published on Amazon.com
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I already have the video --- but the book contains so much more. Sara is an artist, she paints with her handspun.
If nothing else, the photos will inspire you to experiment with color and to warp that loom with your homespun.
Thanks you Sara!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spin to Weave 3 Jan 2014
By Terry Washington - Published on Amazon.com
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Great choice for a Christmas Gift. I also gave her some alpaca top to spend. She was really happy with her gifts.
The product came much quicker than I had anticipated, packaged well and in great condition.
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