11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 7 February 2013
My copy of Sarah Anderson's [The Spinner's Book of Yarn Design] arrived yesterday, and it's wonderful!
Personally, I'm not one for art yarns, but this is a book that may well change my ideas - it's not a book of art yarns though, it covers just about everything from smooth fine yarns to fat lumpy ones with beads on.
It's not aimed at beginner spinners, but a read through the early chapters would do no harm to a beginner and might set them on the right road for later. As someone who's been spinning for a few years now, I found that it reminded me of a few things.
It's a very comprehensive book covering different methods of yarn preparation (hand carding, drum carding, flicking, combing), spinning basics (spindle, wheel, twist), plying, using singles before going on to give clear instructions (with excellent photos) to make spiral, boucle, cable, crepe, core and novelty yarns.
The reference cards at the back of the book are handy too - you can have one with you for a project without having to balance the book open at the right page.
This is a book for using, not one to live on the bookshelf collecting dust.
I can see the Kindle version being useful, but, for me, maybe as a second purchase to compliment the book.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
of all time !!!!!
yes i mean that, this book is a total inspiration for any spinner or a person who is looking to learn to spin, it has simple instructions on the basic spinning principles and then goes on to show you how to make all of the wonderful styles of yarn , 70 in total step by step all illustrated with photographs and easy to follow . completely comprehensive instructions and even contain "recipe" cards at the back of the book to hang near you wheel/spindle so you have the main recipe to the yarn without having to refer back to the book all the time.
and publisher please note the white cover was the way to go awsome, every spinner needs this book
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 8 February 2014
Having a loom that demands more yarn than I can sensibly spin in a weekend and a growing collection of knitters telling me handspun is difficult to knit - well eat your words. This is how its done, not only a fabulous luscious book to have open on a coffee table, simply an indulgence of clear photographs and easy to understand yarn construction.
From the moment you handle the book it beckons opening the cover then you're hooked. Not many books merit gold foiling in the title but this is worthy. Coffee has been drunk a few more pages have been turned - time now to put on the marigolds again and back to fleece scouring, drying, carding then spinning something close to mysterious magic.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 19 September 2014
This is the best book ever! Only with difficulty I restrain myself against using caps lock typing this. If you are going to buy just one book about spinning this must be it (though I have to warn you - never gonna happen, once you're hooked on this craft you'll want and buy more). It has everything you need to start and to go on creating wonderful yarns. All the steps from preparing fibers, spinning, setting to knitting/crocheting/weaving are covered all secrets revealed. Holding nothing back Sarah shares all her knowledge and experience. Every chapter is filled with useful tips and ideas, you'll never believe how much information this book yields unless you open it yourself.
Another thing I want to mention: good layout. As a designer I often twitch and shudder seeng books made unreadable with fonts too small or big, uncomfortable to use, making eyes water with off color combination. I'm delighted to say this is not one of those. It's beautiful.
And... In the pocket attached to back cover you'll find cards describing all the techniques for creating these wonderful yarns - to use as a quick reminder when you are at your wheel spinning.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 10 April 2013
Great for hand spinners of all experience levels. Lovely clear photos explain the steps you need to take to get the results you're after. I may not ever make half the yarns in here but it's so nice to have them all in one reference. Recommended.