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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (1 Feb. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596680652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596680654
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 21.4 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maggie Casey covers all the basics you need to spin your own fabulous yarn. Spinning is growing in popularity as knitters want to make their own yarn and all it takes is some fluff, a spindle or wheel and a little practice! Maggie also offers a special section on troubleshooting and wheel maintenance, plus tips and tricks for creating better yarns. --Machine Knitting Monthly

On first opening this book I was intrigued and excited. It has a lovely size and layout which encourages you to delve in without being overwhelmed by information. The clear type and pictures encourage you to keep browsing. This is a book you can read cover to cover or just dip in. There are a lot of clear photos to show you the details of a process or the difference between major types of spinning wheels albeit some of the process photographs are not as comprehensive as I would like. The pictures of the carding process left me bemused and I know how to do it - or so I thought! I particularly liked the large print statement on the side column of many pages which re-emphasise the key points from the text to give you a sense of overview. Maggie takes you through the steps of spinning in her particluar style which I did not find the most logical path. I did miss the extension of the process beyond wool fibres but maybe that is a step too far for many beginners. The book includes lots of troubleshooting points to help you when things look quite different from how you imagined and there is a lovely philosophy which runs throughout the book which encourages you to enjoy the process, relax, practise and take your time. As an Interweave book it has the usual US bias for details of yarn and needles, but overall I found this book to be a fun read and one that would encourage many a beginner to develop their skills. --Journal for Weavers, Spinners & Dyers Winter 08

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For knitters, crocheters, and weavers ready to make their own yarn, this handy guide provides detailed instructions for spinning both on a spindle and a wheel, and offers a special section devoted to troubleshooting and wheel maintenance that keeps projects on track. It offers a comprehensive look at the various available fiber options, choosing and preparing each type of fiber for use, and crafting these materials into ready-to-work pieces. A final chapter on the various uses of spun yarn focuses on project planning, with definitions and context for measuring wraps per inch, determining yards for specific projects, and choosing a yarn size.

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As someone who recently became interested in spinning, this book was recommended to me as a good guide. I am using a spindle and there are plenty of pictures to demonstrate the various techniques. There is quite a lot on explaining the spinning wheel too if I should choose to progress to one. It explains all the terminology and there is a section on plying and setting the twist. If you want to start from scratch there is a section on carding and preparing fleece. As someone who prefers lots of pictures and diagrams when learning something new this book was brilliant for me. The only reason I didn't give it 5 starts is that more experienced spinner probably wont find it useful.
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I'm so glad I chose this book. Following a spinning workshop, I wanted a book that help me with the fundimentals and this is it!

Everything is explained in clear diagrams accompanied by in-depth explanations, with summaries at the end, so whatever style you prefer this is an excellent book.

My favourite thing about it is that unlike many teachers, the author does not try to force you to do things in a particular way, but presents a range of methods to try so you can pick the ones that suit you best.
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I'm new to spinning and I'm finding this book very informative with clear photographs and instructions.My wheel isn't the same as the author's but it gives me a good idea of how it works and what should be happening.It also shows how to use a drop spindle for those who don't own a wheel. This is a great book for a learner.
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This book is great. I have just started spinning and this has been a great help. the text is simple to follow and the photos really add to your understanding. I also love the troubleshooting section which has saved me on more than one occasion. A truly brilliant book for beginners and intermediates alike.
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This is a great book for beginners like me. Instructions are clear & concise, it is well laid out & covers all types of spinning.
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A really simply written book explaining all the pros and cons of spinning, very educational, it was recommended to me
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The book was very imformative & easy to understand anyone just setting up should read it & strongly recomend it.
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This was quite helpful as I was a total novice in regard to spinning yarn. In some places it made the process seem a little more complicated, but this was cleared up when I got someone to give me a lesson on how to spin.
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