- 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)
Start Spinning: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great Yarn Paperback – 1 Feb 2008
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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
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.See all Product Description
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good for beginner like me. Good photographs to follow and gives good understanding of why folk take up spinning.Published 1 month ago by Bluebell
Loved this book. Friendly, concise with helpful pictures-and some good tips too.Published 11 months ago by breda bergin
Bought for a friend for Christmas who seemed thrilled. Bought with Learn to Spin: With Anne Field.Published 12 months ago by Mrs. V. Gladwin
Another American Book, what a pity. I can`t make head nor tail of it.Published 15 months ago by Primrose