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The Whole Craft of Spinning: From the Raw Material to the Finished Yarn [Kindle Edition]

Carol Kroll
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The ancient craft of spinning is becoming increasingly popular with today's modern craft enthusiasts as it provides a method of creating unique, personal and unusual yarns that can be used in contemporary weaving, knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, embroidery and macramé. It is a highly creative craft, yet simple to learn, and therein lies both its fascination and challenge. The story of spinning is interwoven with the history of man. The first attempt at spinning probably consisted of twisting animal fibers with suitable plant material. Some forms of hand spinning existed as early as 15,000 years ago in Asia, and 12,000 years ago in North Africa. Many of the earliest methods and tools are still in use to this day, especially the various drop spindles, and the Indian and Navajo types of spindles. The spinning wheel itself is believed to have evolved in India 800 to 1,000 years ago.
Now you can master this timeless craft through the clear instructions and easy-to-follow directions of well-known spinning authority Carol Kroll. Drawing upon her years of valuable experience, the author shows you everything you need to know from set-up to finished product. You'll learn about the different kinds of spindles and spinning wheels, their history, development, and modern applications. Her lucid text demonstrates the proper methods of preparing the fiber for spinning including: selecting the fiber, sorting, washing, adding oil, and carding.
Whether you're a novice or an experienced hand, Carol Kroll's expert advice shows you the ins and outs of: Spinning with a Drop Spindle; Spinning on a Treadle Wheel; Finishing the Yarn; How to Shop for a Spinning Wheel; Spinning with Wool and Making the Most of Natural and Other Animal Fibers; Synthetic Fibers; Making Your Own Spindle; and The Fun of Creating Novelty Yarns.
Plus, an access and resources section with suggested further reading, supplies, services, and much more to get you started making something that is truly your own, from the first step to the last.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2278 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (9 Feb. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #328,973 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid basics 2 Feb. 2009
By Gaupe
This book presents the craft in a way that's easily approached. It leads you though the basics of choosing and preparing wool, using a drop spindle, using a wheel, plying and caring for your yarn, as well as a description of different fibers. Everything is explained in very clear language, and although there aren't any fancy photos, the drawings are clear and to the point.

This book also contains must-know info such as how to BAKE your own spindle and how to spin milkweed or dandylion into yarn.

All in all, if you're trying to understand this craft but are overwhelmed by the vocabulary, this book will see you through it safely.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Spinning Basics 9 Oct. 2008
This is a fantastic book if you want to know the basics of spinning; don't buy this expecting to learn about spinning fancy yarns and full colour photographs. Instead, expect to know about the history if spinning, different wheels and spindles, in addition to valuable information about preparing fleece, choosing the right wool, finishing yarns and some pointers one how to spin unconventional fibres such as pet hair, hemp and even human hair!
An absolute must for a hand spinner!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The lights are on 17 Feb. 2010
By Angela
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Great book with lots of information about spindle or wheels - very useful diagrams, I have to admit I have been spinning for a while, but did'nt know the names of all the bits of my wheel, I do now!!! Lots of useful information about spinning and how to get the best results, fleece, a bit about everything really. Very useful and a book that I will probably use time and again. Great value for money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Sealy6
Having read through and used several books on spinning techniques and projects I found this to be somewhat outdated and uninspiring. Although the information is correct I personally found it to be quite biased regarding the author's preferred method of spinning and there is very little information that i had not read elsewhere in more detail. As an advanced beginner and a very keen spinner the only thing that this book was really useful for was cross referencing with other guides to ensure that I completely understood the various techniques but I would not have been confident learning solely from this book. For both learners and experienced spinners alike I would personally recommend either 'The Intentional Spinner' or 'Spin Control' as a reference guide as they are both more in depth and useful for all different types of spinning...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Whole Craft of Spinning 13 Nov. 2009
This is a great book for the beginner and those with some knowledge, it is very easy to read and has clear descriptive instruction which helped me develop my skill
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spinning book 21 April 2012
By Philly
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Yes this is exactly what I was looking for - I'm new to subject so this was very helpful. good quality. Good quick delivery too. Thank you
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1.0 out of 5 stars Does not live up to the title 21 April 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The only good thing about this book is the diagram of a treadle spinning wheel. I don't like being negative about someone's hard work writing any book, but this really doesn't live up to the title. It gives a short history re spinning and this is ok, but the technical parts need a lot of work to really be useful.
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