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The Fiber and Fleece Sourcebook,
This review is from: Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook (Hardcover)
Robson, Deborah & Ekarius, Carol 2011 THE FLEECE AND FIBER SOURCE BOOK Storey Publishing
Pre-publication praise for this book excited me enough to pre-order a copy . I have hardly stopped looking at it. Aesthetically it is a beautifully illustrated volume inviting you to share with the authors their hands-on knowledge and experience of sheep. To open the covers is to be introduced to the world-wide map of `fiber animals' so that the reader becomes part of the wider community that is promoting wool particularly. Three-quarters of the book is given to sheep and the last 100 pages to other animal fibres such as Alpaca, Camel and the hair of rabbits and dogs. Each breed is introduced with a concise historical background. The photographs clearly place the sheep in their own specific environment and the accompanying sketch-book style of presentation of fleece to yarn is an inspiration for textile students at every level. All the information given is clear and well organised. It enhances the reader's experience and understanding of sheep, fibers and techniques required for producing yarn for knitting and weaving. The joint authors' personal experience of raising sheep and publishing books on livestock farming adds a depth to the volume of facts they have elected to include. This will inevitably widen the number of readers. I was thrilled to find how thoroughly they have researched British Rare Breeds at this time when we have a national campaign for the promotion of British wool .