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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave (23 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883010888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883010881
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 18.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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"A great and entertaining read. . . . Informative and funny . . . [despite] the very technical nature of the book." --Spindle and Wheel online magazine

"Just when double-treadle spinning wheels had become popular, Amos caused quite a stir by suggesting that they were not necessarily God's gift to the handspinner. As the owner of a double-treadle spinning wheel, I couldn't resist looking to see if his opinion had changed in the intervening years. Nope. Amos argues here that you don't really need this type of wheel unless, among other things, 'you are such a klutz that you cannot keep the wheel going with one foot.' Amos, who has been making spinning wheels and studying handspinning for more than 40 years, has finally distilled this experience into a definitive book deserving of its title. Even the most knowledgeable spinner will learn something and will be entertained in the bargain. This major contribution to the literature should be in any library where there is demand, though small public libraries may prefer less comprehensive books, such as Lee Raven's "Hands on Spinning" (1987) or Connie Delaney's "Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert" (Kokovoco, 1998) to offer beginners." - "Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc., Library Journal"

"A great and entertaining read...Informative and funny...[despite] the very technical nature of the book." -- "Spindle and Wheel online magazine"


"Just when double-treadle spinning wheels had become popular, Amos caused quite a stir by suggesting that they were not necessarily God's gift to the handspinner. As the owner of a double-treadle spinning wheel, I couldn't resist looking to see if his opinion had changed in the intervening years. Nope. Amos argues here that you don't really need this type of wheel unless, among other things, 'you are such a klutz that you cannot keep the wheel going with one foot.' Amos, who has been making spinning wheels and studying handspinning for more than 40 years, has finally distilled this experience into a definitive book deserving of its title. Even the most knowledgeable spinner will learn something and will be entertained in the bargain. This major contribution to the literature should be in any library where there is demand, though small public libraries may prefer less comprehensive books, such as Lee Raven's "Hands on Spinning" (1987) or Connie Delaney's "Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert" (Kokovoco, 1998) to offer beginners." - Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc., "Library Journal"

"A great and entertaining read...Informative and funny...[despite] the very technical nature of the book." - "Spindle and Wheel" online magazine

"Just when double-treadle spinning wheels had become popular, Amos caused quite a stir by suggesting that they were not necessarily God's gift to the handspinner. As the owner of a double-treadle spinning wheel, I couldn't resist looking to see if his opinion had changed in the intervening years. Nope. Amos argues here that you don't really need this type of wheel unless, among other things, 'you are such a klutz that you cannot keep the wheel going with one foot.' Amos, who has been making spinning wheels and studying handspinning for more than 40 years, has finally distilled this experience into a definitive book deserving of its title. Even the most knowledgeable spinner will learn something and will be entertained in the bargain. This major contribution to the literature should be in any library where there is demand, though small public libraries may prefer less comprehensive books, such as Lee Raven's Hands on Spinning (1987) or Connie Delaney's Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert (Kokovoco, 1998) to offer beginners." - Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc., Library Journal

"A great and entertaining read...Informative and funny...[despite] the very technical nature of the book." - Spindle and Wheel online magazine



-Just when double-treadle spinning wheels had become popular, Amos caused quite a stir by suggesting that they were not necessarily God's gift to the handspinner. As the owner of a double-treadle spinning wheel, I couldn't resist looking to see if his opinion had changed in the intervening years. Nope. Amos argues here that you don't really need this type of wheel unless, among other things, 'you are such a klutz that you cannot keep the wheel going with one foot.' Amos, who has been making spinning wheels and studying handspinning for more than 40 years, has finally distilled this experience into a definitive book deserving of its title. Even the most knowledgeable spinner will learn something and will be entertained in the bargain. This major contribution to the literature should be in any library where there is demand, though small public libraries may prefer less comprehensive books, such as Lee Raven's Hands on Spinning (1987) or Connie Delaney's Spindle Spinning: From Novice to Expert (Kokovoco, 1998) to offer beginners.- - Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc., Library Journal

-A great and entertaining read...Informative and funny...[despite] the very technical nature of the book.- - Spindle and Wheel online magazine

About the Author

Alden Amos is self-employed as a wheel builder and production spinner and lives outside of Jackson, California with his wife, Stephenie Gaustad.


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This book is comprehensive. By that I mean comprehensive. There are chapters that will bore you ridged with detail. You want to know about spinning wheels? You will know about them by the time you have done that chapter, gosh will you know. It is a look into to find out book. I began by reading from the beginning and by the end of the first chapter my eyes were crossed. There is a wealth of knowledge. I would not recommend it as a learn to spin book. But once you have managed a yarn or two, this book is a must have. Its language is a bit old fashioned but get over that and there is a lot of useful stuff. How to card, how to spin, how to heckle, how to use a distaff, a what? Read this book and you will be the pub bore about distaffs. It is that old fashioned type of book that you find at the back of the book shop, take home and never part with.
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This time last year, I couldn't spin. Now there are two spinning wheels in my home and with the help of this book, sheep and alpacas are now being regarded as 'sweater and sock source material'.

The book is written with a gentle tongue-in-cheek sense of humour in a kind and patient way and without the slightest hint of condescension. There are clear explanations of the various methods of carding, spinning and plying and why - you name it, it's there. It's been passed round our Spinning Guild meetings and voted a top source of sensible, clear advice and guidance by both experienced spinners and novices. You could do a lot worse than to add this book to your collection.
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As a comparatively new spinner this contains all the information I need to get going together with some amusing comments. Not a reader more of an encylopaedia.
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A font of all spinning knowledge with a touch of humour. This covers everything that a spinner is ever likely to need to know.
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