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Product details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books (8 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612121780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612121789
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.4 x 17.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Which wool is right for your project, and what might you do with that big bag of luscious fleece that catches your eye at the fiber festival? The answers to your questions are always at your fingertips in this portable reference to the fleece characteristics of 100 sheep breeds.

For each breed, you'll find:

The best way to prepare the fleece for spinning

The natural colors of the fleece and how well it takes dyes

Best uses for the wool

Fleece weights, staple lengths, and fiber diameters

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About the Author

Carol Ekarius is the co-author of "The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook", "The Field Guide to Fleece", and "Storey s Guide to Raising Sheep, " and she is the author of several books, including "Small-Scale Livestock Farming", "Storey s Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds", and "Storey s Illustrated Breed Guide to Sheep, Goats, Cattle, and Pigs". She lives in the mountains of Colorado, where her four-legged and winged family keeps her busy.

Deborah Robson is co-author of "The Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook" and "Knitting in the Old Way." She is a former editor of both "Shuttle, Spindle & Dyepot" and "Spin-Off" magazine, and she is currently the editor and publisher of Nomad Press, which publishes books on traditional and ethnic knitting and spinning. Robson is also an artist, working in textiles, printmaking, and oils. She lives in Colorado with her daughter.


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This was an informative book about sheep fleces and their uses, but was very disapointed that it didn't include information about felting abilities of each fleece. This would have really made it a brilliant book. Perhaps an update could include this with needle felting becoming one of the fastest growing crafts.
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Definitely A MUST HAVE for every hand spinner who is interested to understand different fleeces. Great guide which I keep handy all the time. Will help you to understand and find the most appropriate fleece for your project. Worth every penny.
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Unfortunately the felters have been left out!!!! No info whatsoever for felters and as a wet, nuno and needlefelter always looking for fleece I will give this book a miss. Felting is a big movement these days and there are certain breeds that are difficult or impossible to felt so some info would have been invaluable Back to trial and error and help from other felters. Shame.
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This is a brilliant book to keep in my spinning bag. There is a great summary for most of the sheep you can think of.
There is more detail in some of the bigger books, but the small size means that this is a great book to take out and about .
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I bought this to take with me to Woolfest in Cumbria this year, as it was recommended as being small enough to fit in a handbag easily - I haven't been disappointed as it is packed with the most useful points about all kinds of fleeces I might find - and want to try. Excellent.
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As a spinner and indie dyer,I have the larger 'Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook' and found it too heavy to flick through out and about.
This one is perfect! I also like the little spaces left for notes.Very handy when wanting a quick reference book, would be great to shove in a handbag for fibre festivals!
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By Susan D TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2015
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Brilliantly useful book! I love this book. It's such a handy size to carry, it offers you so much information and there is nothing missed. It's easy to find the breed you want and all the information you need about each fleece is provided. If you are a spinner or you just want more information about the wool you use then this book is ideal. It tells you everything from the length of the staple to what the best uses are for the wool. I love the fact it even tells you the best way to prepare you fleece for spinning and how well the fleece reacts to dyes. There is even space provided for you to add your own notes. A highly recommend for any spinning, weaver, knitter or crocheter!
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Based on the Fleece and Fibre Source Book this little book is handy enough to pop into a bag or pocket if you're looking to buy your fleece at a show. I measures just 5" x 7" and is 232 pages of excellent information. It covers the origin of the sheep, fleece weights, staple length, fibre diameters, natural colours and crimp. Also a glossary of terms if you're unfamiliar with them. It gives colour photos of both the sheep and the fleece it produces and whether it's suitable to spin or felt and also how it takes dye. All in all a great little book worth it's weight in gold.
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