on 21 April 2009
This is a fascinating book with a wealth of information on fibres and technique. I have several spinning books, having been a spinner for about five years, and this is the first which has grabbed me to the extent that I read it from cover to cover. I don't think a beginner would get as much from it as its not aimed at the completely unitiated but for anyone who has grasped the basic principles and now wants to branch out and spin specific, designed yarns rather than what just "happens" this book will continually prompt "ah, I see!" moments. The step-by-step photos in the yarn construction section of the book are nice and clear and the text is easy to follow. It will encourage any spinner to experiment and I don't think anyone could fail to improve their spinning with this book alongside. It is extremely well written and is very encouraging rather than prescriptive; I cannot recommend it highly enough.
on 6 September 2010
Wow. I've only been spinning for a year, but I've looked through almost every spinning book there is, and this one is definitely one of the best. It covers drafting and spinning techniques in great detail, describes every spinning fiber you can think of (and some you wouldn't have imagined!), and the plying and design sections are excellent. It is very well organized and illustrated, and her writing style is clear and occasionally highly entertaining. I'm beyond the beginning stage of spinning, and this book has provided me with all the information I need to take my spinning to the next level. Highly recommended.
on 16 October 2010
I found this book in my local library and it was a great find. It explains the nature of fibres, the difference between woolen and worsted, how to decide what your fleece is suitable for, and how to spin it. I wish I'd found this book before the Ashford Book of Spinning as it ties together what I learnt in class so much better.
on 15 August 2010
I started spinning at the beginning of this year (2010) and have bought a fair number of books on the subject. Judith's stands out by being entertaining, comprehensive, very informative and with clear pictures. Warmly recommended, you will not regret this purchase.