Respect The Spindle Paperback – 10 Nov 2009
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This is much more than a technique book. There are 50 pages about spindles and the history of spinning, before you get to "Starting to Spin". The instructions are very well done, nothing is rushed and there are good photos of everything you need. I'd happily recommend this to a beginner. It is a very readable book. We have tales of Abby's own experiences as a spinner, a chapter on how spindles work (it does get a bit technical, but she does explain it all clearly), all spindle spinning and plying techniques well covered, and even a few pages on looking after your spindles and repairing them. A good read, excellent spinning instructions, helpful photos.-Yarn Maker
About the Author
Abby Franquemont was raised in the United States and the Andes, where she was taught to spin on a spindle at the age of five. She has been spinning, knitting, weaving, and crocheting, for more than thirty years. She is a fiber artist, teacher, technical editor, and writer whose work has appeared in Spin-Off, Spindlecity, and Twist Collective.
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I cannot recommend the book highly enough - it really is a 'must have' if you are interested in spinning!
However there is one other reason that working with a spindle has made a huge difference in my life. Learning to spin on a spindle has provided me with enhanced mobility due to the sedate movements required in order to form yarn. The physiotherapy I have got has been tremendous. My shoulders now have more movement than they have had in years.
The movements involved in using a spindle to make yarn, look very much like Ti Chi. The added benefit to this light form of exercise and rhythmic movement is yarn as a bi-product to use for your knitting, crochet and weaving.
The author uses numerous photos to demonstrate the technique to using a spindle and how to then ply your yarn ready for final use in garment production. This author has a number of Youtube videos demonstrating how to use a spindle. Within the spinning and crafting community this book represents a real solution to a gap in the market that has frustrated would be spindlers for a number of years who wish to learn but didn't have access to a wonderful book like this before.
The author learned to spin as a child aged five and her wealth of experience at spinning shows in her teaching technique.
It's well worth buying this book if you wish to learn this ancient technique.
I also purchased the video of the same name from the publisher which really aided my understanding of this book - not essential, but valuable if you can get both together. Overall the tone of both are very encouraging, very clear and beautifully presented.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent introduction to spindle spinning. Is great for the complete novice and I would recommend it. Lots of good photos to help youPublished 2 months ago by katherine rubery
As a new spinner/spindles/spinster, I really love this book. I gathered a huge amount of useful information and my spinning is making good progress.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a book...., for the drop spindle spinner - this is it! Everything you could want to know about drop spindle spinning, well photographed and nicely paced, with lots of clear... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Izzy
This is the best book I have ever read on spindle spinning and I thoroughly recommend it. It is jargon-free, practical and so encouraging to the beginner. Read morePublished 14 months ago by book lover
Awesome book that puts the spindle back where it belongs, at the very heart of hand spinning. Perfect for the beginning hand spinner.Published 20 months ago by David
Great book very informative lots of history and explanations. Couldn't put it down. Brilliant author who knows her subject.Published 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
This book came highly recommended to me as the best book on spinning and I heartily recommend it in turn!Published 21 months ago by Louise
A delightful book to look at an invaluable resource for anyone who's new to spindle-spinning. This book covers just about everything that you can think of that you'd need to know... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Luddite Writer