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Product details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave; 1st Edition edition (10 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596681551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596681552
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 21.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 went to a craft fair and became interested in spinning wool with a hand spindle. Someone showed me how to do it, but it's not as easy as it looks! I asked for a book that could help me, and Respect The Spindle was recommended to me as the best book on the market. I went home and ordered the book from Amazon, and I can only say that this book has been very very helpful. Not only is the book packed with lots of photographs of different types of spindles and spinning wheels, but it also demonstrates very clearly in words and pictures how to use the various spindles, with lots of tips and tricks of how to get good results. This book has been a great help in choosing the right type of hand spindle for me and also to understand how to use it correctly.
I cannot recommend the book highly enough - it really is a 'must have' if you are interested in spinning!
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Spinning on a spindle is thousands of years old. It has its origins in the mists of time and was how our ancestors produced thread for the first garments and blankets made by mankind. The spindle predates the spinning wheel and any other technology invented in the last 2000 years.
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.
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This is a very thorough introduction to the techniques of the drop spindle. There is just enough history and cultural commentary to keep the reader interested and perhaps spark a quest for more information. The meat of the book however is a step by step (chapter by chapter) introduction to spindles, including how to choose different spindles and different techniques for different fibres and finished yarns. Each of the major principles, such as drafting and plying are concisely explained and illustrated with photographs. Potential problems are addressed as they are likely to occur, not before, so as not to discourage you; and not buried at the end of the book so that you have to flick back and forth. There is also a useful chapter on the storage, care and repair of spindles. The three free knitting/crochet patterns at the end of the book showcase three very different yarns that can be created using a drop spindle.

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.
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I was silly enough to go to a knitting and fibre fair back in February and was taken by the hand spinning people. I'm now hooked! I bought the book because I had bought a spindle and some wool at the fair and just had a go and made some rope thick strands! I then looked on the net and tried again and got a better finish. I then wanted to see what else I needed to know about in order to make a better and varying thread. This is where this book comes into its own. It goes through everything in an informative and interesting way and doesn't wizz straight onto spinning wheels. I dont want a wheel, I want to be able to spin in the garden, at festivals, in the kitchen and whilst watching TV. This book tells you everything you need to know and I really enjoyed reading it.
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This was one of two books I bought about drop spindling. This was by far the best of the two. The author is obviously very enthusiastic about this craft and is very talented having learnt to spin as a young girl in the Peruvian Andes. A much more informed book than others, one I can thoroughly recommend
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I have the book, I'm waiting for the spindles to arrive - then I'm good to go! This is a good book, and well recommended in the spinning community. Although I have no idea what I am doing, after reading this book cover to cover I am ready to give it ago, knowing that I have a great reference book to refer to when things go wrong.
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Happened across video of spinning with a spindle, this book is a brilliant starter point. Instructions are clear and the author's enthusiasm for spinning is infectious. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to start spinning with a drop spindle.
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