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Spinner's Book of Yarn Designs Hardcover – 15 Feb 2013
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This inspired resource for spinners details the dizzying array of techniques and tactics that turn fleece into yarn. Veteran spinner Anderson has created a veritable spinner's cookbook, detailing 80 lovely concoctions and confections, with suggestions for variations and further exploration. The opening chapter covers basic fiber preparation and spinning techniques. Chapters on singles, the spinner's basic building block, detail techniques for stand-alone singles and singles for plying; subsequent chapters cover spiral yarns, opposing plies, boucles, cable, crepe, coil, and novelty yarns. Delicious varieties such as spiral "flame yarn," "bubble crepe," "cloud yarn," and distinctive "pigtail yarn" are detailed. Beautiful illustrations and clear step-by-step diagrams are offered for each of the 80 yarns that are discussed, and pop-out boxes with tips, tricks, and food for thought (for example, "lace knitting: two-ply versus three-ply") pepper each chapter. The pages have thoughtful side tab labels to make finding the right section easy. Inventive, accessible, and fun, this book is an invitation to spinners of all skill levels to venture into uncharted territory and try out something new. This beautiful reference is an essential addition to any spinner's library.
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Expand Your Spinning Repertoire!
Explore the exciting possibilities in wool and wheel with Sarah Anderson as she invites you into her yarn library and demonstrates how to spin everything from classic fat and fine singles to dozens of boucle variations and one-of-a-kind novelty yarns. Featuring step-by-step instructions on making 80 distinctive yarns, this is the primer every spinner needs to begin building a unique collection of luxious yarns.
64 unique reference cards appear throughout to illustrate step-by-step the singles and twist combinations that comprise each yarn. A second set of the cards, in a handy take-along format, is packaging in a separate envelope at the back of the book.See all Product description
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Another thing I want to mention: good layout. As a designer I often twitch and shudder seeng books made unreadable with fonts too small or big, uncomfortable to use, making eyes water with off color combination. I'm delighted to say this is not one of those. It's beautiful.
And... In the pocket attached to back cover you'll find cards describing all the techniques for creating these wonderful yarns - to use as a quick reminder when you are at your wheel spinning.
It starts with quite basic stuff about spinning generally - and taught me many things I didn't know already. Then it becomes like a recipe book for so many different yarns you can spin and ply. I've tried several and they have worked beautifully. I have many more to try yet.
This will be a companion for life!
Clear simple advice , easy to follow, with pictures/photos.
Suitable: From beginner to advanced, jam packed with information, all you can ever need..
Well worth buying. A must for all spinners.