Spinner's Book of Fleece, The Hardcover – 15 Sep 2014
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From the Back Cover
KNOW YOUR FLEECE BEFORE GIVING IT A SPIN
An essential companion for spinners of all levels, this sheep-by-sheep guide provides fleece profiles of 19 breeds and describes the different spinning methods that produce yarns suitable for a wide range of projects - from lacy shawls to sturdy outerwear. You'll explore the basic characteristics of fleece - crimp structure, lock shape, and relative fineness or coarseness - and learn how they affect the quality of the yarn you spin. Also included are instructions on proper cleaning and processing techniques for different types of fleece and tips for successful spinning.
Choose the right fleece for your project every time, and you'll have enviable control over each step, from washing to spinning to finished item.
About the Author
Beth Smith, author of How to Spin and The Spinner's Book of Fleece, is renowned for her love of the variety and versatility of sheep breeds, and she teaches the whys and how-tos of preparing and spinning wool from different breeds. For seven years she owned The Spinning Loft, a shop celebrated for its selection of hard-to-find quality fleeces. She teaches internationally and writes for PLY, Spin Off, and Knittyspin magazines. She also sits on the editorial board of PLY magazine. She lives in Howell, Michigan.
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Beth Smith breaks down sheep fleece (no other animals included) into four main types; and introduces distinct breeds which fit into those types. For each she offers tips on:
• Choosing the source. purchasing and breed selection.
• Best scouring, preparation, Spinning techniques, finishing for each type.
• Tracking and measuring results of your experiments, twist, WPI, recording what you did so you learn!
• Best applications for these choices of source + preparation + finishing.
There’s so much included here that I haven’t seen covered much elsewhere and not much online either (unless you mine the rich ore of Ravelry). Did you know you could reconstitute the crimp in a commercially prepared fibre which has been compressed for so long? Had you considered the degrees of fulling yarns when setting twist, why you would? I’ve seen instruction on how to “thwack” the yarn, but hadn’t considered the degrees to which you might do this and to what effect. For this reason, I think also experienced spinners will find something surprising in this book.
It’s really the perfect companion to put in practice the info in the Fleece and Fibre Sourcebook, and help you prepare for using your spindle (Respect the Spindle) (or wheel) and making gorgeous yarns (Spinners Book of Yarn Designs).
Beth Smith’s main message: PLAY!
My biggest take away is what Beth Smith refers to as “sampling”, which what the book is made of. Lovely, inspiring, intriguing samples. The sample photos show lots of detail. For example a tag might say “Flicked/worsted spun from cut end/ 2 ply”.
Beth Smith makes me any to get organised and undertake my personal breed study. She advises experimenting and keeping records, with practical advice on storage, and inspiration of experiments to try.
She includes spinning advice for knitting, types of stitches which work best with a given yarn. She also makes distinctions of finishing yarns for knitting or weaving. There’s nothing specific on twist and crochet, which I’ve seen covered in other sources. But the weaving detail is very interesting.
Tips on Plying for a specific effect with a given fleece type
Breed selection for a specific purpose
Choosing fleece; fleece faults
Spinners Book of Fleece is chock full of inspiration. I’ve just booked my summer “staycation” at home and not sorry I can’t travel because I’ll be elbow deep in fleece :) Thank you Beth for this guidebook, it’s so full of wooly love and care.
This book is well written and has lots of useful photos and extra information - I'd recommend it!
I am going to recommend that my local guild adds this to their library.
It is crammed full of really useful information, good reviews of techniques and sound advice.
This book is brilliant. Just the sort of book I like as it encourages you to have a go and not get hung up if your yarn isn't perfect. It is full of good advice and practical in a straightforward way. It's easy to read and use.
I will be suggesting it to my local Guild as a book to buy for the library.
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