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Yarn Works: How to Spin, Dye, and Knit Your Own Yarn Flexibound – 23 Jan 2014

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  • Flexibound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing International (23 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589237889
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589237889
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.9 x 22.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,982 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

W.J. JOHNSON (aka Wendy J. Johnson) has been spinning, dyeing, and knitting for more than thirty years. She has a BA in Fine Arts and Music with additional arts education in Fibre Arts, Graphic Design, and Architecture. She is a fibre artist, photographer, media and installation artist, and educator in the fiber arts, with an emphasis on spinning, dyeing, weaving, and knitting. Her fibre arts, photography, and fine art work is highlighted in her company Saga Hill Designs,
She has been a champion for Swedish textile arts and has facilitated exhibits on Swedish knitting artists (Elsebeth Lavold, Inger Fredholm, and Bohus Stickning—all at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis, Minn.). Wendy was a principal author, photographer, and designer of the book Bohus Stickning—Radiant Knits: An Enchanting Obsession.
She is also the President and Art Director of Points Of View Productions, a multimedia company; and founder of Elder Eye Design, where she is “The Legibility Doctor”, advising clients on legibility issues in print, space design, and products for the aging eye. On the side, Wendy visits fleece on the hoof as she and her border collies attempt to “come by” sheep every so often in a dance called “herding.” Wendy lives in an area west of Minneapolis with her husband and two crazy border collies in a home she designed using aging-friendly principles.

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Excellent book covering a wide range of spinning related topics
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HASH(0x96f5a870) out of 5 stars This book will become a classic! 23 Jan. 2014
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I give this book my highest rating because it uniquely combines the arts of spinning, dying and knitting in one place. For example, you can follow a fiber for example from the sheep, through the spinning process, into the dye vat, and then knit into very interesting pattern. The writing is very accessible and even humorous at times, the photography is beautiful and educationally illustrative, there is a great historical context provided, and the Appendix is full of valuable resources for anyone interested in the fiber arts.

W.J. Johnson is to be commended for this effort and I am sure this book will become a "Fiber Classic!"
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f5aabc) out of 5 stars All-in-one guide to yarn: spinning, dyeing and knitting. 8 Mar. 2014
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From the author: "*Yarn Works* is...a guide for knitters who wish to try spinning and dyeing...but will also appeal to current spinners and dyers who want to gain further background and increase creative inspiration in their work." I bought the book as a knitter who who had already started spinning and dabbled in dyeing. Good choice!
Johnson devotes a fourth of the book on a brief history of fiber and fiber prep and tools then gives spinning basics. The wheel, spindle, orifice hook, lazy Kate, kiddy-noddy and swift are covered then onto spinning concepts. Dyeing basics and then knitting patterns for your yarn are nicely presented followed by a well organized appendix for setting up one's home space.
The color photographs are clear and useful. The writing is clear. One wishes such a book were in spiral, but it isn't.
I recommend the book as a useful and worthwhile compendium of what it wants to be: yarn works—spinning, dyeing, and knitting one's own yarn.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96f5aa80) out of 5 stars A Great Fiber Arts Reference Book 1 April 2014
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I was pleasantly surprised by all of the information in this book. There are what I would call "golden nuggets" in each section. It is a great reference book for spinners, dyers and knitters alike. "Yarn Works" goes beyond the information provided in most knitting books. Even if you don't do all three arts, you will benefit from purchasing this book. I don't think you would be disappointed. I'm telling all of my friends about it.
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HASH(0x96f5d078) out of 5 stars The Journey from Sheep to Knitted Treasures 29 Jun. 2015
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Like Wendy J. Johnson, I come from Swedish roots and enjoy pursuing the fiber arts that my ancestors practiced. This book does a marvelous job of covering the gamut from sheep to finished knit project! I practice all of these aspects of working with fiber and also weave with my handspun. Here the more experienced fiber artist can zero in on the aspect (spinning vs. dyeing, for example) that is currently in question OR the beginning fiber artist will likely want to start at page one and move systematically through the entire book. The Appendices are full of valuable material as well. All in all, a very easy to read and useful resource.
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HASH(0x96f5ae10) out of 5 stars An all encompassing from sheep to sweater book. 29 April 2015
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This is an all encompassing from sheep to sweater book. If you want to learn everything from the animal and plant sources to knitting a sweater this is the go-to book covering all the steps. It is very technical and detailed so you can learn how to do everything with clear step-by -step instructions with beautiful photos.
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