Spinning is a practical, fascinating and satisfying hobby with continuing appeal in an age of mass production. The Ashford Book of Spinning is a comprehensive spinning primer written by a leading New Zealand spinner with an international reputation as a teacher and craftsperson.
Author Anne Field has a unique ability to describe a physical skill clearly and concisely and her instructions are illustrated by over one hundred step-by-step photographs and diagrams.
In addition to advice on spinning wool with a variety of techniques, she offers chapters on the use of other fibers and novelty yarns, and on dyeing. There is also an introduction to the craft of felting and a useful selection of patterns for knitting, crocheting and weaving your own handspun yarn.
Since its first edition, published in 1986, The Ashford Book of Spinning has sold thousands of copies all over the world, including in German and Japanese editions. It is widely regarded as the foremost text on the subject. This revised edition introduces the latest techniques and equipment and includes a range of new projects using handspun wool and other fibers.
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