Building on the basics presented in the author’s previous book, Ashford Book of Spinning, this handbook provides more advanced spinners with information extending beyond the act of spinning how to spin an adequate yarn and extend the range of yarns produced, what happens during the spinning process, and the relationship between the raw materials and the final output for greater mastery of the craft. This new edition features up-to-date information about spinning wheels, new color photos, and seven new projects. Organized in four sections wool, spinning wheels, yarn design, and projects the text provides examples of a global range of fleece types, a detailed examination of the functions of bobbin and flyer wheels, a step-by-step analysis of spinning yarns of a predetermined size and twist count best suited to the properties of the fleece, and informative explanations of different spinning materials. The nine woven and knitted projects, including a fleece rug, skirt fabric, mittens, and a triangular shawl, are particularly suitable for handspun yarn.
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Anne Field has been a weaver and spinner for more than 45 years whose work has been exhibited in many countries. She is an international teacher and the author of more than six books, including The Ashford Book of Spinning, Collapse Weave, Devore, and Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics.From Booklist:
Is 15 years a long enough time period to warrant a revision-update of a classic how-to-spin-part-two book? Though sheep dont change much in a decade and a half, equipment does, as do clothing styles and trends. So New Zealand weaver-spinner Field (The Ashford Book of Spinning, 1987) builds on her initial book, adding color photographs (especially important when differentiating between and among Romneys or Merinos or Lincolns), updating equipment types, and featuring 10 projects with flair enough for contemporary stitchers. What doesnt change? The wealth of information packed into the narrative and sidebars, from an enumeration of the properties of wool and the advantages and disadvantages of sheep coats to clear notes about the appropriate uses of various fleeces. Best yet is Fields sense of humor. Who could argue with Analyzing a fleece is rather like following the clues in a detective novel? Classification of New Zealand wools, wool analysis chart, drive ratio and twists per inches, and spinning to match the crimp are appended. --Barbara Jacobs
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