By Nola Fournier and Elizabeth Fournier
Essential reading for handspinners, wool growers, and other fiber craft enthusiasts, this indispensable and convenient reference eBook provides a comprehensive review of the characteristics of wool from 100 breeds of sheep.
Actual fleece locks are shown in full-size photographs, and knitting, crochet, weaving, and other techniques illustrate the importance of matching wool type to end use. Everything from baby-soft Merino to silky Lincoln and sturdy Karakul – the full range of nature’s miracle fiber – is represented here, with special attention given to fleece characteristics and to methods of preparation and spinning. You’ll find expert advice on: selecting top-quality fleeces; cleaning wool efficiently and thoroughly; teasing, flicking, combing, carding, and other preparation methods; and spinning and plying a variety of yarn styles.
Whether you knit, crochet, spin, or weave; you’ll love the freedom to learn about wool in more places with the easy-to-download In Sheep’s Clothing eBook!
ISBN 13: 9781596689657
By Alden Amos
Being a Compendium of Information, Advice, and Opinion on the Noble Art & Craft
Wheel designer and maintainer of textile traditions, Alden Amos the recipient and evaluator of traditional wisdom lets no point go unexamined. This is truly a BIG book offering decades of experience in making and handling yarn. He’ll change your spinning for the better, whether you agree with him or not.
ISBN 13: 9781883010881
By Pauline Turner
For the first time since the late 1970s, crocheters have a number of excellent new crochet books from which to choose. This is among the best. Turner is a gifted teacher and author of books and videos on crochet, including The Technique of Crochet and Crochet: A History of the Craft Since 1850. This is a complete crochet course presented as a series of workshops that cover not only standard crochet but also those varieties of crochet that do not employ a standard crochet hook, such as Tunisian, broomstick, and hairpin crochet. Each workshop features an illustrative project, full-color illustrations of techniques, and step-by-step instructions written for a U.S. audience. Public libraries will want to add this title to their short list of essential crochet books.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Product dimensions: 8.46 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.73 (d)
by Effie Mitrofanis
A lavishly illustrated work on the techniques of tassel making, which also contains many suggestions for their use. Each finished project is shown in a full page color photograph, and is explained step-by-step in further color photographs.
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: Kangaroo Press Pty.Ltd (October 31, 1995)
Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.1 x 0.2 inches
By Nancy Welsh
Decorative tassels are one of the elements of the Renaissance craft of passementerie, developed in Italy and France to embellish furniture and interior hangings. Until recently, very few were made outside the drapery and upholstery trade. Tassels have now become art objects. Using techniques similar to macrame, tassel-makers fashion simple ornaments of colored cord or elaborate creations shaped around a molded core. An author of cookbooks and garden books, Welch here provides an interesting summary of the uses of tassels around the world and a gallery of tassels by contemporary artists, as well as a section of step-by-step projects for making a variety of simple tassels.
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Lark; 1st edition (1992)
Small stapled catalogue Introduction to Hand Spinning–12 pp. w/ photos.
Publisher: Ashford Handicrafts Ltd. New Zealand (1980)
The Knitter’s Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber
by Clara Parkes
In this complete guide to wool – the most popular yarn around – passionate wool expert Clara Parkes translates the vast world of sheep and their wool into the language and context of knitting.
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Potter Craft (October 13, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 9.8 inches
by Penny Walsh
Yarn is the basic unit of textile construction and every fabric, except felt, is made with it. The properties of yarn-its ply, tensile strength, weight, elasticity, and resistance to heat, water, and shrinkage-are what give each yarn its unique characteristics. By manipulating these properties, an astonishing array of fabric types can be produced, creating any number of textures and appearances.
By focusing on these varieties, Penny Walsh is able to closely examine the composition and construction of different yarns and explore their many uses. She examines the techniques of spinning and the mechanisms used to create yarn. Color illustrations accompany the text, demonstrating the appearances of different yarns. There is also practical instruction on making your own threads and yarns. The Yarn Book is written for the serious student and the professional textile artist, and will be useful for spinners and weavers. It is a complete guide to understanding, designing, and using yarn.
Series: Textiles Handbooks
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (July 26, 2006)
Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 6.1 x 8.8 inches
by Amy King
From soft, bulky single yarns to serviceable three-ply for heavy use, this guide to handspun yarns combines the positive traits of commercial yarns with personal touches. Focusing at first on the spinning wheel, emphasis is placed on the importance of adjusting and customizing the wheel for best results. Instructions on core spinning and less traditional techniques lead off the beaten path to novelty yarns. Each type of yarn is explored in detail with instructions on how to make them.
Paperback: 120 pages
Publisher: Interweave; Original edition (June 1, 2009)
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.7 inches
by Sue Blacker
Single-breed wool yarn offers amazing, unique qualities that differ from breed to breed.Pure Wool explains how to select and wisely use single-breed wool yarn to take best advantage of these qualities in knitting, crocheting, rug making, and other needlecrafts. Detailed descriptions of 16 types of pure wool focus on the specific characteristics that make each type great for some projects and not so good for others. In addition, 21 knitting patterns are given, along with information on the best kinds of wools to use for them. All the technical know-how you need to get creative with single-breed yarns, as well as an introduction to the sheep, and the people, behind the wool.
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Stackpole Books; 1 edition (September 1, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.3 x 10.8 inches